2009, I Loved You.

(Dec 25, 2009)

Merry Christmas! With this being my last post of the year, I thought that I would take the time to reflect on all the good fortune bestowed upon me art-wise and what I’m looking forward to in 2010.

I don’t want to bore uninterested parties to death, so my year in review is after the cut.

I’m kind of a professional!

The biggest thing that I have to be grateful for this year was all the advances I made professionally. Six years after graduating from art school I finally feel like this is something that I could make a living doing! MK and I signed a book deal with First Second to publish Americus, the graphic novel we’ve been working on for two years [which I’m really, really close to finishing the first draft of]. I had an exponential increase in freelance work this year, most of which has come from a local paper, the Willamette Week. Outside of the paying part of the work they send my way, I really enjoy doing it and it’s given me a lot of really good experience. The quick turnaround time and diversity of subject matter have really strengthened my illustration muscles and kept my mind sharp.

It’s the little things, too

Outside of the ‘big’ professional advances I’ve made, I think it’s the tiny things and odd projects that I’ve done over the course of the year that I’m most proud of – not because of the work itself, but because it’s nice to see that even though I’m drawing for other people most of the time, I’m still finding time and forcing myself to draw for myself and keep myself busy with other projects.

The biggest of these projects is this blog. It’s been so good to have a goal of having to post something – anything – art related once a week. Starting this website was something that we’ve been talking and talking about forever, and to have it finally happen has been great. I really think the blog was responsible for keeping all of us to task and spawning a lot of projects that we always had in our minds, but never actualized. Without it we probably wouldn’t have finished the calendar this year, we wouldn’t have conducted our first interview and podcast, etc, etc. Even tiny things like my holiday card this year wouldn’t have gotten accomplished without this blog as motivation.

Anyhow, it’s been great keeping this website active, and I look forward to where we will take it in the next year.

Whatcha’ bringing, 2010?

I don’t care much for Christmas, but what I do care for is New Year’s. I love to look back at the previous year and think of all the places that I thought I would end up or things that I thought would happen, and how most of those things never came to be, but how great things ended up nonetheless. I also like the sense of the fresh start.

So who knows where 2010 will take me, but some here are some things that I’m looking forward to:

  • Finishing Americus! – This thing has been more than two years in the making! I just finished page 172, and still have about thirty more pages to go. I’m way behind where I want to be time-wise, but it feels good to be getting close. I will still have all the editing to do and the incidental artwork and cover and what not, but man-o-man… When I’m done, I get to…
  • Draw my own comics! – I haven’t drawn a comic of anyone getting punched in the face in more than two years! I don’t even know if I remember how anymore… Joking aside, I am really, really excited to have this book wrapped up, and to take all the experience I’ve gained from the process and see what I will come up with when free to be working on something of my own. Whatever it is, I promise you that shit will be getting kicked.
  • Get more work! – The biggest thing that I want to do once I have some more free time besides figuring out my next comics project is to sit down and dedicate the time to promoting myself as an illustrator. I’ve been very fortunate with allĀ  the work that has come to me, but it would be nice to get more and be able to support myself completely with my art. I think that once I can dedicate more time to the business side of that, it can become a reality and success of this past year is a good jumping off point.
  • Random Projects! – Continuing with the idea of the blog being a great excuse to fool around with other things and having more free time once I finish Americus, I’d like to continue doing projects like interviews/podcasts, print-at-home posters and CD inserts, and doing more silk screening. I also have this crazy idea of teaching some small art classes to anyone that’s willing to listen to my dumb-ass in our studio upstairs.


Lastly, I would like to thank everyone that has taken the time to visit the website for reading. We really, really appreciate it.

2 Responses to “2009, I Loved You.”

  1. 2010: Be there!

  2. So glad you had an awesome 2009. After having a little taste, I can’t wait to get my hands on the full-blown Americus! Good luck with finishing that, and hope you have an even better 2010.

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