“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by…” (Douglas Adams)

It’s been some time since the last email! Those deadlines mentioned above have  indeed whooshed by, but happily I managed to make them. Along with that, nearly every Monday I’ve put up a post on my Patreon page! Exclamation mark because it’s been a year now, and I’ve stuck with it, didn’t give up on it, so I’m now in it for the long haul. While not perfect, I do like the platform because any post I make goes automatically to those who are interested, so my emails and artwork are not bothering those who are no longer interested. (totally understand, it happens to us all)

Below is something that, with the help of someone who like my work (shocked exclamation point here – ! ), I’ll be doing at least once a month. Possibly more often (especially when the weather is warm enough outside), but let’s say once a month I’ll be taking either a card, a painting, or sometimes a watercolor, and video taping it (ok, I guess the modern word is “GoPro-ing” it…?) from beginning to end. Granted, there is a learning curve, and as it takes me at least 5 hours (often 7 or more, and paintings take days), the videos will be done in chunks and/or sped up considerable. I’ll learn as I go, and see what works best.

Below is the first attempt. Not with painting a card, this is of an Artist Proof already done and is just 30 seconds or so long (the card is up for auction until October 22nd or so…) just to try out the camera and try to edit. Editing is the most time-consuming and has the biggest learning curve. The biginning of the video is fine, but the end just drops off (I lost patien– *cough* — ran out of time, I meant to say, lol), but I’m sure it will be fine the next time.

I’ve completed lots of work since the last post as well, and will update that in a future post/email. Half completed as we “speak”, is an artist proof card from Topps’ Journey to The Last Jedi (I can’t wait to see the movie) that I’ve been doing on video from blank to complete. That video should be ready over next weekend, and my Patrons have early access to that, after which it’ll be for everyone to see. Crossing my fingers I can stitch it together… The video below was put together (well, the beginning anyway) with OpenShot Video Editor, an open-platform editor. Seems basically the same as any other editor – the tricky part is figuring out which file format works best (MP4 seems to play nicest with YouTube).

Anyway. Warning: self-promo ahead, again: Become a Patron of “moi”, and help me become a better creator/artist/illustrator! Patrons are an indispensable brick in the wall that supports any artist. You are valued beyond belief! Whether you pledge 1$ or 15$, it all counts and goes to defrays the cost of paint (I go through tubes of paint like a baby goes through diapers 😄  ), taking the time to sketch/paint pretty much anything, sketch/paint outside instead of only in studio, AND helps cover the time it takes to keep up with technologies like videos.

Until next time, Live Long and Prosper! (yes, I do know the music I chose didn’t go with the theme of the beginning blurb, but those deadlines were whooshing by…)

Links mentioned: Luke Skywalker, Drawn and Divided Patreon (yours truly)

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