And so, after weeks of preparation, anticipation and a little hint of disbelief (at least until I actually arrived in Boston) my vacation has sadly come to an end. All in all, it was a great trip; it was long enough to feel like I did everything I could and wanted without getting bored or feeling like I overstayed but at the same time I wouldn't have said no to an extra couple of days. Boston is one of the numerious places I lived in and where some of my earliest childhood memories came from and after my father's death became a place where my mum and I would visit as a coping mechanic as we tried to understand and live with what had happened. I ate a lot (and will need to spend some time in the gym once I've shaken off a small bug I picked up), walked on average 7 - 8 miles per day, bought a lot of stuff, namely the Funko Pop Vinyl figures and some art supplies and felt like a lot of the stress, frustration and fatigue from the last few months have just melted away leaving my in an almost zen like state of calm.
In many ways, going back to Boston felt like closing a chapter. When I last went, 2008, I was still living with my mum, hadn't confronted or realised I had any form of anxiety and lacked any real friends or a social life. Sure, I was involved in a relationship but I was basically the bit on the side for someone I knew due to a bizarre arrangement she had with her (now ex) boyfriend. While I may be single at this moment in time and have been for a while, I've also lived
so much more in the six years since my last visit, especially after I moved out of my mum's place and started making friends, both old and new, as well as building a new life for myself and finally confronting some of the demons I have to live with and battle. Looking at who I am now vs who I was all those years back felt very bizarre but interesting and it makes me wondering what I'll be like and where I am in my life when I next go back.
Creativity wise, while I did try and sketch on a few of the evenings, I did find myself extremely tired most of the days. I did get an idea for a revised version of the Athena picture for my long overdue trade for Cytoscourge
and while I did sketch down the basic pose I've yet to take it further. I've also toyed with making a new character, dubbed "The Green Haired Woman" for pictures that I don't feel would fit with my OCs, namely nudes and anatomy studies. I'm also hoping to get back to work on the Winter Walk and Waiting for the Sun pictures, as well as Mewrah sketch that I showed to CMBaggs
just before my holiday.
Finally, during my time away I saw an interesting post on tumblr about something called an "OC Trade". The general basis of what I saw involved two artists trading their characters for a month to do with in whatever fashion they so desire, i.e. come up with new looks, abilities, backstories, personalty traits etc. However you are unable to draw the character you traded during this period and when it is over, it's up to you whether you adopt or reject any of the additions. As someone who enjoys lending out his characters to others so they can do their own spin, offering ideas, suggestions etc. this certainly appeals to me but I also appreciate as someone who's struggled to get many ideas off the ground over these last few months, let alone complete
a single picture in the span of a month, it would be difficult for me to keep to this time frame. At the moment I'm more trying to extend a few feelers to see who may be interested and if so, which characters they'd like to work with, but it may be a few months before I do anything with the ideas.
I will also be looking to reply to notes, comments and replies over these next few days, as well as catching up with other people's art but in the mean time, how are you and how's your December gone so far?