My oldest brother has a special gift and talent for building, fixing and packing.  Whenever I have a difficult packing challenge I try to channel his ability.  Did I succeed in my car packing?  FIND OUT MONDAY ON The Pitt of Despair!!!

Seriously though, There is one more punch-line to cull from the post shower packing experience.  Mundane I know, but I feel it’s worth it.  There is also a fairly sharp rise in the amount of non-material this week so it’s not like you’re missing out on other great happenings to report.

In other news this is the third comic in a row where I feel I’m lacking art-wise.  I have a theory.  The trouble with us webcomic folk is that all of our drawings are on display.  ALL of them.  That means there are no skill-builder sketches that never see the light of day.  There are no warm-up sketches.  There are no exercises.  No “actual” life-drawing.  I draw based on photo-references that I take, and that’s it.  It’s all laid out on the Bristol board.  I am sure I will continue to improve incrementally this way, but that’s not good enough.  I’m drawing ever closer to the one year mark with this project, and I am not nearly as far along as I feel I ought to be.  Incremental is not good enough for me.  I’m not averse to putting in the work or waiting for the result, I just want to do the RIGHT work.  Practice CORRECTLY so that time will show more than incremental mediocrity.  

I remember the last time that I had given up drawing for a while.  It was to focus on my drumming and my teaching.  I asked any and every drumming guru I could find what I could do to get better.  They always said “practice practice practice”.  What I never responded with, but always wanted to say was: “Well no KIDDING mister high and mighty.  You DON’T SAY?!  PRACTICE? And here I’ve just been farting on my drums for hours at a time for days at a time.  Perhaps maybe you could tell me HOW to practice or WHAT to practice!”  And then I would spit on their shoes only, I wouldn’t actually because I would be too busy kissing their booty and swallowing my pride.

I’m in a similar place artistically.  That’s basically what I’m getting at.

That’s all I got for today.  HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND FOLKS!


Gabriel Dunston