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Right out of the gate

Hello. It's 2018. The numbering of days and years is an arbitary thing, a tool for organization, there's no real threshold being crossed when we move from one into the next. But still, it feels like something new. It feels refreshing. There's an energy here that I didn't feel last week, and I want to immerse myself in it. Let's get started.

Things are off to a good start, I'd say. I brought in the new year nude, drinking champagne at a friend's place next to my girlfriend in her Chewbacca onesie. Our first meal of 2018 was sushi at our favorite Japanese restaurant. I've finished up work on the album cover design I started last year for a friend, gotten back to work on the webcomic, and bought new watercolor pencils. I'm reading more, currently hooked on Golden Kamuy and Devilman Grimoire, and that new Devilman Crybaby anime on Netflix is absolutely amazing. I checked out some galleries downtown, including a show at Bloom Cafe by Suzie Kelly, who runs the Johnson City Zine Fest.

I've already laid out my plans, goals, ideas, what have you for 2018. I think I know what kind of path I'm going to take with my art, and the new banner, combining two images I did last month, should hopefully reflect that.

Last year was all about entropy: things breaking down and falling apart, people in despair. This year I want to focus on rebuilding, on strength and resilience. 2017 was terrible, but we continued to push on and we made it through. Time to keep going.

I'm going to launch that new webcomic later this year, in some form or fashion. I'm going to make some new prints to sell at shows and online. I have a new one shot comic idea that'll return to an old character that I'm really close to. I'm going to paint more. After a lot of floundering last year, I'm going to renew my focus on figure drawing, hosting a get-together this weekend with some new people, and there's a FRAG party coming up at the end of the month. I avoided faces last year in my work, so this year I want to focus more on portraits. I'm going to try to get my work into some galleries this year, I'm going to try to do more freelance work and commissions. I'm going to try to start a Patreon, or something like it.

It's one thing to state your intentions, but without any kind of plan, you won't get much further, so I'm making a lot of notes. I've already started checking out galleries in the area, I penciled and inked my first comic page of the year last week, I've started sketching ideas of what to paint. It's not much, but it's moving forward all the same.

There are goals outside of art to focus on too: I want to get new glasses, waste less time with lousy, toxic people, cook more things, buy more art, keep exercising, and be more generous and helpful to others, especially my friends. I want to go outside more when the weather improves, I want to get naked more, I want to see more art in museums and galleries, whether I get into any or not.

I'm getting my digital presence together and organized again, too. The main URL for this site now takes you straight to a heavily revised portfolio of my work, rather than this blog. I finally shut down Cannonball Fist. Reflected Gaze will still be up, but I'm not paying for the URL or any bells and whistles anymore. That'll save me some money. I'll have a commissions page up soon too, hopefully, along with an ArtStation page.

I only did 4 shows last year. I want to do more this year, but I'm not sure I want to take any risks by doing larger, more expensive shows that require a lot of travel. I don't think I can return to HeroesCon just yet. I'm signed up for this year's Rob-Con and Conapalooza already, and I think FRAG plans on having two shows this year, with a spring show on top of the usual Holiday Bizarre. I don't know, I haven't put as much thought into this as I have with the other things. It's not a top priority.

So that's where I am right now. It has, this week, occurred to me that I'm once again right out of the gate trying to do A LOT. I'm not a good juggler, I may never be, so I really just need to take it one day at a time. So now I'm gonna go work on a poster for a friend before I do some more cleaning to prep for figure drawing. Take care of yourselves, and I'll try to do the same.

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