Years ago, I read an interview with then-WWE wrestler Shelton Benjamin. I’m a big wrestling fan, so that’s not really unusual. But there was something he said in the interview that stuck with me. He was asked about how he managed to stay in the gym and stay in shape with all the injuries that go along with his line of work. To paraphrase, his response was that just because something was wrong with you, there were still things you could do. If your knee was messed up, you could still go lift weights and do upper-body work, for example. It wasn’t ideal, but even if you weren’t 100%, you still needed to show up to work and get something done.
I try to apply that thought process to my creative pursuits. Right now (well, for the last month, to be honest), I’ve been struggling through another run of gout attacks. I’m not particularly mobile right now, which means that I can’t really do any printmaking activities at the moment. But I do have a pair of novels that I’m working on, which is my fall-back work when I’m not 100%. Just because I can’t print an edition today doesn’t mean that I don’t have to show up to work. So today’s work is writing, because I have a comfortable chair and nothing but time.
Been not entirely healthy lately – here’s something that popped up on random today when I was listening to music, and trying desperately to feel better. If all you know of D.U. is “The Humpty Dance,” stretch out and enjoy this long-form jam…
Keep an eye out for an essay on the art of Rackadelic and his influence on my work, coming later this month probably.
The studio that hosts the figure drawing sessions I’ve been attending has started to include one longer costumed pose along with the more standard approaches. At first it was kind of jarring, but it’s also a good excuse to force an artist to combine figure drawing skills with perspective and drapery (the trifecta of skills necessary to be a solid illustrator).
I was okay with how this one turned out. As usual, this is conte crayon, 18″ x 24″, and was done in the year of our lord 2013.