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Launch Codes Weeks 1-52

Updated: Jan 1, 2019

Week 1

Hello, everyone! This is a new blog series based around an initiative I'm taking with my alumni association, the Ghost Cat alumni association. The Launch Codes project is, essentially, based around being more forward facing with the process of creating art, both the good parts and the messy parts and the bad parts. Part of that is going to be check-ins such as blog posts and video posts. For me I've decided that this means doing a weekly update of what I got done for the week, what I'm planning for the week, what went well, and what didn't. These will post on Thursday or Friday of every week, depending on my schedule. Then, at the end of every month, I will be doing a video round-up of the whole month on the same general topics! You can watch the initial launch video below:



This post is going to be a little different, and a little longer, than the typical post, which will look like this:


Accomplished this week:

  • This week I worked heavily on my illustration I've dubbed the Corpse Pile because, well, it's a pile of preserved dead people. I got the basic colors down on all the figures and got the lighting decently established, so now I can go in and work on polishing everything up and actually painting. This is easily the most complex illustration I've ever done due to the amount of figures in it, so I'm learning a lot and having a ton of fun with it. My goal is to finish it within the next couple weeks.

  • Started tearing apart my newest novel, Bound by Kith, with my writing critique group. They're wonderful and going to make the book so much better.

  • Worked on the illustration for the first chapter of my first book. I'm experimenting with doing timelapses of illustrations for each chapter with me narrating the chapter over the timelapse. If it goes well, and people like it, I'd like to eventually do the whole book, so we'll see how this first test of the idea goes!

  • Nearly done with the thumbnails for Part 1 of my comic project Gunpowder & Pine. I have about 5-8 pages left to thumbnail, and then I can start working on pages!

  • Sent out my first newsletter of the year. My goal is to do one a month this year, and if you want to sign up you can do so on my website. The newsletter will be a round up of my month, announcing appearances at conventions and info about them such as table numbers, discounts in my online stores, etc.

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Meant to finish the illustration for the first chapter mentioned above, but ended up getting busy with other work. (Mostly the corpse pile illustration, because I'm having so much fun with it.)

  • Meant to finish the the thumbnails for G&P, but again got distracted by the corpse pile. Such distracting corpses they are.

Goals for next week:

  • Next week is going to be a huge week of edits on Bound by Kith, because even though my critique group has only chewed up the first two chapters so far, there's already a lot I know I want to rework.

  • Finishing the thumbnails for G&P.

  • Working on the corpse pile.

  • I may work on the chapter illustration some, but that's a bit more of a back-burner project.

So, yes! That's the little doses of my artistic life you'll be getting every week for 2018! I hope you all find it interesting, and please don't hesitate to ask any questions about my projects or my methods or anything else.


Also, here's my goals for all of 2018. Let's see if I can actually make it through all of them! The main goals are listed first, and then sub-goals needed to accomplish the main goal are listed beneath the main goals.


-Publish BBK 2

  • Create new chapter header illustrations

  • Create cover

  • Do layout

  • Upload to Ingram Spark

  • Create Book Trailer (maybe)

  • Promotion/Marketing

-Publish GaP Volume 1

  • Thumbnails

  • Pages 1-5

  • Pages 6-10

  • Pages 11-15

  • Pages 16-20

  • Pages 21-25

  • Pages 26-30

  • Pages 30+

  • Cover

  • Layout

  • Upload to Ingram Spark

  • Promotion/Marketing

-Send newsletters out once a month. Will contain updates on each project, new blog posts, previews of stuff not yet posted, con appearance info, etc. Add some exclusive discounts/giveaways too.


-Post more progress works.


-Do weekly blog round-ups of what has been accomplished each week, and what will be accomplished next week.


-Do monthly video round-ups of what has been accomplished each month, and what will be accomplished next month.


-Do chapter readings + painting time-lapse videos for each chapter of BBK1. (Do full book if people enjoy them.)


-Do at least six video tutorials throughout the year

  • Brush modes/sketching in Photoshop

  • Walkthrough of my comic process

  • Using Lazy Nezumi for Perspective drawing

  • Using Art boards in Photoshop for keeping track of references

  • ???

  • ???

-Write 1st draft of Haunt

  • Outline

  • Draft

-Write 1st draft of BBK3

  • Outline

  • Draft

-Finish sculpture of Dustin and Vivian


Week 2

Accomplished this week:

  • Finished the thumbnails for Gunpowder & Pine Part 1. Yay thumbnails!

  • Updated the first three pages of G&P P1. Originally the first three pages were their own short comic, but I realized they made a great opening for G&P so I'm using them for that instead. They just needed a little updating of formatting and dialogue.

  • Outlined a short story. I've assigned my writing students a short story project, and I'm working through it with them, so this will go a bit slower than my usual writing process. Teaching is always fun, though!

  • Some basic editing of the first few chapters of my next book, Bound by Kith.

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • I intended to work on the corpse illustration more, but I just didn't get to it with other stuff.

  • I had hoped to get at least one new page of G&P done, but I only got through about 90% of the inking of the new page.

