EW Stream On Hiatus Till Monday

October 12, 2017 0 Comments

#twitch #drawing #update 
I felt like I was leaving a lot of fans and customers hanging and wanted to do a proper post about whats going on with me this week. 

First off, I'm completely ( well within MY normal ) physically healthy and not even sick short of a bit of stuffy sinuses. Even those are at a minimum for me. My condition is of the mental and creative health variety.

Basically I am burned out. When a person is on stream six or more hours a day, five days a week, it can be a bit draining. Add putting out the best art they can, as fast as they can and couple it with making it an entertaining 'show' as well as interacting actively with the chat and the needs of the current customer's request. Do this for a few months straight. Boom, creative recharge is needed.

Please don't get me wrong. I'm not whining, I'm not complaining. Love every minute of what I do and the variety of drawing requests you guys bring to the table. I was good for the past couple of months but I just burned out. Period. Only way I can describe it. I thought an easier week would help by just streaming in the afternoons 3 days this week. I really enjoyed being fresh and focusing on a 3 hour stream  Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday I attempted to do more production related stuff after finishing that day's Inktober drawing and that was a mistake. The stress from my rather large backlog, the chat bringing it up and reminding me of it and people swarming me with whispers about requests when I clearly wasn't even doing requests that morning just overwhelmed me again. None of this should have been an issue. But it was just grinding that part of me thats burnt out. So I ended the morning stream abruptly before it started effecting me on stream.

This kind of burnout usually hits me hard after i have finished a week of streaming. Not in the midst of the hype and the excitement but  usually later that night or over the weekend. And not every weekend but usually around the time a break is needed. I am sorry that I can not always give you a heads up of when I'm going to take off. It just hits me when it hits me. But I will make sure to announce whats going on more appropriately in the future so as not to leave you all in the dark.

After some time to think and some good talks with folks in my life, I am taking rest of the week off from streaming completely. I will be focusing on color guides, finishing flatted works and getting orders done before the weekend that are in their final steps.  Inktober daily drawings have been a good source of creative regeneration as well. I got my studio organized and feng shui earlier this week, which has been really nice to work in. I will be getting my plan for that DRS backlog worked out between now and when the stream returns so I can hit the ground running. There will be some changes to try to lessen some of the problems that have been bogging me down lately on stream. But DRS will go on. I want to reach 1000 followers with this machine running smooth and light as possible. I want to return to streaming next week Full Force and with all the sauce ready to go.

Thank you for all your support, all your encouragement and your excitement over this streaming/ digital art thing I do. The feedback I get from the EW community on a weekly basis is humbling and inspiring! I will return the favor with drawing the best i can for you when I return.
See you after the weekend. Same Drawing Time, Same Drawing Channel!

Daily Discipline: Inktober 12 - Concrete-ture

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#inktober #inktober2017 #digitalinks #concrete #frankenstein #labexperiment #halloween

"...his peers laughed when Dr Madman proposed creating living concrete. No laughs were heard as the Concrete-ture plowed through downtown..."

Inkscape, about 60 minutes with Wacom Intuos Pro

Drawing Request Show 321 Recap

October 11, 2017 0 Comments

@twitchcreative @twitch #creative #inkscape #drawing #requests #twitch 

As of this post, all art sent! Thanks for a fun Wednesday stream! We're officialy over the hump and its all down hill from here. We hit a tip goal today and had a giveaway and are closing in on 10 away from the 1000 follower goal! Craziness. Enjoying the lessened stream time this week and am feeling a lot more recharged and such. Do it one more time tomorrow! 2pmEST same drawing time same drawing channel!

Daily Discipline: Inktober 11 - Grrilla

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#inktober #inktober2017 #digitalinks #gorilla #ape #monkey

"Subject 11 would prove a challenge to get back to the lab..."

Drawing Request Show 320 Recap

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As of this post all art has been sent. Thanks for a fun Drawing Request Show. Look forward to doing it again today at 2pmEST! Same drawing time same drawing channel. 

Daily Discipline: Inktober 10 - Floating Skull

October 10, 2017 0 Comments

#inktober #inktober2017 #digitalinks #inkscape #wacomintuos 

"While the others were sure to be hunted down by hanging around town, Subject 10 had his sights on the next county. His lithium batteries would be good for days..."



