I have a semi-tradition of posting new new stuff here on dA on my June 8 birthday. This has included some career highlights like Misty's Fatburger series, Fati Seduction, Fatkini Season and Made with Premium Butterfat. For 2017, I did have a little something in the works: a scene with Misty and Joy dancing and eating bacon. Because of course. Working title: What's Shakin', Bacon?
As this piece came together, I said to myself, "You know, I should save this to be part of Weekend of Joy." My longtime followers may remember this as one of the three legendary projects I have talked about forever but never finished. (The others being The McIntyres Take Japan and the Misty Watercolor Memories flashback photo album.) Back in 2014, I put a flurry of work into Weekend of Joy, roughing out seven different scenes of Misty and Joy spending a weekend together in lavish gluttony (with a planned total of about 15 parts). I took a break because I wasn't satisfied with the quality of the poses, and never managed to get back to it.
Now I think it's time. Looking over the eight scenes now on hand, I think they look pretty darn good overall, and I'm ready to complete this unfinished symphony. I mean, why shouldn't I? It's my two best OC's, doing the activity I most love to depict, full of fun and thrills and sisterly harmony. What the heck is my hold-up, anyway?
Well, I can confess one part of the problem, at least. As some may have noticed, I don't like to do sitting scenes. As much as Misty loves to eat, she usually does it standing up. This is basically because I enjoy the slopes and geometries of the upright female form... and also because my overweight characters can look distorted in sitting poses, with thighs and bellies bending and overlapping in unsightly ways. I'm especially bad at poses of eating at tables. Tables conceal the lower body, and it's difficult to get knife and fork and plate objects all positioned correctly. Oddly, my only legit dining table scenes have been for Sexy Comfortable: Double Gobble and Dessert Course. Story demands forced me to have Julie pull up a chair, while Misty has never had a seat at the table! This also helps to explain why I have never managed to produce what seems like a obvious fit for my oeuvre: a McIntyre Thanksgiving special.
So I had these working scenes of Misty and Joy sitting down to chow on pizza and burgers, and their poses looked really stiff and mannequin-like -- a common characteristic in amateur Poser 3D art that I always work hard to avoid. Inspecting these with fresh eyes now, I think I can fix them up to be presentable. It's a challenge, but I'm ready to see this through. The modest progress I have made in digital art has depended on working wisely within my limitations and knowing when to push past my boundaries.
No promises on when. It won't be right away. But Joy and Misty will finally have their fabled weekend. For real this time.
Of course, your encouragement and comments of moral support wouldn't hurt, hint hint.