  • I had hoped to get more editing done on Bound by Kith, but as I worked I realized I needed to find a way to make chapter 5 into chapter 1 and...ah...that was a lot more intensive than I had time for this week.

Goals for next week:

  • Next week is going to be a huge week of edits on Bound by Kith, again. I'm going to the mountains this weekend to just slam out some work on it, because I always write better up there.

  • Finish two pages of G&P.

  • Working on the corpse pile.

  • Work on some commissions I'm taking to help get over the gap between jobs I'm currently in.

Week 3

Accomplished this week:

  • Undertook the planning for a huge edit to my current manuscript, Bound by Kith. It involved a lot of note-cards and curse-words. Chapter 5 is now chapter 1, chapter 3 is now chapter 2, chapter 7 is now chapter 3, the original chapters 1/2/4 have been cut entirely, and there's two more murders than I started with.

  • Digitized all those note-cards into the digital file and reworked the new chapter 1 so that it works right as the new chapter 1.

  • Plugging away at the Corpse Pile illustration. I think I'm going to run a small Kickstarter for some special edition high-quality spot gloss prints when I finish it. I'd like to eventually run some bigger Kickstarters for my books and such, but I want to test the waters first with a smaller project and I think this would be a good one.

  • Worked on a couple commissions.

  • Started cleaning up my social media. I'm trying to widdle down on what I use regularly so I'm not spread so thin and can properly focus on things.

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • I did not get any work done on Gunpowder & Pine. I just got to swamped with other work.

Goals for next week:

  • Next week is going to be a huge week of edits on Bound by Kith, again.

  • Finish two pages of G&P.

  • Working on the corpse pile.

  • Work on some commissions I'm taking to help get over the gap between jobs I'm currently in.

Week 4

Accomplished this week:

  • Finished the corpse pile! It turned out so well and I'm crazy happy with it. This is the most complicated and intricate illustration I have ever done.

  • Wrote a 3,000 word short story for my volunteer writing coach job. I volunteer at the alternative High-School where my step-father is a principle teaching creative writing type stuff and mentoring a few students. Right now we're working through writing a short story together, from beginning to end. It's quite a fun little project.

  • Paneled/laid out 10 pages of Gunpowder & Pine.

  • Worked on and finished a few commissions.

  • Took over control of the website for my writing critique group. I might re-build it eventually, but for now I'm just taking care of making sure everything is up to date, adding pages for any new members we get, and other little bits like that.

  • Put together a "How to be a writer" presentation for career day at the high school. Three 30 minute sessions with 15 students each, plus 20 minutes at the end where students can come back and ask extra questions. Gonna be fun and hopefully only a little rambly.

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • I did not get any pages of G&P done. I think I exhausted myself a bit with how much work I put into the corpse pile. However, I did get the files made and panels drawn for 10 more pages, so that will give me a jump-start on the next few weeks.

  • Editing on Bound by Kith. Again, I was so determined to finish the corpse pile everything else kinda got pushed to the side.

Goals for next week:

  • Next week is going to be a huge week of edits on Bound by Kith, again.

  • Finish four pages of G&P. I need to get caught up.

Let's Try This Again


I've done a lot of thinking today. 2016-2017 was an interesting couple years for me as an artist and author and just general human being. I graduated from college in late 2016 and, to put it simply, attending that college was a mistake. It’s a long story but essentially I was lied to and manipulated by a college that was at the beginning stages of dying when I got accepted, but they’d done such a good job of hiding it that I didn’t know until it was to late.


Coming to terms with that was a huge struggle, especially because of how in debt it put me. It is something I am currently pursing legal action for, but that’s not really the point of this post. The point is that that experience, coupled with my depression (and, let’s be honest, it certainly didn’t help with the depression) really set me back in a lot of ways. I didn’t connect with people, I didn’t network with people, I didn’t develop healthy working habits.


But, most of all, I created my work in a bubble. I didn’t share it with anyone, I didn’t get critique, I didn’t get help. I didn’t want it. In college I was told off for giving in depth critiques, and many students gave subpar critiques that weren’t helpful in any way and that was treated as the right way to do it. These experiences created this sense that critique wasn’t worth bothering with. If no one was going to give me actual advice on my work and how to make it better, then there was no point in asking in the first place.


Obviously, this is a very harmful mentality to have. Art can’t be created in a bubble. It needs other people to help it grow and thrive to be the best it can possibly be. 2017 was my year of discovering that, as well as building the healthy work habits I should have developed in college.


In 2017 I tried a lot of different styles of working. Everything from using timers for everything I did to track what I was doing, to scheduling myself out weeks in advance, to not scheduling at all but taking notes on what I did as I did it. There was also a lot of exploration of how I work best when it comes to planning projects; the level of planning I need to do, what kinds of planning, etc. By late 2017 I finally found the methods that really clicked for me, after a lot of trial and error, and it resulted in an explosion of wonderful productivity and projects I was proud of and stayed proud of. I no longer felt like I was beating my head against a wall to get things done, and then hating them after a few days.


