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I'd like to thank everybody who so kindly commented--I feel better now. Ebulliance has not quite triumphed, but it's got the bastard cornered, so we're on the right track. The nap helped. (I had this very...Mary Sueish dream. Which is only sensible, since I AM actually the main character, but nevertheless, it was very strange and appeared to be very tortured plot about a bratty princess and a troop of dragon-riding mercenaries, and I woke up going "I don't need to worry about my art--my subconscious is the hack!")

But anyway, you guys all rock. I felt better for having read the encouragement (and yes, the notion of someone screaming "VEERRRNOONNN!" in the snow still makes me grin. 'Course, I'm the voice screaming "CHRISTIAAAANSEEENNNN!" from down the block, so who'm I to talk?) Anyway, I promise not to whine again for a good long time. Well, not about feeling insecure. I retain the right to whine about other things.

Like bunnies. I think my bunny whining quotient for the year is still wide open.

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As a note related to a couple of recent things (Gearworld, and feelings of inadequacy), your Gearworld stuff and further extrapolations about it have inspired me to start doodling a bit tonight on something of my own that's vaguely Gearworld-esque. I certainly couldn't hazard to say it's *part* of the Gearworld--whether you invented it or "discovered" it, it's still something only *you* seem to have a window on, so I wouldn't presume to have the first clue what's supposed to be in it. So I'd say this is more an "inspired by the Gearworld" thing, and involves a depressingly crumbling concrete wall, an overcast sky (borrowed from my own "Dutchland" world visions:-), some really nasty, rusty pipes along the walls (complete with dripping rust stains on the concrete--that's one of my favourite parts of your Gearworld concrete stuff, believe it or not), and a big rusty gear (it's metal, not concrete. Well, for one, concrete gears seem pretty unique to your Gearworld, and I didn't want to outright *steal* something from it, and for another, I'm just really enamoured with the idea of rust right now ;-). Oh yeah, and there's going to be this creepy, faceless, concrete "manequin" thing bolted together with rusted metal and mounted on a rusty metal stand (instead of having legs), and it's going to be wearing a brilliant blue dress. I have no idea why.

So your art--and not for the first time--has served as an inspiration for me in my *own* art. Hell, when I'm running low on the inspiration meter, I tend to hop on to your site and look at your art for a while. If it doesn't kill my spirit outright by being so damned good (it's like it's teasing me--"You'll never be this good, so don't waste your time. Oh, and you're a poopy head, too!"), then it inspires me to push myself and my imagination to do stuff I don't normally do--such as this pseuso-Gearworld thing. I normally stay several hundred yards away from anything pseudo-industrial, grimy, or "modern" in my art, and instead I usually lean toward the classic "beautiful elves in long flowing dresses/majestic Unicorns lit by silvery moonlight on a snowy night/dark and myserious demoness casting arcane spells in the night" kind of thing; if I manage to finish this painting, this will actually be the first painting of its kind I've *ever* done. And all thanks to you and your inspiring art. Don't you feel special? ;-)

I feel special!

Seriously, sounds cool--I'll look forward to seeing it!

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