I think that little bug shoe salesman needs to look on the bright side– sure, that’s a lot of shoes to lug around, but think of the commission!

In other news, last week’s Art4Teens summer arts camp, hosted and organized by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, went really well! It was a ton of fun to see what the young artists all made, and I certainly learned a lot in the process too. And it was actually a fairly productive experience for me too! I made several pages of a new project that you’ll likely be seeing at some point in the future, as well as a short series of comics that will be appearing on this site in a few weeks. I know that’s all sort of cryptic at the moment, but as I near the conclusion of the artwork for the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, I’m trying to focus and not get too involved in a new project before I see that one through to print!

Speaking of The Mariner, I’ve been tantalizingly close to getting the principle artwork all wrapped up on that for weeks now, but it feels like I’ve been stymied by a busy schedule. It’s been quite a journey– what initially started out as a sort of “unemployment project” that could occupy hours and hours of a wide-open calendar now has to get along with a full-time work schedule and a more active social life. It can be a little frustrating at times, but I don’t think I’d have it any other way, since the whole process has made me much more efficient with the time I do have available to work. I may be measuring the completion of this project in terms of years, but hopefully the next one will be completed in increments of months or weeks instead!