A big part of this was also finally starting to network with people, and starting to find people who could give me the critiques I wanted and needed to improve my work. I found an amazing writing critique group that is full of wonderful people who don’t give me any slack when they’re talking about my work. I reconnected with other disenchanted people from my college, and together we are working on building a network to help everyone else who was left in the dust by a college that was supposed to support us but never has.


These two groups, plus finally having an effective method of working, all really came together towards the end of 2017. That meant I came into 2018 with an entirely different outlook on my work and what I want to do as an artist and author. I’m crazy excited for what I’m going to be able to do now, but I’m also looking back on projects I did during the last few years and wishing they had been able to benefit from the personal advancements I made in 2017.

The biggest of these projects is the Kith and Kin saga. These books are my babies. I’ve already released the first one. People have bought it. I’ve shared it and sold it and done press about it. I’ve written the second book, and I’m currently in the process of editing it.

But I wrote the first book when I was in a bad place in my life. I wrote it when I was still struggling and still didn’t understand my brain well enough to work as effectively as I can now. I wrote it when I didn’t have anyone to help me, to critique me. The same is true, though to a lesser extent, for the second book.


It has been while working on editing the second book that I came to a lot of the realizations I’m sharing in this post. I worked on this book the most while I was going through that self-discovery period last year. Right now I’m still working on that project, but I’ve come out the other side of that period and it is making me view the project very differently.

Working on editing the second book feels like banging my head against a wall. There’s things I can’t change because it is a second book, and I’d have to change the first book to make it work. There’s things I can change but they’re so deeply entrenched in the story that it would involve a full re-write of the book. There’s things about my process that have completely shifted, so going back to a book that was created under my old processes feels like back sliding. I’m not the same artist, nor the same person, as when I wrote the second book and even more so I am not the same artist nor person as I was when I wrote the first book.

Obviously, I will always be changing and growing as an artist, but this feels like a bigger change. This isn’t just general learning, this was a serious, self-initiated, forced change. I made myself into the artist I want to be, the kind of artist that can undergo regular change and growth, because I wasn’t that artist before. It was hard and parts of it sucked, but it was worth it.


With all of that said, I refuse to abandon the Kith and Kin saga. I love it. It is still my baby. I still adore the characters and the world and I know I can do amazing things with it. But I realize now that I need to start over, as hard as that decision is. I’m lucky enough that this project is still 100% mine; I self-published it and I’ve done all the art and marketing and everything myself. Admittedly, this was because I refused to ask for help which was the problem, but in this instance it is an advantage because it means there is nothing standing in the way of me wiping the slate clean and starting from scratch.


This was still a hard decision to make, but I know it is the right decision. I am going to leave the first book, Bound by Kin, as it is. It now gets to be a stand alone novel. But it is also going to serve as an outline for the redo, so there will be a lot of similarities, but there will also be changes. I will also be outlining and getting at least a first draft of all three books in the series done before I release any of them. These books, while there are three of them, are one thing. I need to finish the whole thing before I give it to the world.


That’s not to say I won’t be talking about it while I work, though. I’ll still be talking about it a ton! I’m going to share as much of my processes as possible as I undertake redoing this project, because I love sharing my work. But a finished Book 1 of the redo is probably at least a couple years off.


So, yes. Lots of thinking has happened, and now you all know what’s going on with my work! I’m really excited by this new turn, even if it was a hard decision to make, and I hope you all will enjoy being on this journey with me.


Week 5

Accomplished this week:

  • I restarted on the Kith and Kin series. The reasons for this are long, but if you are interested in the full story it's in the "Let's try this again" section above. Basically, though, I did a lot of thinking and realized this was the best thing for the project. I'm very excited about the new direction, and already the whole project feels much stronger and well rounded.

  • Did a career day presentation at the high school where my step-father is the principle. Rambled for a few hours about what it is like to be a writer and the realities of the career and all that. It was tons of fun.

  • Created a new character chart for the Kith and Kin series to better track character arcs and motivations throughout the whole series. I've got it about half filled out so far.

  • Started re-outlining the first book in the new version of the Kith and Kin series.

  • Meeting with fellow Ghost Cat Alumni members plotting future plans for the association and watching funny videos.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. I'm changing up how I keep track of this work a bit, so that I can progress through it in a manner that's more suited to critique/my workflow. I'll now be posting the total number of pages I have done for each stage every week.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 9.5/36 pages

Lettered pages: 9/36 pages (technically not all pages have text, but I'm going to count pages as lettered even if they have none just for simplicity's sake.)

Colored pages: 3.5/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Editing on Bound by Kith because, as I said above, I started over on the whole series.

Goals for next week:

  • Taxes and other "get my finances in order" stuff.

  • Prep for Galaxy Fest, my first convention of the year. I'm only tabling as an author, so just my book and a few basic prints related to the book, which makes it easier to prep for since I won't have all my stuff.

  • G&P work.

  • Kith and Kin Redo work.

