Thursday, March 02, 2006

Illustration Job

Today I received a copy of a magazine that I did a bunch of illustrations for last month. It's called Training Treasures and it's written as a guide for business training. This issue's main feature is about storytelling and how to use stories ro motivate and sell. The publisher wanted comic book style illustrations to go with the theme and somehow found me! It was a fun job.

Happily, the magazine looks GREAT! It's printed on really nice paper--heavy stock, glossy finish. I turned in artwork at a higher resolution than some of the comics publishers typically use and I think it paid off. I'm quite pleased!

The End of the World

As stated in a previous blog entry, I’m juggling a couple of big projects right now. This is good news, but I have to tell y’all that it is not easy! My biggest problem is that the projects are very different and it’s hard to make the mental ‘jump’ back and forth. Today I’m coping with a little thing they call “Writer’s block.” In fact, this is one of the reasons I am writing this blog entry--to get the creative juices flowing, so to speak.

I’ve blocked out the entire day for uninterrupted work on my Top-Secret Manga script. Therefore, I got my errands all done early. I often spend part of my workday running around to the bank, post office, dry-cleaners and such. Today I was shocked to find the post office closed. One of the employees was hanging around the lobby, helping people buy stamps from the machines and explaining that there is some “nationwide problem” with the postal system. Sounds scary, but I’ve found no mention of the problem in the news. Maybe it’s nothing. Maybe we’ll learn more as the day progresses!

After that, I stopped next door at the local Starbucks (sorry, Kieron) and was dismayed that they were only taking to-go orders for the “tall” sized coffees (that’s the smallest), because the store was out of lids for the “grande” and “venti” sizes.

Clearly, there is something amiss in the world. Let’s just say that I feel uneasy. And it bodes ill that writing this lame story is how I’ve chosen to start my workday.

Wish me luck (and don’t tell my editor)…