I'm normally not very open about my private life, keeping both sides, the art and life, separated fromt he public. But since I cherish this community for the immense support you've given me throughoutt the years, I feel the urge to keep you up to date with the things that have an impact on my life.
It's especially important to me to update you with this as to not leave you in the dark, wondering why things are moving so slowly.
On July 20th, I received the shocking phone call that my father had taken his own life. There were no immediate indications for his decision. He was a strong, healthy, successful man with joyful prospects and big plans in his life.
He was a great musician, well versed with the piano and acoustic guitar, and a wonderful singer. And he was a sports man, lifting heavy, running fast and cycling for miles, almost daily. The entire town knew and cherished his company.
Even the day before his decision, my siblings and he went out for a swim and ice cream, after removing right-wing-paroles from poles and buoys in the middle of a lake. Weeks before, he got himself a small dog whom he loved above everything, and his active lifestyle inspired a community of his own.
We both had many plans together. He would turn 65 on the 20th this month.
Last month, the 20th of August, my family and I held his funeral and celebrated the life he had and the life he shared with us; There's nothing but love.
In the past two months, I joined with my siblings and my father's wife in our home town, as well as spending as much time with family and friends as possible.
After all, what happened to us is probably something everyone of you can somewhat comprehend:
The year 2021 went by in such a hurry because every day has been the same. All of us were locked inside, and we got used to working ourselves to oblivion. And what happened to my father and my family, let me on a journey of searching for answers within myself and for everyone else. I know that this will take a very long time to process completely.
But speaking out about this is one step closer to healing. Seeing friends and family is another, and letting myself go with inspiration to try and understand mental health on a deeper level, then convert this understanding into art, will help not only to heal myself. I hope it will support others, too.
Times like these can be eye-openers. It was so for me. There is always so much more to learn, and so much more to give.
But it always takes time.
Of course, my work on Myre is never coming to a halt. If this is something you worry about;
The setback and my current life situation forced me to slow down my output and might eventually lead to a new personal deadline in the future. But my work continues, and I’m making more progress.
My Patreon currently hosts the first chapter of Myre Vol 2. It marks the end of the first chapter and the beginning of the continuation of Myre's story. Since Myre isn't intended to be a full online publication, I halted the posting of single pages there.
The full first chapter will be sent to my supporters via PDF very soon. The PDF is part of a reward, which supporters pledged on Indiegogo last year to help fund the making of Myre Vol 2. In the future, my Patreon rewards will include spoiler free snippets and high resolution artworks, including steps and WIPs... but more about it soon.
In memoriam to a wonderful person who also inspired me to become the person I am today.
Thank you for everything.
Since the lastLivestream went so wonderfully well, I was invited by Behance UK to do a livestream with them tomorrow! If you can, join us and ask any questions related to Myre or art! :>
28th of June (Monday) 12:40 (MEST)
For the replay, follow: https://www.behance.net/live/videos/12251/ In case you can't make it to the livestream. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
Adobe is capable of peeling me out of my art cave and be around other people. :')
All the love! I hope you've been doing well. <3
I am sure you've been asking about my whereabouts and how Myre is going. It's been going wonderfully so far!
The wonderful people of Adobe DE and Behance invited me to do a livestream session with them tomorrow! You can join the chat, ask questions or enjoy watching me present and work on some of the newest pages of Myre Vol 2! The only twist: the stream will be in German. However, since it's on YouTube, there may be automated translations. In case you can't be there during the livestream, you can watch it later as it will get recorded.
Here is the link:
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Have a wonderful rest of the Sunday and a great start into the new week!
2020 has been a rollercoaster with loops bigger than we were sometimes able to stomach. Yet between the darker times were many moments of hope, community spirit and happiness.
All of the happy moments I experienced were through my amazing family, friends and the wonderful community online. There were times when we all had to pull on the same rope to get to our goals and help each other out. We all did our best.
Most of all, despite the hardships this year poured upon our heads, you gave everything you had to support my art journey and to make Myre Vol 2 come to life! It's a slow but steady process.
Thank you so much for everything. I think I can't say it often enough: Thank you for being here for my journey and Myre's journey as well!
Have a most brilliant start into the next year!
All the love, Alector
- Currently working on Myre Vol 2 -