January Wrap-Up Video


Week 6

Accomplished this week:

  • Found a new title for the redo of the Kith and Kin series! I haven't titled the individual books yet, but I wanted a new series title right away for organizational purposes. The redo will now be referred to as the Glory is Poison Saga.

  • Wrote about 5,000 words on Glory is Poison Book 1.

  • Worked on the outline of Glory is Poison Book 1.

  • High School writing group meeting. I work at a local High School a couple hours every two weeks, helping students with their creative writing. This week we discussed failure and being able to recognize when things aren't working and what to do about it.

  • Writing critique group meeting. I didn't have any submission for critique this week, but we had a lot of great overall discussion on projects and redoing projects and publishing and all that.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. I'm changing up how I keep track of this work a bit, so that I can progress through it in a manner that's more suited to critique/my workflow. I'll now be posting the total number of pages I have done for each stage every week. Bold numbers are last week's counts for reference.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 9.5/36 pages 11/36 pages

Lettered pages: 9/36 pages 11/36 pages (technically not all pages have text, but I'm going to count pages as lettered even if they have none just for simplicity's sake.)

Colored pages: 3.5/36 pages 3.5/36 pages

  • Got my finances in order...ish. I'm not a math person. I can't wait until I can afford an accountant because numbers are evil. Also did taxes.

  • Prepped for Galaxy Fest. I'm having a hard time psyching myself up for this one. I have an author table, which means I can only sell my books, and the only book I have to sell right now is the first book of the Kith and Kin series. I bought the table before I decided to restart on the series, and now that I HAVE decided to restart I really don't have the motivation to sell the old books. But I do wanna sell 'em so I can at least make my money back for ordering them and buying the table.

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • More work on G&P. I wanted to get at least a couple more pages inked and lettered. Just ended up busy with other work and was fighting some motivational issues.

Goals for next week:

  • Working on G&P. I'd like to get at least three more pages inked and lettered next week.

  • Finish the first two chapters of GiP:B1 so I can submit them to my next critique group meeting. I want to have them dig into before I get to deep into the new draft since I'm writing it in a totally different style than I usually write in.

Week 7

Accomplished this week:

  • Exhibited at Galaxy Fest in Colorado Springs. It was a decent little convention.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Kinda. Grey numbers are last week's counts for reference.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 11/36 pages 11/36 pages

Lettered pages: 11/36 pages 11/36 pages

Colored pages: 3.5/36 pages 4.5/36 pages

  • Worked on a prismacolor marker illustration of my character Dustin. Just wanted to dig into some traditional media a bit, because I've been doing so much digital lately. (I actually started this last week and totally forgot to mention it in last week's post.)

  • Sent the first 10 pages of Gunpowder & Pine to some friends for critique.

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • More work on G&P. Galaxy Fest just totally took it out of me  and I had zero energy to do anything afterwards. (Eventually I'll remember that conventions ALWAYS do this and I won't schedule myself to do anything for a few days after them.)

  • Finish the second chapter of GiP:B1 for my critique group. I did get the first chapter done and sent off for critique, though.

Goals for next week:

  • Working on G&P. I'd like to get at least three more pages inked and lettered next week.

  • Reading! I need a break from society so I'm running off into the wilderness for the weekend with a stack of books. Hopefully by the end of it my brain will have reset a bit and I'll be able to jump back into work.

Week 8

Accomplished this week:

  • Finished a reference sheet for Coal, Dustin's dog in Gunpowder & Pine.

  • Finished a reference sheet for the wall of animal pelts that covers the missing area of Vivian's house in Gunpowder & Pine.

  • Finished a reference sheet for Vivian's main outfits.

  • Read three books.

  • Made a set of stitching brushes for Photoshop.

  • Made a new intro video for my Patreon and updated the overall page. Not 100% sure when I'll fully relaunch yet, but I want to have things ready.

  • Started prepping Patreon rewards so I'm ready to go whenever I do relaunch.

  • Digitized a sketched chart of Dustin and Vivian's scars.

  • Writing critique group meeting, where they tore apart the first chapter of Glory is Poison.

  • Major edits on the first chapter of Glory is Poison.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work, other than the reference sheets.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 11/36 pages 12/36 pages

Lettered pages: 11/36 pages 12/36 pages

Colored pages: 4.5/36 pages 5.5/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't quite reach my goal of getting three more pages inked and lettered, but I did finish off some reference sheets that really should've been done awhile ago. They'll be helpful going forward.

Goals for next week:

  • Working on G&P. I'd like to get at least three more pages inked and lettered next week.

  • Write a review of one of the books I read, because it was very good. The other two were good as well, but not quite good enough to make me want to write a review.

February Wrap-Up Video


Week 9

Accomplished this week:

  • Prepped Patreon rewards by getting them all formatted and metadataed properly.

  • Created a posting schedule for Gunpowder & Pine and all related Patreon rewards.

  • Painted a simple cover for Gunpowder & Pine Part 1.

  • Created Webtoons preview thumbnail and page thumbnail template for Gunpowder & Pine.

  • Helped work on some clarifications for the Launch Codes initiative.