Beyond The Mill: Fly Away Leonardo, Be Free!

October 9, 2017 0 Comments

My awesome mother in law got me this cool little usb-charging Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle heliball for my birthday. ( I'm a big TMNT fan if you didnt know, and enjoy the toys. ) Fired it up today... has one indication on the box that says 'Indoor Use'. Thats it. Was very oo and aaa and really neat and fun inside. After it ran into a few things, I thought i'd take it outside with Steven (my buddy from down the street who was visiting too ) to play with it with more room. Box said it goes up to 15 feet.  Fired it up and let it fly.

It kept getting higher and higher and higher.... a hawk did a fly by to check it out as it kept flying higher. Stevens mom watched with me as it flew higher and higher into the distance. It disappeared in a clowd heading to the other side of town. Probably end up in the next town.

Cool little drone! But... um... now I know why its for indoor use.

The mamma in law did good! Thanks for the toy! Sorry it flew away. Apparently you can get them in Five Below. I will have to pick up another LOL. But, um now I know. A warning 'warning, will fly the heck away'. Woulda been good. Also they're safe when they hit you in the face at full speed. Cause that happened so now I know.

We figured out that it has a bottom sensor so it can hover over anything within a foot or two. Apparently has a top sensor too ( face palm ).

You can also use any tv remote and hit the power button to get it to stop. Should have had one at the ready I guess.

But now the main regret is we didnt put our email or social tag on it so we could figure out where it ended up Lol.

We may never know.

Heres an ad for the toy to put a visual to it:



Daily Discipline: Inktober 09 - Killer Tomato

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#createdonsurface #surfacepro #inktober#inktober2017 #digitalinks #sketchbookpro

"... Dr. Madman's Lab Drones were scouring the county attempting to contain the escaped lab specimens. Subject 09 would simply be shoveled into the bushes...Killer Tomatoes just had too short a shelf life..."

Daily Discipline: Inktober 08 - Wendigo

October 8, 2017 0 Comments



#wendigo #inktober #inktober2017 #traditional
"...Subject 08 got himself locked in a pantry. What a fright the restraunt owner will receive when they open in the morning..."

Pencil, Faber Castell bullet nib and brush pens, about 30 minutes

Running The Mill: Reverting to Inkscape .48 over .92

October 7, 2017 0 Comments

#inkscape #photoshop #olderversions #saynotoupgrades

Sometimes, an old program you know like the back of your hand is better than a new 'improved' version. That's why today I reverted from 2017 Inkscape .92 back to 2010 Inkscape .48 - that version is where my heart is. That's the version that sets my drawing free. .48 is so smooth. I also have used Adobe Photoshop 6.0 from a copy my friend gave me back in middle-school my entire career. That overhead baby. Or should I say lack there of.

Daily Discipline: Inktober 07 - Lab Rat

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#inktober #inktober2017 #digitalinks #sketchbookpro #createdonsurface #surfacepro4 #twitch #creative 

"Subject 07s destructive power was great. But after the smoke cleared and the mechanical clunking of the amalgam wandered down the road... people still wondered... who fired first? The Rat? Or the Egg Mech?"

Surface Pro 4, Sketchbook Pro, Wacom Keyboard, 2 hrs of drawing

Drawing Request Show 319 Recap

October 6, 2017 0 Comments

@twitchcreates @twitch #creative #drawing #illustration #inks #inkscape #photoshop 

As of this post, all art above is sent! Thank you everyone for all your support! It was a fantastic week and we're closing in on 1000 followers! Maybe it'll happen next week!? Have a fantastic night, weekend and see you next week for more!



Daily Discipline: Inktober 06 - It

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#inktober #inktober2017

"Subject 06 was always a hit with the ladies. It was the hair. Party in the front AND party in the back..."

