"Well, I'm back". Again. Going to try to stay here this time and not disappear. Thing is, once you've been away for a few weeks the whole habit of posting drawings tends to die off a bit. Then you've got a stack of stuff to post, and you realise you'll be needing a good couple of hours to get it all online. Not to mention the bits of paper that need scanning before they can even be uploaded, and having to reinstall the scanner on the new computer. I'm also someone who tends to be a bit lazy when it comes to sorting things out, always finding good reasons to put it off until tomorrow. After a month or so of giving serious thought to considering maybe getting this page going again, I find myself here today and with time on my hands. Better get busy.
Brief summary of the last six months of so: I'm learning to draw again, but differently this time. Trying to break my dependence on source, so that I can use it truly as a reference, rather than as something to be duplicated precisely in every detail. Trying to draw people without reference at all too, just using my (underpowered) imagination. Not finding this easy, but I'm much better at it than I was. Also learning to charcoal (not sure if that's really a verb, but if not then it should be). Charcoal is turning out to be more rewarding than pencil, which amazes me, and it's all smudgy and messy too. I've got myself a shiny new PC and a better monitor which makes doing the computery doodle things much easier. The old one used to get grumpy when asked to use a big canvas in Painter, then in would click and whirr for about five minutes before letting me zoom in. Should've upgraded ages ago. The 3d modelling has ended up on a bit of a back burner, though expect I'll have another go at it at some point. New PC is amazing for rendering the models - does things in minutes that I previously used to leave running overnight - so all the more reason to have another crack at sculpting. Maybe tomorrow, or next week... Think that just about brings the journal up to date. Time to upload some things.