  • Started rebuilding my Gumroad shop to sell originals and special edition prints. It will probably eventually include other stuff later such as books and comics. I like the customizability of Gumroad and the creator first mentality.

  • Organized my files and backed everything up. (Backup your files kids, you'll regret ever being born if you don't.)

  • Started sketching a new big painting. It's just going to be a fun thing for me to work on between comic pages so I can get breaks from cell shading and actually paint.

  • Started working on some new sticker sheets. I had one sticker sheet at Denver Comic Con last year and it was my best seller and the only thing I've ever sold out of at a single con, so I want to make more sheets for this year.

  • Scheduled out my whole next week of work. I normally only schedule major deadlines and stuff, but I've got a ton of little things I need to do next week so I've scheduled myself out all week.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in grey. I did all the coloring this week. ALL OF IT.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 12/36 pages 12/36 pages

Lettered pages: 12/36 pages 12/36 pages

Colored pages: 5.5/36 pages 11/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get anymore pages inked, because I decided to focus on coloring so I could get enough pages done to be able to start posting.

  • Didn't get the book review done. Just got to busy.

Goals for next week:

  • Start posting Gunpowder & Pine! This will include relaunching my Patreon, as the two are very intertwined.

  • Queue all Patreon posts that are ready to go.

  • Update website, blog, and tumblr prior to starting to post Gunpowder & Pine.

  • Start working on new book based blog over on tumblr. This is a secrety secrety project for now, but I'm very excited about it.

  • Work on Glory is Poison if I can squeeze it in anywhere.

Week 10

Accomplished this week:

  • Scheduled several months worth of Patreon posts for Gunpowder & Pine.

  • Updated my tumblr layout and tags so everything is better organized and easier to find.

  • Updated my website, including getting the mobile version to a functional state. The mobile version still isn't perfect, but it is usable now.

  • Updated my wordpress. I'm actually considering getting rid of wordpress entirely, though. I need to slim down on how many websites I actively use/post on, and I can easily do everything wordpress offers on other platforms I use. Also, I just freaking hate wordpress. Posting is fine but trying to edit the actual layout and such of blogs is just a nightmare.

  • Updated the 3D model of Vivian's house. I use a Google Sketchup model I built to make backgrounds much quicker when I'm drawing Gunpowder & Pine. The model has been done for awhile, but I needed to tweak a few things to make it more useful, like adding an actual wood panel floor instead of just a picture of a wood panel floor and that sort of thing.

  • Wrote two true-life stories for my tumblr. One has posted, the other will post next week, probably.

  • Worked heavily on Glory is Poison Book 1. It involved lots of colored pens, which are my best friend when it comes to editing.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in bold.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 12/36 pages 13/36 pages

Lettered pages: 12/36 pages 13/36 pages

Colored pages: 5.5/36 pages 11/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Did not get any work done on my new book blog I've got planned. I'll get to it eventually, but I'm not in a huge rush since I haven't announced anything about it or made any promises yet.

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1. I'd like to get the outline at least half done if I can pull it off.

  • Marketing for Gunpowder & Pine.

  • Work on Gunpowder & Pine pages. I didn't get a ton done this week because I was prepping to post everything, so I'd really like to dive back in next week.

Week 11

Accomplished this week:

  • Read two books

  • Did two written interviews, one for an asexual artists blog and one on the representation of queer women and girls in YA.

  • Started updating my freelance mailing list. I haven't really pursued a ton of freelancing in the last year, so my list is a little out of date, but I'm trying to get back into it now.

  • Send a couple postcard mailers to people on the freelance mailing list.

  • Thumbnailed a new short comic. It is one I've had an idea for for years but never got around to, however I may have found a home for it in a collection called "Strange Waters" that is having an open submissions call. I wanted to have the whole thing thumbnailed for my pitch, so it became a big focus this week. It won't interrupt other projects since I won't even know if I got in until early May.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in bold.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 13/36 pages 15/36 pages

Lettered pages: 13/36 pages 15/36 pages

Colored pages: 11/36 pages 11/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get any work done on Glory is Poison. This is partially because of suddenly having to thumbnail the short comic, and partially because daylight savings time is evil and stole a day from me.

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1. I'd like to get the outline at least half done if I can pull it off.

  • Marketing for Gunpowder & Pine.

  • Work on Gunpowder & Pine pages. I didn't get a ton done this week because I was prepping to post everything, so I'd really like to dive back in next week.

Extra note: I got a part-time job at Home Depot that will start in a week or two, so that will probably slow me down a little once I start. I'm used to working around part-time jobs, though, so once I adjust things should be fine.

Week 12

Accomplished this week:

  • Recorded a tutorial for making comic backgrounds. I should have it edited and uploaded to Youtube next week.

