Art summary of 2016!

Hi there, hope you had a great weekend! As promised, here’s my art summary of 2016!

January: drew a lot on brown paper. Made a few drawings while commuting. Gooblin Week was going on and I made a few little goblins :) Also drew some comic pages for Home Made Comics. Finally, I started to attend a digital painting course which would take place during spring. I was a bit scared but also happy I was doing that!
February: worked a lot on SPEJS #2 and the digital painting course. Doodled some on my commuting to work, and a Valentine’s Special image. Started to hang out a bit with Dotterbolaget.
March: Still worked on SPEJS #2 and also juggled a digital painting course where I did so many color studies (environments and still life) during this month…I remember it being a little stressful while also having some personal drama in my life.
April: SPEJS #2 was printed and done early in April and I could work on school assignments and prepare for Stockholm International Comics Festival. I also did a fan art of this year’s mascot, Astrid, together with my characters. I still kinda like the outcome. Made a pitch for the Beyond anthology and got refused.
May: Survived the comics festival, started to experiment a bit with water colors and color pencils. I tried to join in on Mermay, but just did a few. Felt a bit bad about my art, or rather me posting/spamming so much art.
June: worked to finish a comic for an anthology. Decided to do this at the studio after work and work a lot with steel nibs and ink. It was fun, and I learned some stuff!
July: Decided to try and finish another small comic for another anthology before August and vacation hit me. More steel nibs and ink. The comic was refused though, but I want to tweak it a bit before I send it somewhere else :) I also finalized the re-print of SPEJS #1 and sent it to the printers.
August: Vacation times! Did some watercolor stuff, but I mostly traveled, hung out with friends and read books :)
September: Went to Helsinki, came back more determined to make good-looking stuff. Spent some evenings at the studio working out the looks for the characters in the next SPEJS chapter and how the environments will look like.
October: I was extremely productive and did like 21 inktober pieces and a few illustrations in-between. Went to Stockholm Comic Con, which I think went so-so, but I had great company next to me <3
November: I made a guest comic for Immortal Nerd and went to Örebro Comics Festival! Had a great time at the festival thanks to a very dedicated crew and good friends <3
December: I have spent a lot of December after work at the studio, drawing thumbs for the next SPEJS chapter! I also did the christmas card which was long overdue.

I wasn’t sure if I had been productive or not, but when I’m counting my amount of pages done, I feel pretty content.

For SPEJS, I did 50 finished pages, and about 67 rough thumbs. I have a lot to do 2017 in terms of SPEJS pages ;)

On top of that, I did 26 pages of comics for various fanzines and web comics. So in total 76 finished pages and 67 pages of thumbs! Last year, I had finished 65 pages and made 57 pages with rough thumbs, so in retrospect, I’m pretty happy! :)

So last year, my art resolutions for 2016 were:

  • Get SPEJS #2 done
    • Wohoo, it was done! :)
  • Finish off Shit Spider, once and for all
    • Well, I more or less swiped it from the internet, so I sure finished it off ;P To be honest, I wasn’t feeling the comic any more. The characters didn’t speak to me, there was too much stuff that didn’t feel right, and I had finished the story already a few years ago, I didn’t feel like re-drawing a comic I didn’t enjoy anyways…
  • Get published in one or two anthologies would be nice too :)
    • I was published in Home Made Comics and tried to get published in a few more, so at least I tried! I also had a guest comic at Immortal Nerd :)
  • Sell stuff on at least three conventions.
    • I tabled at five conventions!
  • Have fun!
    • I had fun most of the time! An ex told me there was no crying in comics, but they were wrong. Sometimes you feel crappy, and it’s okay to do so! Jeez, contrary to popular belief, I’m not a robot, and sometimes tabling is hard work and drawing all the panels can feel a bit overwhelming. But to be honest, I met so many awesome people and I am glad I got myself out on those conventions and socialized and learned if the conventions were for me or not! <3

So yeah, I think this was my art retrospective! What do I want to do next year?

  • Finish off SPEJS #3 – it’s a monster, but I want to release the beast!
  • Table at least 3 conventions (I have one set already, Confuzzled!)
  • Go to Thought Bubble!
  • Feel more confident with my colors
  • Feel more confident with backgrounds
  • Have fun!

How was your art year, and what would you like to do next year regarding art?

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