I would like to state that I've seen all 5 "Dirty Harry" movies (marvelous), a free time goal which started when I first moved to Chicago around September, and was inevitably prolonged till about early this month when I finished the last ones (oh Happy New Year ya). In between that time I've also seen "Unforgiven", "The Outlaw Josey Wales", "Pale Rider", "The Rookie", and rewatched "Gran Torino". Some of them showed during a Thanksgiving weekend marathon called, "Feastwood". Indeed. I beat "Read Dead Revolver" during the Christmas holidays while all this was still running through my head during a return trip back to the east coast. Early on in my move to the Windy City, I also watched all the "Lethal Weapons". As for comics, I've been collecting some Darwyn Cooke, Will Eisner, and still continuing my following of Jeff Smith. Somewhere in this collection of entertainment, storytelling, and genres are the things that may help me with "Tenants"...which took a huge blow after the end of November from a busy life. I've begun writing to try and channel my thoughts on "Tenants" when I can. My older bro got me "The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone and the changing face of comics" DVD which is cool and inspiring, and the "The Contract with God Trilogy" which I asked for, after the recommendation of a "Tenants" commenter (thank you both!). Until I can really gather myself, I won't be uploading new pages, sad to say. I accomplished my early goals, completing a chapter in pencil and never missing an update. Once it hit ink though, I slowly felt the story slipping away from me as I had to continually force my mind back into the project once every other week (due to life schedule changes and the medium and quality change) but only getting one page out at a time which was way too slow. It wasn't healthy for the story. So I will pick up from where I left off and try to get more done but without posting. I know those kinds of words are often the nails in the coffin, I'm not denying it. All I can do is keep persisting and insisting that I get time to work on my own thing, no matter how busy I get, and if all I can do is type out dialogue for now, I'll do what I can.
Despite all I've taken in, you would think I'd be shooting out Callahan sketches or something but my goal of less fanarts, more originals is still with me.
Below: warm up beginning late in the night. Process has only begun. I will go out in the 18-feels-like-6 air for something to drink and keep me going.
Above: Drawing from the top of my head, while his likeness is still relatively fresh from last night's viewing of "American in Paris" (s'wonderful).