Back from Chicago and what a trip. It seems my life has been turned upside down and inside out. I WISH I could spout on and on about why, but some things currently are better kept under wraps for now.
I will say that I was inspired to draw this sketch card from Moulin Rouge.
I saw it for the first time a few days ago and was instantly swept up. Ewan McGregor's character reminded me a lot of an overly over the top romantic I once knew. A guy who believed in love more than anything. Believed that as long as you had that going for you, anything was possible. That love could conquer all. That guy has been dead for a while. Or so I thought. Maybe it was the movie, but more than likely it was something else that re-awakened him. Of course the fear is that without the proper motivation fueling him, he may die out again. Or it maybe a temporary reliving. God I hope not though.
I met a lot of new people in Chicago, and was floored by some of the amazing personalities and talent out there. I only wish I had gone as a fanboy and not so much an exhibitor. Although by Sunday I had given into the fanboy a bit more. Over the weekend they also announced that Michael Turner had passed away. And that was hard to hear. It's sad that the world would lose such a talent, and take him so soon. He was only 37. There will be a huge amount of un drawn covers that the world will never be privledged to see.
I do have my computer back and thankfully all data was saved. So the heart of my studio has returned and I am slowly getting back into the groove of things.
That said, my website will be looking significantly different in the next week or so.
I also learned a few hard lessons about relationships this weekend. And I realized that I have no idea how to handle them. I thought that the fact that I had two amazing solid friends for over 18 years who support me through thick and thin as I do them was an example of how I could maintain great time tested relationships.
And as close as I think I am to achieving that lately, I think I'm completely clueless. But I'm trying to fix that. Make certain changes to preserve friendships, and to maintain a relationship permanently. Lord knows I'll probably blow it though too.
But know that for those of you who read this and care. As of this moment, I am extremely happy, but a little sad at the same time.
Now I need to catch up on my commissions. That's a damn good place to start.
So here is one more, I'm starting to really enjoy drawing Buffy.