Share 1-3 things about your creative/conceptualizing process.
I often have a number of ideas in my head or that I write down, and unfortunately a fairly scant few have been fully realized... But I'm always trying to be more productive! As for the more "art books", I'll try to work around a loose theme and an overall design to the book. For "Quarry" I knew I wanted a book of more tableau-style illustrations, and that I wanted to use bright, bold colors. I had a very loose narrative structure in mind, that only became looser as the project grew. But it remained a good way to plan some key images I wanted to include (that I had floating in my head), and to guide the flow to the book. I also knew I wanted a letterpress cover because I hadn't seen that done very often in the zine/riso world, and I had access to one in Williamsburg (The Arm! They also have riso facilities and a TON of colors, go support them after all this craziness if over if you can!) , , I wanted to follow Quarry up with something thematically similar, so I focused on more pages, fewer colors per page, smaller size, and a similar folklore/mythology vibe, this time focusing on artifacts and masks, and similar imagery, some based on real artifacts and many that I drew from my head. , , For calendars, I had wanted an excuse to draw a bunch of (originally, mostly imaginary) birds. Then it was pretty well-received so I decided to continue the trend each year (two so far, lol). I had started planning early on what different animal each month would be for the 2020 Aquatic Life calendar (I usually use the Notes app to put down most of my ideas). Later on I started sketching out the thumbnails, and thinking about color combos. I was actually happy I gave myself more lead time with that one!, , I would still love to do some more comics, but I have a lot of trouble focusing on writing stories and giving myself enough time to do so. Plus they take sooo much time and energy!! But I really respect people that are able to create them regularly. I have a number of ideas for comics and I never seem to dedicate the time to create them. Hopefully more soon! , ,