Patreon Abound!

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Inktober Examples

 

Above are some of the Inktober’s I created last month for my Patrons on Patreon. You can find more work there, including comics, sketches, poems, and even a painting or two. If you subscribe for $5/month, you get stickers and all of the drawing prompts, and if you subscribe at $10/month, you get mini prints, hi-res scans, and more!

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So many updates

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We’ve got a Patreon!

So, I’m making the plunge after many years of working day jobs in  retail, offices, and shops- I’m going to make art again. Part of this in the modern day is relying on the kindness of Patrons over at Patreon. I’m going to be updating that site 6 times a week to encourage people to support my work.

You can find my patreon here!

 

Color!

I’m making a coloring book called Color Nouveau. It’s going to be only 12 pages to start and I’m about 8 pages in as of this writing. I’ll be including WIP stuff over on my patreon page. Below is a preview. More news to come as soon as I have it.

Philo!

I found a pile of Philos I’ve digitized, but not yet uploaded to Youtube. My plan is upload at least one episode a week. I still have some copyright claims on my Philo videos, which is weird because I used royalty free music. It’s something I still have to look into.

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Wow, life hits you hard.

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Huh.

I haven’t been on this site in a few years to update it. There was a slew of updates waiting for me on my WordPress Dashboard, so I installed them, and it kind of broke my website on the back end. So far, the front end seems fine, but I’ve lost access to my media files on this side of the screen. That being said, here’s an update on my life since the last post.

Art Update:

I did a few commissions during the gap I have not yet uploaded to the site including a Deadpool and a medusa. There were also a few paintings I have to upload as well.  I haven’t really made any comics since the Lump comic, which I’m angry at myself about. I’m rusty. I need to start sketching again. Drawing again. Painting again. Being creative again. I have a million unfinished projects I just need to tackle as perfection is the enemy of done.

Moving Update:

Since the last post, we’ve changed apartments twice more. This involves packing, moving, unpacking, living, packing, moving, unpacking, etc. Through these moves, we’ve parsed down the library from over 3000 books to just over 2200 as well as put a lot of my art supplies in storage, which had made using them hard. After all this time I feel like I finally have room to breathe in my creative space to start updating again.

Mental Update:

I have a bipolar disorder as well as depression and anxiety. I’m not going to dance around it or hide it or feel embarrassed about it because -for the first time in a long time- I feel like myself again. I’m on a good medication cocktail that has me reflecting back on times when I was on different meds or none at all and wondering who the hell that person was. I realize my most toxic years were during college. They reflected poorly on others of who the person I was then versus who I am now. I don’t talk to a lot of those people now because they have only seen me at my worse and I don’t blame them for it. I hate that person I used to be. I’m starting to come to terms with myself and become the person I want to be today instead. This Glych is much happier; laughs at life’s misfortunes rather than take them personally. This Glych has let go of a lot of grudges and has forgiven a lot of people. This Glych has mellowed and is starting to feel inspired again. It took a re-diagnosis and a new batch of meds (as well as a lot of therapy work) to change into the person I am now versus the person I was. I let go of that toxicity I used to hold onto. And I feel better.

I think it’s important to share because we often hear about the difficulties of a mental illness and how people struggle with it but we rarely hear about the stories of improvement and getting a grip on one’s mental health. It’s possible. It happened to me. But it also took a lot of work, good medical science, and good doctors.

Employment Update:

Between that last post and this one, I have had between 3-5 jobs, depending on how you classify freelance. Some of those day jobs have included instructing children in animation and film making for 3 companies, being a regional manager for a company that taught children how to animate and make movies for one of those three companies, being a gallery art curator, an art director, a cartographer for AT&T, a dishwasher, an item specialist, a data analyst, a classic art teacher for kids, a sublimation printer, and finally a budtender. Out of my entire mixed career between art and day jobs, this job has paid me more than I’ve ever made in my life. I have medical, dental, vision, and daily tips. If it weren’t for this job I would be in a lot of hot water. That being said, my day job is 40 hours a week, 4 10-hour days which leaves me little creative time. I’m going to try to squeeze it out. But this job finally affords me the ability to climb out of debt from student loans and when I was forced to live off of credit cards during lean times.

Family Update:

Annebelle

Everyone, meet Annebelle. In this photo, she’s about 5 months old but by the time of this writing, she’s just turned 7 months old. I gained about 30 lbs over the pregnancy I’m trying to lose, so no photos of me for a while, but she’s adorable. That’s happy news. The sad news is that my father is extremely sick with stage 4 melanoma right now. He’s been fighting for years but the cancer drugs have been very rough on him the past year or so. Ian, Annebelle, and I are going to visit in late September so he can meet his granddaughter. Last year in 2020, Covid took my grandmother as well. I’m dealing with a lot of mixed emotions right now.

