Thursday, July 7, 2011

What I've Been Up To This Summer

It's been a long month since I posted last... actually, it looks like it's been more like two. There's a tendency to want to either apologize for being away so long, or make grand promises and set a rigid schedule for the return. I don't think I'm going to do either of those things. Admittedly, it's hard to get back into the blogging mind frame after being away. I always want to come back with this incredible, thought provoking post. Something I haven't done before, that will inspire and amaze those of you who've managed to stick with me. Really though, the hardest part of starting again is... well... starting.

So, here we go. What I did over my summer break. Part 1 of 12. (Just kidding)

I've been super busy designing lapel pins for baseball, softball and soccer teams. What's sometimes great about that is getting a design back months later to be edited into a medal or coin. I opened one of those jobs the other day and didn't remember doing it. It's weird, saying to yourself "That's really cool! Did I design that?". For the record, I did, but maybe that's a sign that I need to trust myself more than I do. Ha-ha-ha!

Did some more work for Hex, went to hang out and play some games with them at Die-Con, and am working on more stuff for them. Needless to say, I'm still very excited about the work I do for them, and hope to be able to expand on that a little bit this fall.Title logo for Edison Force. I've been describing it at "Charlies Angles at the turn of the 20th century". Don't know how accurate that is, but there you go... I'll do a post just for this a little later, because I did 4 or five things for it.

Really Excited about Hobomancer. This is still just a work in progress, but like I said, I'm pretty excited about it.

We cleaned and reorganized the studio. I can finally get to my bookshelves again! Sorry about the horrible panorama...
There's a whole stack of drawings on my desk that I've been trying to get finished for a book I'm working on. Also a very exciting project with it's own share of new experiences and challenges. I'm nearly to the point with it where I'm starting to think about the next book... this is always a difficult place to be, because I have to keep my energy and enthusiasm up in the face of something new and shiny.

The microwave and tile back-splash are finally done. Yay! It's hard to put into words what a weight having that project done takes off my shoulders.
...and of course the kids just keep on getting bigger.


Summer said...

i love the backsplash! is it individual tiles or a vinyl thingie? and your work is amazing... i still can't believe you get to draw for a living. jealous!

Red Herring Jeff said...

Thanks Summer! Yeah it's individual tiles. For most of them I was able to put up in strips, because they come glued to a mesh so that saved some time. But there a lot that needed to be put up one at a time, and cut down too.

I think I've come a ways since high school, and I do enjoy my job tremendously. I'm very blessed to have such an understanding family to put up with it. Ha-ha-ha!

Thanks for looking!

Nance said...

By Jove, you have been busy!! I'm so impressed with your organizational and DIY projects; the girls look happy, healthy, adorable; and that Edison Force thing has grabbed my has a steampunk look and feel to it and I'm gaga about that stuff.

Happy to see you whenever you turn up, but hoping for more regular posts for a bit.

Keith said...

Like the view of your studio. Good to see where you work.