Hello frosted, frippery, flings!
I've been quietly lurking for this past year, without a lot of action. Why? I was very, very fortunate to land my dream job right out of grad school! I have never felt so satisfied and at peace. When you finally start making a living doing what you love, you enter into another realm of being, a more complete state of happiness. I've been busy!
Having been working for some months now, my ability to draw more freely is starting to come back. As I have been putting pencil to paper, what ends up being produced is not surprising, but certainly different.
I've been transitioning out of anime for a while now. I feel that nearly every anime-styled piece that I've tried in the last year has turned out poorly. Wonky and "off". Despite so many years of slavish devotion, my artwork continues to pull me into different directions. So, at last, I'm letting it take me where it wants. I think my last illustration of Tarkin from "Star Wars" is a good representation of where I'm heading.
I love skinny boys with cheekbones. Oh gawd, I do. While I will still have a well-carved spot in my heart for shojo, my own life has taken on a distinct tone of sepia with numerous vintage events and dances, silk stockings and jazz music. While I may return to it later, I have chosen to invest in vintage rather than cosplay. I haven't watched an anime in...years! I offer a gentle apology to any of my watchers who have been following me primarily for my anime stuff - Sorry lovelies, I've gone to the dark side. They have smaller eyeballs.
Despite saying goodbye to childhood, I'm excited and ready for the future, with all the dandies it might bring.