Yes, the days slip by, becoming weeks and months. There’s so many things I want to draw and stories I want to share, but my minutes of free time are few and I’m tired. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to ignore desire , as nagging and vicious as it can be, and once in a while I still manage to get a little something on paper.
Here’s my little friend. I thought he came out looking neat. Someone else told me he’s scary, and one other said he was cute.
The longer I go between drawings, the more it starts to really bug me.
2016 was the most-unproductive year, artistically-speaking, that I can remember. It had a lot to do with where I am in life, what’s going on, and a reevaluation of what I want to do with my art.
All you can do is keep working, though, right? Here’s to a new year, with new plans, ambitions, and new drawings. Gotta work out those demons before they eat you up from the inside…
I’m trying to wind myself up for a new project. It involves lots of spacesuits, robots, and ruined, industrial sci-fi settings. Really, everything I love in life… imaginary life.
One of the most-difficult ongoing struggles I face is finding enough time to draw. The last year has been so busy, I’m thinking about not taking on more freelance commissions for the near future, at least until I’ve finished drawing a few things that have been waiting for a while now and are pounding at the door on my conscience.
Enough of that, you came here for the drawing, right? So, here’s a little sketch I cleaned up to get the juices flowing. It’s going to be on the table for that upcoming project. More on that soon…
I’m sick. I hate being sick.
It’s nice to get a day off of work, but it sucks to not being able to do much with it. I have a comfy bed, though, and lots of books that need reading. So, I should be alright.
Drawing is not something I do well when I don’t feel well, but blogging doesn’t require much energy and I do have a little drawing from this weekend that I thought worth sharing.
This is for a friend who broke her arm recently. It’s based off a mascot that she cares a lot about, and I thought she might like a little cyber-zombie treatment to make the bull a little more interesting. I don’t think I can transfer this to a cast (on the arm), but it might make for some good nightmare-fuel while healing.
Living in San Francisco meant I was one of thousands of artists roaming the city, often subtly (or not at all) drawing their fellow citizens, especially on the BART. It’s a little bit harder to sneak in a drawing of someone sitting nearby in Oklahoma City. People tend to notice and get weirded out much faster here. I guess artists aren’t quite as accepted here as they are on the West Coast…
Anyway, this guy was actually dressed quite nicely for work when I made him a quick-study subject at lunch this week. I added the spacesuit because… well, because spacesuits are more-interesting than collared shirts.
It was a New Years goal of mine to draw more and post often. Life has a funny way of getting in the way of even the most honest intentions, though. Things change, circumstances are not always what they appeared to be at first, and new opportunities come about. So… let’s try it again. Here I am, promising myself more work forthcoming.
Here’s a cute little spacesuit to keep one from dying horribly in strange places.
Hey! Busy, busy, busy. I’m determined to get more posts out, though. Lately I’ve been working like a madman and sleeping very little. The weeks fly by and I find myself nearly into the second month of 2016 already, with no real recollection of what happened to the month of January. I still find myself thinking of what I’m going to accomplish in the new year, and then realizing I’m well into it. Accomplish I have, though! Most excitingly, the printing (finally) of issue #3 of Father Robot. I’ve been waiting for the publisher to put out the digital version, to no avail. I have no idea what’s going on there…
Anyway, in the spirit of all things FR, here’s a sketch from way-back in the development days of the series. I don’t know why he has no arm.
I’ve got to get back to work, but I hope you enjoy the drawing and please feel free to drop me a line here or at sam@samgarlandillustrations… especially if you’d like to acquire a copy of the new issue!
Sometimes I feel like I’ve been dosed. It’s been an unbelievably busy Fall for me. I rarely sleep enough. I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot and I’ve been productive. The above image is from a comic commission that’s been keeping me pretty busy. I prefer to be drawing robots and spaceships, and drawing panel after panel of emotional people in rather drab hospital environments has been a real challenge! I learned a lot, though, and made some headway in keeping character consistency, which is much easier to do with robots…
Anyway, the story for the above illustration can be a real downer at times, and it was made more emotional by talking to some of the actual people the story is written around. I was tempted to make an alternate ending where a giant mech bursts in and saves the day. Maybe later…