Amsterdam! You were charming. A lovely city worth revisiting when the world is not mired in a pandemic clusterfuck.
In other news, wow, this week has really been something, huh? I’m tired. Thankfully it looks like I have a good excuse to stay home as much as possible for the foreseeable future. I could do without this chronic, low-lying anxiety, though. I feel like I’ve had too much coffee, sans the energy boost.
I was feeling pretty great about my lack of feh-ness over winter thus far, but it hit me kinda hard on Saturday. I’m pretty darn tired.
My painful shoulder issue from December turned out to be frozen shoulder, which means I am in physical therapy several times a week to stretch and strengthen the joint and surrounding muscles, and lots of at-home exercises to do the same. Supposedly this affliction is most common in women over 40; having just turned 37, I guess you could say I’m mature for my age. 😐 I’m spending a lot more time in my car; to and fro for appointments, picking up kids, working in the gaps, eating on the go–all at a time when I’d rather be hibernating.
I’m also feeling a lot of frustration around my art. Making things doesn’t come easy right now, and most of what I make, I’m unsatisfied with. I’m trying to go easy on myself by taking time to play with my iPad every day, even if everything I make sucks.
But hey, it’s not all doom and gloom! My shoulder is healing fast; I’ve regained most of my range of motion, and it’s no longer a constant ache when I try to sleep. All that car travel means I have plenty of time to listen to audiobooks — I finished the first book in the Outlander series, a horror novel called The Winter People, and now I’m working on Annihilation. Next week the kids are off school for a l’il winter break, and the week after that, I’m traveling to Amsterdam to meet up with my team. By that point, it will be March; one month closer to spring!
Looking back, I honestly thought I did more drawing this year. 😅I suppose I did; this is only the stuff I finished and/or published. The rest was practice.
Probably the most significant change was upping my pen-to-paper (or more accurately, Apple-Pencil-to-iPad) game. Before this year, everything I drew was a vector illustration. I also got into lettering a bit.
Y’all, I know these are pretty generic, but I’m hanging on to whatever creative impulses I can muster after a dry spell. Anemia has also reared its ugly head again; entirely my fault, I’ve been irregular with my iron supplements. Bear with me.
At some point soon I’ll put together a retrospective with the illustrations I worked on in 2019, and maybe even some thoughts on the last decade. Stay tuned!