He said "Hrggzzzt....?"
I said "If storks carry babies, then vultures must carry zombie babies!"
There was a pause, and then he said, enunciating very clearly, "What the hell, man....hggggzzzt....."
Now I have a vague desire to paint the vulture carrying zombie babies...
Did a watercolor/mixed media/stuff on that watercolor paper-on-board stuff. The technique was cool. I'm sort of dissatisfied with the end result--I quite like the pangolin's scales, and was glad to get them done, there's nothing I actively DISLIKE, it just isn't...enough. S'what I get for rushing a composition, I suppose.
There's a kind of dabby effect I've been interested in--very textural--that you get in the work of Scoff Gustafson and so forth. And I know it's done with oils, but I'm trying to get it with acrylic and gouache because I'm stubborn that way, and I can't do oils. Waiting for things to dry makes me insane with watercolor and acrylic--even if I DID shell out however much for a full glomph of oils, they'd find me clinging to the curtains by my teeth, shrieking about barbarian quail hordes, if it took a week to dry. And it doesn't really want to work as a digital effect yet, although I suspect I can get it do so if I really work at it.
Looking over work by Gustafson also rekindles my vague desire to do an animal alphabet. Except that being me, I could never do a kid's animal alphabet...I'd get through maybe "A is for Aardvark Artist," and then my mind would snap, and we'd get "B is for Basted Bat with a Bong" and "C is for Capybara Conjuring Cthulhu (with cuddly cuttlefish!)" and by the time we hit "N is for Naked Mole-rat with Nipple Piercings and Nunchaku" and "P is for Pangolin Purchasing Porn" it'd have gone far beyond the realms of publishability, to say nothing of taste.
Meh. I get all these ideas, and lack the time to follow all of them to the end (time being money, after all.) The trick really oughta be to do up a few, write a proposal, and send it to publishers, so that they could pay me to work on something I wanted to work on. I just don't really know how to go about it. Anybody know any good books or websites or advice for the children's book industry?
The problem with being--if not direly poor, at least closer to that than t'alternative--is that you can't take time to pursue a project that may bear monetary fruits much later down the road--it's gotta be an immediate pay-off, or you don't eat. Oh, well. (I have PMS like a ravening dingo bitch at the moment, so this fact is weighing on me more heavily than usual.)