So much to do, so little time...

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Mostly I'm posting a journal because I got sick of seeing the same thing on my wall every time I logged on. Im about halfway through teaching the Figure drawing course for the Comics Experience. I think it's going pretty well for the first time teaching it. I'm sure each time we offer the course the rough edges will get smoothed out. I'm just extremely happy to see the amount of progress the students are making in their daily and weekly sketches. Everyone is grasping the material so well, I'm gratified to see that the instruction provided is clicking with the students, and then how hard they are working to apply it. Very cool, to me that's the best part of teaching.

On the work side of things, I'm still working on the Castle book for Marvel based on the ABC tv series. I'm also working on commercial-art side projects for Nerf, Super Soaker, and some action figure lines for Avengers and Batman related package art. It's all been fun to do as it's so different than the daily penciling work of comic pages. Don't get me wrong, I love drawing comics, but it really is a nice breath of fresh air to do other things occasionally. The struggle has been doing it all at once. I've also been doing breakdowns for Snake Eyes for IDW, and an larger OGN with Larry Hama and Ryan Schifrin called Shadow Gambit. Both of those projects will be out next year.

Finally things are starting to slow down a bit to just the monthly book and a couple side covers and commissions to wrap up. This has been pretty steady since last June especially, and it's really taught me what my limits are. As I get a bit older I cant stay up for 3 days and rebound like back in college. Watching my kids during the day also takes a big chunk of work time, but it's a matter of setting priorities. I know it's important for me to have that time with them.

Over all, it's great to be busy, but we have to keep our perspective on the things that are most important.
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Thingvold's avatar
The figure drawing class Robert was speaking of just wrapped up a week ago. I was lucky enough to have been a part of it and have to say it was worth every penny. I know I learned quite a bit and I hope I'm able to show that in my work going forward. Thanks again, Robert!