Well, guys, update time.
Never thought I'd be a stranger to this place, but I'm just never around here anymore. Wouldn't you know it, this working business takes a lot of time and energy.
Work's been super fast-paced, intriguing, challenging. I don't believe the range of things I've worked on in the past two-point-five months. Traditional animation, Flash animation (oh god so much Flash animation), concept art (the funnest stuff of all, why am I even getting paid for this?), proposals, games, toys, icons, exactly one squillion in-game items, websites, user interfaces, and on and on. SO COOL. We seem to be short-staffed, or just generally over-burdened (the guys have told me this is pretty much the busiest they've seen the place), so I've been racing through the daily minefield of surprise deadlines to keep abreast of the big thundering monster ones. But it's the speed and the unknown schedule that makes every day interesting. And a complete blur afterwards. I am so lucky to have something new and completely different to attack on a weekly, daily, hourly basis.
However, since I was last around here I had a couple really drawing-intensive weeks in a row, like two hundred hours in three weeks or something. It was no-one's fault, a bunch of stuff just came up when the other animator-artists were busy or away and it was all on me, and you know I'd have no problem, no problem at all, but wouldn't you know it my g'damned pathetic mortal right hand does not share my gluttony for abuse. I reeeeally hurt it. Like, could hardly hold my stylus for the shooting pains, was involuntarily dropping my pen like a red hot thing. But we pushed through it LIKE A BOSS. But only because I locked my hand up in its brace all hours it was not being used for work. After all that brave talk last time I was here about never giving up personal art, for three weeks I didn't draw a line for myself. In my adult life I've never gone so long. The last two weeks have been less brutal but I'm still being very economical about the time I spend with a pencil or mouse in hand.
Without drawing to occupy me in the evenings I started doing mad things like going outdoors and crawling on my hands and knees, clawing holes in the dirt and throwing old plant parts into them. Old plant parts are finally taking off, I think, after the battle to keep them alive during the hottest part of the year. Dumb time to plant, but I was seriously in need of something to do that didn't involve more hours in a chair.
Which is fully the reason I've not been much on dA lately. I really am heartened by the news that this is an unusually hectic workload, even that December tends to be boring for the game design world, which gives me something to look forward to. Not the being bored at work, I mean, but getting a good long breather in for my hand and maybe the use of it for my own devices again. Haha, I am so happy I was not fired on the spot for my gimpy wrist. My bosses are so cool. They seem to appreciate my speed (was I a fast drawer before? pft, I was crawling) and I think I'm filling a niche as someone who's very comfortable with a tablet. I think they may keep me around. I am legitimately worried about my hand, though. Since nearly five years ago when I thought I'd set down the artist path I've known my tendency to blow out my hand would be an issue as a professional. Well, here we are. Aching fingers crossed I can balance this and maybe even find ways around it. By god I am not losing this job because this scrawny amalgamation of blood and bones cannot take it.
Anyhoo. For the curious, that's where I've been.
I know some people wanted to see work stuff, but all the best stuff isn't anything I can share. Give it six months and maybe some of these projects will be released and I'll try to remember to come brag about what I worked on. (: There's a super cool tablet game I'm very much hoping we get to develop for Nickelodeon that's glowy and awesome and that's all I should say. OHYEAH name drop timeh. After helping with several Disney projects I have a vague dislike of their persnicketyness. (Though I have gotten to see Frozen artwork over the shoulders of the guys building their website, and it looks wiiiicked.) PBS is my favorite client. Random House is not. </name drop time>
I've been irresponsibly stealing the odd hour for my own art the last few weeks and will have something like artwork to post as soon as I get it together. I think I'm headed back down into another few crisis weeks so no promises I'll be any more active here for a while.
Hope you guys have been well and that the part of the world you live in is not on fire. Take care!
I'm glad to hear from you again! too bad about your hand though, eh? Hope you feel better REAL soon, so you could start doing what you love most, and create that fantastic art of yer's! Plus that job of yours seems so awesome, you are really lucky to have it! best wishes to you, my friend!
ugh, sorry about your hand! D: Maybe if you get a chance where the deadline isn't THAT close, you could find some simple tasks to use with you un-dominant hand. When my right hand starts having a fit I start to do erasing with my left. I also try to eat and do other tasks with it as well. It's been getting stronger and hopefully it's a small step to ambidexterity.
Good luck with your work!
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR PAIN THOUGH! D: I hope there's a way your hand heals from this, or at least grows stronger so it can handle your art career well. I certainly wouldn't want you to lose your job, either.
Hey maybe my message got buried in your inbox, but I finished my part of our art trade: jwiesner.deviantart.com/art/Mo… Just so you got something nice between your daily troubles. C:
Btw the part you wrote there "Without drawing to occupy me in the evenings I started doing mad things like going outdoors and crawling on my hands and knees, clawing holes in the dirt and throwing old plant parts into them." made me laugh. I just love the way you write!
Im so thrilled you have found a happy place, cheers and prosperity!
Dude. Whatever your job is... I WANT IT!
Glad to hear you are keeping on top of everything!
(P.S., That comic we were discussing is still a thing, but has been blindsided by IRL things. I shall update you on its progress via email once some viable progress has been made.)