Navigating Change: A MrJayMyers Week in Review

May 23, 2016By jayart, Blog, inking, stories, children's tales, comics, children's books,, technology, Writing

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Big changes affect us all. Changes are afoot at my house: art, home, job, state—it’s all transcendently transforming.

Art for example: for my new job, I gave up what had become a good 50% of my normal method (iPad pro and Apple pencil) this week. That kinda hurts, but in the midst of change there is, thankfully, still Pentel brushes, pencil, and that dead tree stuff (which holds the soul of the tree—how else do we explain all those drawings) we call,  paper. Let’s not forget my family (my beautiful bride is behind the camera) who are creating opportunities to draw in the midst of packing, house finding, etc.

A 15MinArt Drawing Challenge around the table.

As life works, I imagine many of you are experiencing various changes as well. A fifteen minute drawing session is one way to keep our fingers limber and a fun way to keep us ’round the table after dinner for a bit too. Keep the practice steady as you can, but don’t be afraid to rest (visit a park, sleep, listen to a book, etc.) when needed.

Here’s a couple of my #15minartchallenge sketches from this week:

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From William Joyce’s Nicholas St. North, The Spectral Boy
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Tomy jumps
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Phillipe “the mouse” Gaston: I am finding that many people just don’t remember Ladyhawke. You should watch it when you get the chance if you too don’t remember it.

This week, I finished reading and totally dug Andrew Peterson’s The Wingfeather Saga (book four); The Warden and The Wolf King. (My kids were way ahead of me on that one.) Such a great read, wonder-full.  I’m stoked to get started on the comic. Here’s a my take on a scene from the book.

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The Florid Sword talks with Claxton Weaver.

The amazingly talented Otis Frampton invited me to create a pin-up for his latest book and it came out (I believe) last week!

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So, while we are transmogrifying our lives, I may not get an update out next week as we’ll be doing the final packing up, moving out, and unpacking. Which means, until next time, keep creative juices flowing and have a great couple of weeks!

BTW, what kind of changes are you navigating and how are you staying creative through it?

Jay

P.S. If you’ve got an upcoming move approaching or just have a mobile lifestyle, and need a solution for all the art supplies you want to carry,  check out this art wrap my wife got me not too long ago. I love it.

The Bigger Picture: A MrJayMyers Two Weeks in Review

May 13, 2016By jayart, Blog, humor, inking, stories, children's tales, comics, children's books,

Hey Everyone,

The last two weeks have been an intense challenge. You have seriously been inspiring me with your #15minartchallenge participation. Keep up the great work!

Last week my family and I made a huge decision. We are going west! Well, more west than we are currently east. By the end of this month we will have moved eight people and all their belongings 350 miles away from their current geographical position. Crazy.

All that to say, the last two weeks, the rubber met the road. I definitely met resistance. Is 15 minutes of creativity worth the effort when you are dog tired? YES.

I struggled with drawing this week, but the years of working fifteen minutes at a time has paid off. Here’s a recent piece I didn’t show on any social media.

Tomy & Jon from my western fairytale webcomic. 

 

Tribute to Mike Kunkel’s Herobear

Is using the sparest of your spare time a worthy endeavor? It really is, but not because it always works out perfectly. It’s worth it because it’s more than about that one drawing we are working on at the time. It’s about a shift in our thinking. It’s a shift that says, in 15 minutes or even less, I can and get to do something meaningful.

This exercise molds our habits and our priorities into pursuers of purpose, and trains us to be less wasteful of the time we have.

Concept Sketch of Artham Wingfeather from Andrew Peterson’s The Wingfeather Saga

Recently, for me, 15 minutes was hard to find without falling asleep first. Then when I tried, I was unsatisfied with most of what came out. Some of the times I realized, OK, I tried and now I really do need to fall asleep. Other times, I decided to stick with it awhile longer. Both were good when seen through the lens of the bigger picture.

What’s the bigger picture? Training our habits and mindsets through discipline and perseverance, a little bit at a time. So much to gain.

 

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Limited Edition Signed Prints Available Here of Star Wars/Peanuts Mashup. Thanks Mr. Lucas & Mr. Schulz!

I love these words:

“We must work everyday, whether we feel like it or not, otherwise when it comes time to get out of the way and listen to the work, we will not be able to heed it.” —Madeleine L’engle, Walking On Water

Great job again everyone. I am encouraged by you. Check out the #15minartchallenge tag on Instagram and be encouraged by each other, feel the momentum, and create on.

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By the way, for those of you who still have any questions about the #15minartchallenge, I am creating a FAQ page. If you have questions or answers you think need better clarifying, please hit me up with your input here because you are probably not the only one wondering. So, if you ask and bring it to my attention, it will help me bring clarity for everyone. Thanks in advance!

Also, here’s this week’s Adventures of Tomy and Jon free western fairytale webcomic strip: Subscribe to join the adventure here and have it come to your inbox.

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(Click image to enlarge.)

Have a great weekend & Keep Creating!

Jay