  • Finished the prismacolor illustration of Dustin I started a few weeks ago. I'm very pleased by how it came out.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in bold.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 15/36 pages 18/36 pages

Lettered pages: 15/36 pages 18/36 pages

Colored pages: 11/36 pages 12.5/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get any work done on Glory is Poison. I was having a really hard time remaining focused this week, as sometimes happens. I've started using Cold Turkey again, which is super helpful. (For those who haven't used it, it's a software for your computer that lets you set timed blocks where you can't access certain websites and programs so you can't be distracted and are forced to actually work. I highly recommend it.)

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1. I'd like to get the outline at least half done if I can pull it off.

  • Marketing for Gunpowder & Pine.

  • Work on Gunpowder & Pine pages. I'm working on a night scene right now that is slow going with coloring, because there's a ton of adjusting values to make sure everything is properly visible. It's only a few pages, though.

Week 13

Accomplished this week:

  • Finished the outline for Glory is Poison Book 1. Still need to fuss with a couple parts, but overall this rewrite is already feeling a ton stronger.

  • Got started on the outline for Glory is Poison Book 2.

  • Updated a few pages of Gunpowder and Pine because I forgot to draw the fire curtain on the fireplace. Thankfully it wasn't on any of the pages I've posted so far.

  • I drew a cool little mountain in a teacup thing, because I needed a break from digital work and wanted to doodle. I then fell in love with it and decided I'm gonna do a whole series of them based on all the 14ers, because I don't have enough projects. :P

  • Started working on the Pike's Peak cup.

  • Reorganized my traditional art buckets/containers. I've now got one for my markers, one for my colored pencils, and one for watercolor. They've each got inking supplies as well.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in bold. The night scene pages took me a little while because there was a lot of fussing with values, but that scene is over now, and we're back in daylight. Yay daylight!

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages

Lettered pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages

Colored pages: 12.5/36 pages 14.5/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get my tutorial that I filmed last week posted. I'll get to it eventually, but it isn't a huge priority.

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1. Got a bit of fiddling left to do and I need to digitize it into Scrivener.

  • Marketing for Gunpowder & Pine.

  • Work on Gunpowder & Pine pages. I would love to reach the halfway point of finishing Part 1 next week, but I also start my new retail job next week and I have no clue what my schedule will be yet so we'll see how it goes.

March Wrap-Up Video


Week 14

Accomplished this week:

  • Submitted to be included in the Women Who Draw artist network to try and get a little freelance work.

  • Started working on digital mountains in teacups. So far I've just got Pikes Peak, because I spent a lot of time fiddling with the style, but I've finally settled on it so I'll start working on more mountains next week.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in bold. The night scene pages took me a little while because there was a lot of fussing with values, but that scene is over now, and we're back in daylight. Yay daylight!

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages

Lettered pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages

Colored pages: 14.5/36 pages 15.75/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get my tutorial that I filmed last week posted. I'll get to it eventually, but it isn't a huge priority.

  • Didn't work on GiP:B1

  • Didn't quite get to the halfway point of finishing the first half of GaP. Had an unexpected distraction, forgot to account for Easter (and my birthday...), and started work at my new retail job.

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1. Got a bit of fiddling left to do and I need to digitize it into Scrivener.

  • Paint something not related to any other projects. I'm getting a bit burned out on comic work right now, so I think I need to step back and do something else for a little bit. I'm nine pages/weeks ahead of where I'm at with posting, so I can afford to put the comic down for a week or even two while I do something else for a little bit. Then I'll come back to the comic and hopefully feel motivated again. There's a scene from All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater I've been dying to illustrate so I'll probably do that.

Week 15

Accomplished this week:

  • Did six artist trading cards.

  • Sketched and started painting the All the Crooked Saints painting I mentioned last week.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages

Lettered pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages

Colored pages: 14.5/36 pages 15.75/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get my tutorial that I filmed last week posted. I'll get to it eventually, but it isn't a huge priority.

  • Didn't work on GiP:B1

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1. Got a bit of fiddling left to do and I need to digitize it into Scrivener.

  • Work on the All the Crooked Saints painting.

  • Get back to working on Glory is Poison. It has been super refreshing to step back and take a break from it, and I feel like it will be a lot easier to jump back in now.

Week 16

Accomplished this week:

  • Developed the floor plan of a luxury commercial airline for another novel project I will eventually be getting started on. Don't know when I'll get to it, but I just got the urge to develop the plane.

  • Started outlining a memoir non-fiction book thingy. Not entirely sure where I'm going with it yet, but it will be heavily focused on Grand County Colorado and all the stories I heard growing up there. This projects is probably a long way off from being done, but it'll be a fun thing to chip away at for the next few years.

  • Attended DINK in Denver. I got so many awesome comics to dig through there. Can't recommend this convention enough if you're looking to pick up some awesome indie comics and graphic novels.

  • E-mailed my portfolio to the Birdy magazine after chatting with them at DINK.

  • Bit of work on the AtCS painting.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in bold. Back to working on G&P. Taking a break was super helpful and I'm totally read to jump back in now. (Also, I reached 1k views and 36 subscribers on Webtoons in only 8 pages!)

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages

Lettered pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages

Colored pages: 15.75/36 pages 16.5/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get my tutorial that I filmed last week posted. I'll get to it eventually, but it isn't a huge priority.

