Been a while since I've posted any new journal entries. I've kept myself quite busy over the last few months or so since Armageddon in October last year with conventions, illustrations and studies. I had told myself that this year would be about doing as many conventions as possible, within reason of course and so far I've been keeping up with most of the big ones in Australia. I did Oz Comic Con in Perth about 1.5 months ago and Supanova in Melbourne and Gold Coast over the last two weeks respectively. They've been so much fun for many different reasons. Seeing how people react to your art and getting different ideas for futures cons as well as meeting some amazing people and making those elusive connections. Aside from that I've decided to put anything colour related to the side for now and focus on figure drawing and anatomy studies. I regard myself as competent in that area but I'm no where near where I want to be so I've figured I might as well just put my mind to that for as long as it takes until I'm at a level I'm pleased with. The reasoning behind this was meeting Jason Palmer
at the Perth con and getting a bit of critique on my work from him. He basically said my rendering was fine but my figure drawing needed more work. It was kind of elevating in a way to hear that because up until that point a lot of my figure drawings have felt kind of forced and did't look all that natural, or at least not how I wanted them to look. So since then I've just been working my way through some anatomy and figure drawing books and resources. What I've done so far in terms of studies has made understanding the figure a lot easier. I'm working to go back to basics and include more structure in each of my drawings so that I might be able to draw much more quickly and more accurately. But aside from that I'm going to be keeping myself busy with those studies for the time being and focusing on conventions for the rest of the year. I'll still try to do some illustrated pieces but they'll probably be every now and then instead of on a regular basis.