Inkscape, Wacom Intuos Pro Medium, 45 minutes

Drawing Request Show 318 Recap

October 5, 2017 0 Comments

#twitch #twitchcreative #drawing #request #inkscape #photoshop #digitalinks #digitalcolors #inktober #doodlemonkey #characterartmill #runofthemill

As of this post, all art sent! Thank you to the acting king Hamiltoons for your generocity and fair ruling today. And big special thanks to all the EW crEW and Requesteers for the fun today. It was a bit of a quiet one, but I got a lot of drawing done. Will be back tomorrow morning 10am with some more colors and 2pmEST with more drawing. We'll see if we cant fix that 'quiet' issue. Count on it. See you at the next Drawing Request Show 10amEST through 5pmEST! 

Daily Discipline: Inktober 05 - Vampire

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#inktober #inktober2017 #day5 #twitchcreative #twitch #creative #drawing #inkscape #digitalinks

"Subject 05 attempted, unsuccessfully, to strike fear and intimidation into the hearts of the people in the near by town. He suspects it has something to do with his psychic inhibiting cranial implant he acquired while captive in Dr Madman's lab..."

Inktober Day 5: Inkscape, Wacom Intuos Pro Medium, 60minutes

Daily Discipline: Inktober 04 - Zombie

October 4, 2017 0 Comments

@twitchcreates #twitchcreative #creative #drawing #twitch #skeleton #zombie #inktober #inktober2017 #digitalinks


"Subject 04 was deemed a flop. He was taken off life support and disposed of, but his neural enhancements kept him alive and kicking. After he walked out of the incinerator on his own he quickly became one of Dr Madmans favorites. Now he wanders downtown... "

Autodesk Sketchbook, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Spen, About 1 hour

Drawing Request Show 317 Recap

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@twitchcreates @twitch #twitch #creative #drawing

As of this post, all the above art is sent! Thanks all who came out enjoyed the stream this morning. Didn't sleep great lastnight/ got up kinda early so that ontop of who knows what led to me kinda peetering out by lunchtime. Then during lunch all i wanted to do was sleep. So i canceled the afternoon half of todays stream. After laying down for an hour or so i cant get to sleep so Im just taking it slow resting in general. Taking a time out. Will get all the sleep i can by tomorrow and be ready to rock 2pmEST for Drawing Requests tomorrow and Friday! Will work offline to help continue the rest a bit tomorrow and Friday. I might be streaming TOO much might need to cut back a bit. I dunno. Feel like I might get more upgrades done that way too.  Not sure. Going to take this time to get some rest and think about some tweaks to the format to help smooth it out a bit. 
Have a great night, will get back to streaming tomorrow when I feel better. Dont wanna put on a bad stream or anything

Drawing Request Show 317 Recap

October 3, 2017 0 Comments

@twitchcreates @twitch #creative #twitch #drawing #illustration #characterart

As of this post, all art shown has been sent! Thank you to everyone who came out enjoyed the upgrades this morning and drawings this afternoon! We got a lot done! But more still to do! Get back on them tomorrow! We also hit the 975 follow goal, and are now headed for 1000! There are at least 3 very special items never before given as options, that will be unlocked for the EW fans and followers to vote on! Please look forward to them :) 
Have a great night! See you in the morning!

Daily Discipline: Inktober 03 - Blob

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Subject 03 - The Blob

Subject 03 - The Blob ( Detail )

#inktober #digitalinks #inkscape #blob #creature #halloween #mess

"Subject 03 always enjoyed the fast-food the lab assistants used to sneak him. Now that he was out, he took the opportunity to head to the nearest fast-food restaurant. But ordering proved a problem as he couldn't see over the counter not to mention speak to order..."

Decided to switch to the form of inking and drawing I'm passionate about, drawing. So will be doing Inktober via digital inks in Inkscape going forward. I think the most important aspect is to have fun, create from the top of your head each day and develop that daily practice. Plus when somebody sees EWG's Inktober entries, I want them to be inspired, and at the very least be like ' ok, they're definitely bringing their Agame'

About 45 minutes in Inkscape with Wacom Intuos Pro. 


Drawing Request Show 315 Recap

October 2, 2017 0 Comments

@twitchcreates @twitch #creative #stream #drawing #digitalinks #characterart

All art sent! Check your whispers! Thanks for a super fun Monday DRS Inks edition. We'll be drawing tomorrow through Thursday and doing colors on Friday! I got carried away on most of these so only got about 4 pieces done for the whole day lol. But will be back to do some more drawings tomorrow 10amEST! See you then!

 
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