Lately, instead of waking up and scrolling through the horrible news on my phone, I’ve been reading short fiction. The goal is to form the reading habit that has eluded me my whole life. The morning alarm was set to one hour earlier, and first thing before the sun comes up, I’ve been grabbing that first cup-o-joe and a collection of H.P. Lovecraft and Others - Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos.
Never been a huge reader. But so far so good. I’ve opted to focus on short horror stories which work for my attention span. I like Lovecraft alot, and on recommendation from a gamer buddy Tim. S. I snagged a used copy of this particular volume because it was not just Lovecraft but a group of horror and fantasy’s finest that pay tribute to the master of the macabre. These authors were considered the aptly titled “Lovecraft Circle.” This group wrote stories that frequently shared details among them, and often would put each other in their stories back and forth. Of Particular note, I’m enjoying the few shorts in this collection of Clark Ashton Smith. His The Return of the Sorcerer is fantastic. It is a dark little story of an old mansion where the guests are assailed by strange happenings as old dark shadows gain new life.
Last in the que is John Truby’s Anatomy of a Story. My good friend Lael T. recommended it ,as we often talk about short fiction writing. Lael is a phenomenal short story writer, right on the cusp of getting published. He often encourages me to take up short fiction writing, and it is on my short list of skills to start working on. That list never gets shorter does it? Much like The Reading Pile. What does your reading pile look like?
Do yourself a favor. Go do one creative thing RIGHTNOW for the next ten minutes. Doesn’t matter what. Doodle on a napkin. Draw a funny face in the dirt with a stick. Make your sammitch talk by moving the bread and let it give you a mini impromptu stand-up routine. By this I mean find ART in everything small thing you do daily. I found a small resin cast head of a liquor bottle in the gutter. It is some kind of Monk or something. So what do you do? White out the eyes and put it in a flower pot. That’s what. A few minutes bring infinite joy. My grapevine starter pot is 1,000X better with an undead monk breaking ground!
Another creative thing to toy with is drawing your own character for you favorite table top role playing game like Dungeons & Dragons. This is just too much fun. I give you free hand to explore and develop your character. The world wants to see them! Make it so.
Update March 3: Done! Added Chadwick Boseman & Will Smith! Going to sleep on it and look at it fresh. Might add a bit more star dust… what do you think? Going to call it “Big damn heroes Sir.” - Zoe Update March 2: Slow progress. Ben’s hand and a zombie done. More polish on Blade. Two more two more characters to go!
Update March 1: Naomi - Dominique Tipper, from The Expanse. And Ben - Dwayne Jones, from Night of the Living Dead in the house!The winning idea was Black History Month - with a Sci-Fi focus!
Busily working on this months Art Card. This months will be slightly delayed. I’m about 1/3 done. Trying to get it wrapped up in the next few days.
Been dealing with various stages of pandemic fatigue/malaise. My mind is fairly foggy and it‘s been hard to concentrate. I have been just resting and trying not to worry about all the things I want to get done. So many projects so little time. But at the same time, a need to just not be an Artist for a while. Maybe a vacation is in order. But of course once I get going, I feel the spark again. The brush moves. The colors change, and after a while I have something in front of me that was not there. And I feel the spark again.
This piece is full steam ahead. There will be about seven of my favorite characters from Sci-Fi and Horror. I’m happy with the first few sessions, and will try to get it beamed down to a planet near you ASAP! Going with a Drew Struzan, classic 80’s movie poster vibe… More to come.
Thanks everyone for understanding.
Thanks for the love and support. - Sumrow
PS: Ive been watching all the original Star Trek episodes while drawing, Classics.
When it began, Buddha Bot v6 Turns 10 today! One of my first shirt designs ever. One of my first public and published Art pieces. It’s been a weird Art journey, but this is where it all started. Mr. Ohmz was doodled on the back of a paper restaurant menu, and I vowed to take my art more seriously. Crazy to think this was published on TeeFury ten years ago!Since then, Art Goals unlocked:
A cover for the great Paul Fricker’s Call of Cthulhu scenario ”Full Fathom Five”
Nine soon to be published pieces in “Cults of Cthulhu” from Chaosium Inc.
And most importantly this experiment started a bit over two years ago. The Creative Cult here on Patreon, which changed everything. It is my most fulfilling endeavor, both artistically and spiritually. I am free to create. :) Huge THANKYOU to everyone. The last two years have been incredible. I struck out to do my own original art and rebuild myself. You have supported this journey at every turn, and have given me freedom to pursue my own voice, style, and original works that answer to no one. More Art on the way. <3