Esteemed friends. It is in moments of frustration that I sometimes find so much clarity. As I worked late last night, wrestling with a challenging illustration for a very large project I’m working on, I decided it’s time to get back on the Our 1984 wagon. It’s been my experience that my personality type leans toward going through cycles of motivation. Especially in regards to self-initiated projects such as Our 1984. I usually start big and get a lot of ground work established. It’s in this stage of my work that I fall into what I consider a bit of trap. If things are coming together well with the project I start to fantasize about all the praise and accolades that will come my way, as well as great financial reward and fame. It’s much like a bad movie montage where I’m surrounded by adoring fans and doting promoters, all filmed with soft focus, warm lighting and an inspirational sound track. I seem to develop this false sense of success pretty quickly. It’s great for a time and the motivation seems to flow so easily during that delusional state. Unfortunately the delusion fades pretty quickly and then slowly I fall away from my goals.
Granted, my life is far from unsaturated with work and responsibility. It’s easy to see how a side project gets shelved. I sense the motivation coming back around. I’m not talking about the pie in the sky motivation though. That ship has sailed. Now I see the massive undertaking before me and feel the desire to pick up the torch and press on into the unknown. My business partner has done some reading in the area of writing for comics, film and popular media. He’s a constant source of suggestions for good books and valuable information to help the creative process. The next steps for me will be to gradually reintroduce myself to my project. Take a long objective look at it and make sure I am on the right path with it. Part of this process will include doing some more reading. I’m going to familiarize myself with the books I started reading in the beginning of this process and also begin reading some more in depth books on writing.
I’m not sure there will be a lot of visual development during this stage beyond sketches and thumbnails. I’ll be sure to post those as they come to fruition.
It’s time to get this ball rolling again.
In other news – Pulp Studios is featured right now on the Applied Arts Website. http://www.appliedartsmag.com/profiles.php?id=26 Go read the article! It’s pretty great.