  • Didn't work on GiP:B1

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1. Got a bit of fiddling left to do and I need to digitize it into Scrivener.

  • Work on the All the Crooked Saints painting.

  • Continue working on Glory is Poison.

Week 17

Accomplished this week:

  • Started laying out some new signage for my convention booths.

  • Laid out and ordered some new stickers to sell at conventions and giveaway to my awesome supporters.

  • Started posting Gunpowder & Pine on Tapastic. I got over 50 subscribers in less than a week and I'm stupidly happy about it. I queued all pages up to page 18.

  • Prepped the next chunk of Patreon reward files.

  • Organized my files.

  • Drew a quick full-body illustration of Vivian for a "thank you for subscribing" digital card to send to people who've subscribed to Gunpowder & Pine.

  • Editing on Glory is Poison: Book 1. I also posted the first chapter on tumblr along with a survey about it so I could get some better feedback, and it has been very helpful.

  • Started working on a layout/concept art sheet for Vivian's house.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in bold. I have officially reached the halfway point of part 1!!! I've now got a 9 week buffer for posting, which is wonderful. This is the biggest project I've ever undertaken, so reaching this milestone feels great.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages

Lettered pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages

Colored pages: 16.5/36 pages 18/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get my tutorial that I filmed posted. I'll get to it eventually, but it isn't a huge priority. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't work on the All the Crooked Saints painting.

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1 outline. Got a bit of fiddling left to do and I need to digitize it into Scrivener.

  • Work on the All the Crooked Saints painting.

April Wrap-Up Video


Week 18

Accomplished this week:

  • Continued working on the concept art sheet of Vivian's house.

  • Started reading all the comics I got at DINK a couple weeks ago. It is easily my favorite convention for discovering other awesome independent comic artists.

  • Queued posts on Patreon.

  • Made some ads for Denver Comic Con and started queuing them on Hootsuite for posting on Twitter.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in grey. I've reached 91 subscribers on Tapas in just over two weeks, which I'm delighted about. I think waiting until I had the first pages to post all at once really helped hook readers.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 18/36 pages 18.25/36 pages

Lettered pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages

Colored pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get my tutorial that I filmed posted. I'll get to it eventually, but it isn't a huge priority. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't work on the All the Crooked Saints painting.

  • Didn't work on Glory is Poison.

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1 outline. Got a bit of fiddling left to do and I need to digitize it into Scrivener.

  • Start ordering new merch for Denver Comic Con. I need to spread it out between paychecks, but I'm really excited about the new stuff!

Week 19

Accomplished this week:

  • Created a digital version of Vivian's family tree, which I should've done a long time ago, but when I originally developed her her family backstory wasn't as important so I didn't need to get super specific. She's become much more of an important character, though, as has her family--though indirectly--so I needed to shore up some details.

  • Wrote about 5,000 words on my paranormal YA novel that is currently code-named "Haunt." I'm super happy with how it is coming so far, and the first 6,000 words are currently in the hands of my critique group.

  • Laid out a preview zine thingy of G&P Part 1 for Denver Comic Con. It will be the first ten pages, plus a couple bonus illustrations.

  • Started and finished two portrait illustrations that will be exclusive to the preview edition of G&P Part 1 which will be for sale at Denver Comic Con.

  • Prepped print files for DCC, including laying out five sticker sheets. I should be able to start ordering things once I get paid tomorrow (5/10/18). I've also been fretting about how to best display the sticker sheets because I want to hang them, but I don't want to spend money on packaging that will just be thrown away, and I'd have to get a bunch of different sizes. Finally occurred to me to use those little one inch plastic sticky tabs with holes to hang things. Duh. Cheaper than buying a bunch of bags, can be used for any size sticker sheet as well as anything else.

  • Finished a sign advertising my Patreon for Denver Comic Con.

  • Created a Denver Comic Con add for Tapastic and Webtoons.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in grey. Not a ton of progress this week; I'm on a really tricky page right now and it is taking a fair amount of time. But after this one I have some scenery exploration pages and I'm super excited for them. Gonna go to town on all the details.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 18.25/36 pages 18.5/36 pages

Lettered pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages

Colored pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get my tutorial that I filmed posted. I'll get to it eventually, but it isn't a huge priority. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't work on the All the Crooked Saints painting.

  • Didn't work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1 outline. Got a bit of fiddling left to do and I need to digitize it into Scrivener.

  • Start ordering new merch for Denver Comic Con. I need to spread it out between paychecks, but I'm really excited about the new stuff!

  • Gunpowder & Pine work.

Week 20

Accomplished this week:

  • Made one new artist trading card.

  • Ordered everything for Denver Comic Con. The preview editions of Gunpowder & Pine have already arrived and they are so freaking pretty and awesome. I had them printed through MagCloud. It was very affordable and the quality is great.

