January 9, 2005
Wow, what a work year 2004 was for me. I started a 384 page book job in February with full color illustrations on each page. The due date for the project was December 3, 2004. I don’t know what made me think I could do 384 pieces of art in one year, but I signed my name to the contract and there would be no turning back.
Of course, as I think back on it now, since I started the project in February, and it had a deadline in December, I did not actually have a full year to execute this project. I really only had approximately 10 months to do the 384 pieces of art. That would only be… perhaps… 300 days or so?
Plus I traveled to Europe a couple of times so that would take my work time down to… maybe… 200+ days to do the 384 pieces of art?
Throw in all the mandatory family/ school/ holiday traveling and that would leave what?… maybe… like… perhaps… well… I don’t really know how many days I actually had to complete this book.
(I never was all that good in math. Just another reason to choose funny picture drawing as a career path).
So… it was a pretty poor scenario I faced in 2004. A couple of hundred days to do close to 400 pieces of art in. For virtually an entire year, (if I was in town) I was in my studio, working an average of 14 to 16 hours a day.
During the first several months of this project, stress would pop me out of bed around 4 every morning. I would crank the coffee pot up and then work frantically until around midnight. Then stress would catapult me out of bed the next morning and I would do the same thing again the next day. And then again the next day. And then again the next day. And then again the… well… anyway… you get the idea. I did very little this year but work….
….but I did meet the deadline and the book is currently in production. It will be shipped to the printer sometime during the first half of 2005 with a release date scheduled for later on in the year. The pictures that flash at the top of this page are a kind of sneak preview for the new book. I will post more information on this project as it gets closer to market.