Archive Update:

This last move, Ian encouraged me to parse down on my stack of CDs, DVDs, movies, games, programs, and various comic files accrued over the years. I am finding SO MUCH I want to upload to the site. I’ve spent the past 2 days just copying it onto a 2TB hard drive so I can toss the disks. I’ve also found a lot more Philo’s and Philo art. Those will be coming to the site soon.

 

 

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The ol’ drawing board.

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Glych
Glych

It’s been a ride, the last few years since I left California and came to Denver. Things came like monsters at us, one after another. Losing a job here, breaking an arm there. It’s been a tough 4 years. I told myself that, once things stabilized, I would make comics again! This was my rally call I used to psyche myself up for the challenge.

So I made a plan. During the 4 year storm, I would sneak time away working on a secret project called Captain T and the Search for King Ollie’s Gold. The first chapter is written and I’ve started on the second. Notes and charts for the rest of the story are joined by maps, character designs. I even have storyboards for when I wanted to make it a cartoon.

A pile of finished comics

For the past few months, the time I stole was for the part of comic making that I find much more fun than the building part. It’s all in watercolor, but it is taking me a long time.

Drawing has always been a joy of mine and I’m disappointed in myself that I let it slip away from me so easily after college. I’m rusty. I know this. I see it in my linework. But practice makes perfect and I am out of practice. It’s time to change that, and work towards perfection.

Ian asked me what would speed up the process or make it easier to work and I told him maybe a Cintiq and Photoshop (which I am currently without -wow Amber, right?), which is an expensive piece of equipment married with an expensive piece of software. The last four years have made both out of my reach.

Well, Xmas came this past year, and Santa brought me a new Huion screen bigger than a Cintiq.

An infinity void in a screen repeating into the netherverse.

Ta da! (In a trippy display fashion as an homage to my friend Hamil Griffin-Cassidy, whom I used to make Philo with.). There’s was little XP-PEN remote in my stocking too. Santa got a refurbished one off Amazon, but when it arrived it was still broken. Amazon replaced the screen in two days. Huion has excellent customer service and were right on top of it a day later (there’s a dramatic time difference between their part of the world and mine). We also had a snag with the XP-PEN driver and their customer service was excellent as well. Five stars, both Huion and XP-PEN. Highly recommended. Tell your friends.

I’ve only been playing with it, for now. I’m getting used to a digital screen again. It is both familiar and alien. but it’s time to get down to business.

I log back into the admin part of my site and the content manager I use had a dramatic update I’m not used to yet. The update broke some code here and there, so I noticed that several of the comics weren’t displaying properly.

I’ll be honest. I haven’t been maintaining my site as well as I should be. I’m probably speaking into a void right now and there isn’t anyone looking at my little comics. That’s okay. Sometimes amazing things happen when no one is looking.

I’m going to review the site, pulling at the code here and there, dusting off the archives, spring cleaning the comments, get the comics displayed right again… It’s a long list and I’m not going to get to it all at once. I have to perform triage a bit.

But I’ve made some comics so far this year. I have paintings to share from last year. I have lots of Captain T to share. Thank you for your patience with me, world. I think I’m ready now.

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Mixer.com/artglych!

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That is the new URL for livestreaming from my art table. Check it out! First session is TODAY!

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New comics are a’comin’

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I’ve been scanning in a pile of old comics from my days at MCAD, including one of my favorites about evolution. A lot of the work look rough to my eyes and I can see where I rushed it. But it’s got some merit and I want to share. I just posted a bunch of Philo‘s for this week and will have Milk and Cigarettes airing next week.

Philo was a call-in comic book show Hamil Griffen Cassidy used to run back in Minneapolis that I had the privilege of being a host of for about 2 years.

Milk and Cigarettes is a story I did for one of my classes while attending MCAD.

Enjoy! Link below.

 

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Philos have been uploaded

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All this week we have Philo episodes updating on the Art portion of the site. Check them out!

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Scanning in New Comics!

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I’m scanning in new and old comics alike that have not been seen online. New updates coming in the coming weeks.

New Life of Glych Comic Today!

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I added a new Life of Glych Comic. Check it out!

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New Life of Glych Comics!

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I’m working on new comics this year. So far, we have A new comic up on the Life of Glych part of the website. I’ll be updating a few there this week so check them out.

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