It's been a while! Sorry I've been so quiet, but I have been checking in periodically to see what's been going on and all your comments have been very much appreciated. Like a lot of artists do at some point, I've been going through a period of doubt. When your passion becomes a job there's a lot of conflict you have to deal with.
I've recently been reading a book called 'Art and Fear: Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking' by David Bayles and Ted Orland. I would heartily recommend it to any creative. It discusses a lot of the worries many of us have, but what's interesting is that by formalising them in the written word it allows us to look at them from a fresh perspective. A lot of the time these irrational fears are running through our heads so fast we don't really spend time looking at them as seeing whether they're actually justified. I was recommended this book a while back and it sat of my shelf for the longest time, unread, but I'm grateful I bought a copy even though I didn't think I needed it at the time.
In lighter news I'll be contributing to an article in Advanced Photoshop. I think it's released in the UK at the end of this month, I don't know whether it's a simultaneous release in places like the US, but I'll be discussing my personal project the Insect Dynasty. I don't know how big my contribution will be, but it was a blast to do. A lot of my time is spent planning the story arc for the Insect Dynasty. I'm almost done and ready to write book 1...FINALLY! Books 2 and 3 are sketched out, it feels good to finally get this thing moving. As it develops I'll start posting more up as I'm holding stuff back until I have the narrative to back it up.
I've been meaning to do prints for a while and that's a project which is slowly taking shape. I may well put the Humragon pic up on Deviant art for purchase whilst I get this other thing up and running. I've also made a little toy design for the Humragon which I'd love to make into a set showing off the different species. I've just popped it up on PatchTogether and if you've got a moment to vote for it, I'd be very grateful. You need to create an account to vote, but voting isn't a commitment to buy at this stage. I think it needs at least 100 votes before it gets prototyped.
Right, I better get things rolling again, what with Dragon Age II, ME3 and Skyrim all in the same year, there's precious little time!
Take it easy