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The leaves are turning, the temperature's dropping, the sun is slipping into a gray sky, my bones are beginning to ache. It's October.

Which means I'm once more taking part in the Bill Counts October Game. Or Inktober. Or Artober. Whatever you want to call it: a new piece of art every day of the month. But I've chosen a different direction this year. I made a big list of friends who I wanted to draw, then slowly and somewhat painfully cut that list from close to fifty down to thirty one. Well, more than that, because I'm drawing a handful of couples, too.
So each day, I'm picking a friend and drawing them. When I post that drawing on Facebook, I tag them, and try to write about who they are, what our relationship is, and what they mean to me. Here's the album, if you're curious to see me struggling to express these things that I'm not used to expressing.

It's also such a weird shift in direction for me. On the one hand, outside of these circles of friends on Facebook, there's not a lot of appeal to what I'm doing. I'm not trying to do stuff that would get people's attention like previous years. It feels strange, focusing on actually drawing these people I know, not turning them into mutants, not drawing monsters and surreal stuff, but trying to capture all these different likenesses and trying to distill their personalities into the drawings. It's more challenging than I expected, and it's made me recognize a lot of my limitations as an artist. I wasn't really looking to test myself much, but that's what's happening.
It's been a rough year, and it seems so many people I know are pretty down in the dumps, and a lot of what I see in my social media feeds is depressing. This is my attempt at countering that, however small or feeble it may be. Part of an ongoing goal of just trying to be a better, kinder person, I guess.

Beyond that, the Bristol Bizarre folks have a new show coming up at the Hideaway in Johnson City, called La Petite Mort. I'm going to be a part of that, and I've been cranking out a few new pieces here and there to try and sell. The primary, surprisingly enjoyable thing I've been doing is drawing a series of little skull studies:
Like, seriously, if I were to just drop everything else and focus solely on drawing (and maybe painting) skulls, become the Skull Guy or whatever? That'd be alright. They're a lot of fun to do.

I'm also doing some larger figure drawings for it:
The show will be on the 22nd. Hope to see you there.

Three comic projects are progressing slowly, but nicely. The other two are on the backburner because, guys, trying to work on five separate comic projects at once is stupid and you shouldn't do it. Seriously.

FRAG is also having another holiday show in early December. I'll have more on that as we get closer to the date.

So much for slowing down after Rhythm and Roots, I guess. I can't be too upset though.

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