I have, for various reasons (none of which turned out to be taking the opportunity to actually organise it) been engaged in a deep dive into my
very large crate of art archives.
It turned into a bit of a journey through the physical underpinnings of the old Illustration Friday pictures. That tag is a stroll through short-lived fascinations and working out how to draw what I meant (and a few longer-lived ones).
But something that particularly struck me was how long ago some recent projects actually started.
I found sketches and lines and panels for stories that are only just now getting off the ground (as well as reams of pages for the two comics I did for the Candlewick short story anthologies).
It’s reassuring, finding evidence of these little threads weaving themselves together over years.
Some things, of course, don’t change. I still use a Hunt Crowquill #102 with Winsor & Newton black ink, for preference, and draw procrastinatory beasts.
And weep over deadlines.