Finally, some Work Space!

Some aspects of the creative process seem inconsequential or not deemed necessary since the truly creative are willing to produce work no matter the circumstances, but there is one underlying theme between all overwhelmingly successful people : they had a place to work and turn their inspiration and perspiration into progress. Continue reading

Feeling Inspired

Like I said in my last post, this blog is going to be a place where you get to know me and how I do what I do. If you already know me fairly well, you’d know that I actually worn out the original Star Wars VHS tape from watching it hundreds of times as a kid. One of my favorite toys as a kid was the Imperial AT-AT walker, which I saw in Toys ‘R Us the other day when getting my daughter’s new toy kitchen. I like science fiction and it inspires me creatively. I would not be able to count how many sketchbooks I have compiled throughout my youth of starships, weapons, aliens and other fantastical things that are Lucas inspired.

No surprise that I would be a big fan of the original StarCraft real time strategy computer game and it is no bigger surprise that I recently purchased the sequel that debuted a few weeks ago. Playing as the Terrans (which are the human race to the laypeople), I rip into the campaign, following the intriguing storyline that unfolds after every successful mission. The detailed artwork of each unit, the cinematic cutscenes and the wild “science” used in the plot really gets me motivated to do my own science fiction story, graphic novel, etc.

And yes, I do have a project that is started already. Years ago, I wrote part of a book (hundred or so pages) and drew some concept art for a novel that I was going to write that would be considered in the science fiction genre. I put it down after a year or so of eeking out a few pages every-once-in-a-while. Yet, I was never fully able to get the ideas and story out of my head. It’s as if I’m always toiling with this plot, rolling it around in my mind to play all the scenes and have it come to a epic conclusion. Now, I’ve considered moving the entire idea out of a straight prose novel into a graphic novel, utilizing my illustrating ability and make it a more visual experience. After all, isn’t that what George Lucas taught us, that a mediocre story can be better if we throw more visuals at the audience? Kidding. Not about Lucas though.

Well, I’d have at least a dozen excuses why I wouldn’t continue the project and at least a dozen more for why I haven’t finished it yet, but one thing seems to be constant : that my poor, single track mind won’t rest until it is done.

Open question for anyone who may stumble upon reading this post would be : What really gets your creative juices going for a self-project? Not only limited to visual arts, but to music, dance, hell, even wood whittling. Does seeing a bare tree stripped of its bark really get your knife going? What will it be, folks? I’m sure that I’m not the only laser-brain out there.

A Hiatus is in the Works

It’s been a while since I updated my own blog. Alas, my brand is suffering. My daughter is getting older (9 months now) and free time has slowly evaporated ever since she was about 5 months old. No longer can you just sit her down in front of her toys and NOT expect her to be on the other side of the room in a minute. I turn my head and she’s got my car keys headed out the door.

I’ve been concentrating my efforts on the company blog : Goldspot Pens. At almost at 100 posts from the blog’s creation in February of 2009, I’ve picked up over 160 RSS subscribers and get about 50 visits per day. This year, I’ve really stepped it up, going from about 4 posts per month in 2009 to about a dozen per month this year. Combined with promotion of the blog on the website, our Facebook page and updates on Twitter, we’ve developed quite a following.

My non-work time is continually a work-in-progress. We’ve tried the Mom and Dad Guide blog with no success in even getting out of the first two weeks with new content. I say “we” because, beyond me involvement in getting it started up and designed, my wife was supposed to be cranking out the posts, inspired by the little one’s development and exploration. Maybe when she’s off in the summer, you may start to see a resurgence from the prolonged hiatus.

Art-wise, I haven’t done anything. Looking to change that, I would love to spend next week, which I will be taking off, exploring some ideas for a series of designs that can be marketable on this website, Zazzle, Cafepress and the like. Besides taking care of baby, I will make it my priority to work on this and have something to show for it.