It’s that wonderful time of the year again where I wax nostalgia over the year that was, and get all Farmer’s Almanac on the year I hope 2015 will be. 2014 was a year of extremes. Great highs. Terrible lows. Lots of long time goals were achieved and it felt awesome. While at the same time we lost a lot of loved ones, and it was tough to say goodbye.
Family wise things are going well. Millie arrived in April and while she looks a lot like her sister, she’s got a way different personality than Josie did at this age. Way more chill, and loves to be held. Josie is four now and loving school and is really starting to be her own person. Loves to choose her own cloths and decide what music to listen to in the car. No boy music! Nicole is doing well. She took three months off after having Millie. We had a nice summer of taking the kids to the lake for walks and got ourselves in better shape. Both losing over fifteen pounds. It felt great. On the down side of things. We lost our Cat Ozzy, and our dog, Daisy this year due to declining health. Bother were older but you can never really prepare yourself for that time. We miss them dearly every day.
Work wise this was a special year. I got published by DC Comics several times with Adventures of Superman, Batman’66, and their partnership with General Mills. It was such a life long dream to work on those characters, so that was very cool. The scripts by Joe Keatinge and Jeff Parker were so fun to draw and my editors at DC couldn’t have been better to work with. Small gigs but really hoping more is in the works for 2015. I think there is going to be a lot of amazing news on the comic front this coming year with The Phantom mini series and more Integer City from Dark Horse, plus some of things I can’t announce yet. Other news on the work front was I did a decent job on my previous goals for the year. I expanded my merchandise on my web store. I did some more personal work and daily sketches. I didn’t do a promotional piece for myself but I do think some of the personal work sort of morphed into that. In the following year I think I am going to try and switch my time from doing quick warmups, and try using that time to build bigger personal projects at a slower pace. I’d love to start doing more posters, or even some short comic stories, but time is so limited. We’ll see if it works out.
I usually write a bunch of goals for going into the upcoming year, in 2015 I really just want to streamline it to one goal. That is to write and draw my own work. It’s been one of my goals I’ve written about over the last few years, and for whatever reason it gets lost in the shuffle. Some of that is due to just the way freelance and life has gone, but honestly there has probably been some fear and hesitation on my part to step outside my comfort zone. So hopefully by this time next year when I am writing how 2015 went, I’ll be able to post that I made it happen.
One the smaller end of things I do think something I could do more of in 2015 is expand my influences. I love the comic industry and illustration in general. I have a Tumblr account and I am always getting great inspiration from that and people I follow on Twitter. I do want to branch out and make a point to find more web comics, and foreign artists/books that I find captivating. I seem sort of stuck in traditional American comic fare, which is great. There is tons to love, but I feel like I am not exploring as much as I could. Hopefully some more conventions in 2015 may help me find some new influences I am craving.
Other than that I think the continuing to expand clients, keep working out and living healthy, makes for an ambitious yet doable new year. Of course if you could throw in a much needed move to a bigger house, that would be fantastic as well.
Thanks so much for reading. Always appreciate people taking the time check out my work. Whether it be this website, or on social media. Hope you have a great new year.