In “What’s going on with my life” news, I attended the weekly SketchSouth drawing group for the first time last night at the local Barnes and Noble store. There were about a dozen local artists there, most of whom work in the comic book or illustration style versus making high-falutin’ fine art with deep, impenetrable symbols and meanings.
Jokes were told, pictures were drawn, coffee was drunk (though not by me–I stuck with my Nalgene bottle of water), and Animal Crossing: Wild World items were exchanged, at least between me and the uber-talented Joel Carroll. Alas, his equally-talented girlfriend Amy Williams forgot to bring her DS, so I couldn’t visit her town. Damon and Ed (and Ed’s girlfriend Erin), my occasional karaoke partners, were also there.
It was a kick to hang out with other illustrators my own age and a big boot to the backside for my motivation to draw more. There’s nothing like seeing art work that is miles and miles ahead of your own to make an artist’s competitive drive rev up to full speed.
Here’s my doodle from last night. I’ll be making an attempt to ink and color this one this weekend.
If it turns out well, I’ll be coming up with some t-shirt designs for PDB as well.