  • Research for my paranormal novel Haunt. Lots of digging through old newspapers, though the one paper I really need is about the only historic newspaper in Colorado that hasn't been digitized yet. Of course. Gonna have to go on a road-trip to my favorite creepy hotel now. Oh darn.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in grey. Finally got past the tricky page and I'm moving forward at a better pace now, despite being stupidly busy with other stuff this week.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 18.5/36 pages 20.5/36 pages

Lettered pages: 18/36 pages 20/36 pages

Colored pages: 18/36 pages 18/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get my tutorial that I filmed posted. I'll get to it eventually, but it isn't a huge priority. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't work on the All the Crooked Saints painting.

  • Didn't work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1 outline. Got a bit of fiddling left to do and I need to digitize it into Scrivener.

  • Start reworking my convention table layout now that my new merch has started arriving.

  • Make more artist trading cards.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work.

Week 21

Accomplished this week:

  • Worked on my layout for Denver Comic Con. I've gotten it mostly laid out, I just need to fidget with a few things and price stuff properly. Also have a couple more little things to order like more print sleeves.

  • Made a map graphic of where my table is for Denver Comic Con. (I'll be at E3!) I'm so glad DCC got them out a few weeks early this year, rather than than week of the con like they've done before. It makes it so much easier to market and get the word out about where I'll be.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in grey. I have the whole current scene inked and lettered now, so it is time to color!

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 20.5/36 pages 23/36 pages

Lettered pages: 20/36 pages 23/36 pages

Colored pages: 18/36 pages 18.20/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't work on the All the Crooked Saints painting.

  • Didn't work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

  • Didn't get any new artist trading cards done. Gonna try and work on some over Memorial Day weekend when I'm at the family cabin.

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1 outline. Got a bit of fiddling left to do and I need to digitize it into Scrivener.

  • Finish reworking my convention table layout now that my new merch has started arriving.

  • Make more artist trading cards.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work.

Week 22

Accomplished this week:

  • Worked on my layout for Denver Comic Con. I've gotten it mostly laid out, I just need to fidget with a few things and price stuff properly. Also have a couple more little things to order like more print sleeves.

  • Started setting up gigs on Fiver. I never realized it was so customizable before. I'm really trying to push my freelance work more because retail work is just so unstable.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in grey. I'm falling a little behind, but I'm losing hours at work which is bad for my wallet but good for the comic, so...?

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 23/36 pages 23/36 pages

Lettered pages: 23/36 pages 23/36 pages

Colored pages: 18.20/36 pages 19.5/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't work on the All the Crooked Saints painting.

  • Didn't work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

  • Didn't get any new artist trading cards done.

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1 outline. Got a bit of fiddling left to do and I need to digitize it into Scrivener.

  • Finish pricing my convention table.

  • Make more artist trading cards.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work.

May Wrap-Up Video



Week 23

Accomplished this week:

  • Sketched thumbnails for a Zine I'm in.

  • Made 6 artist trading cards.

  • Made signage for DCC. Still need to print it all and mount it to foam-core.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Last week's numbers in bold. I'm a bit more caught up now, especially since I won't be able to get any work done this coming week since I have to prep for DCC. I also feel like I'm in the home-stretch of this comic and that is a fantastic feeling. I've started LOOSELY plotting out Part 2 as well.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 23/36 pages 23.25/36 pages

Lettered pages: 23/36 pages 23.25/36 pages

Colored pages: 19.5/36 pages 23/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't work on the All the Crooked Saints painting. I'm officially putting this on the back burner for awhile.

  • Didn't work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

Goals for next week:

  • Work on Glory is Poison Book 1 outline. Got a bit of fiddling left to do and I need to digitize it into Scrivener. I have a short vacation planned after DCC since I'm getting barely any hours at work that week, and I'm planning to just chill and write.

  • Finish assembling the signage for my convention table.

  • Make more artist trading cards.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work (maybe, it isn't a huge priority since I'll be busy prepping for DCC).

Week 24

Accomplished this week:

  • Printed and assembled signs for Denver Comic Con.

  • Made buttons for DCC.

  • Organized prints for DCC.

  • Organized and priced my portfolio of originals for DCC.

  • Traditionally inked an unfinished sketch of Sebastian from Shadowhunters that I found while organizing my portfolio of originals.

  • Made 3 new Artist Trading Cards.

  • Painted my new box for hauling convention stuff. I found a PERFECT one at Home Depot, but apparently it's a super popular kind for using at conventions so I wanted to make sure mine stood out as mine.

  • Packed for DCC.

  • Queued social media posts for the weekend since cell service is shoddy during DCC.

  • Drove to Denver and set up for DCC.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Didn't work on it this week since I was so busy prepping for DCC, but I'm keeping the numbers here for easy access.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 23.25/36 pages 23.25/36 pages

Lettered pages: 23.25/36 pages 23.25/36 pages

Colored pages: 23/36 pages 23/36 pages


Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't work on the All the Crooked Saints painting. I'm officially putting this on the back burner for awhile.

  • Didn't work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

Goals for next week:

  • Recover from Denver Comic Con by just working on some fun stuff.


Week 25


Accomplished this week:

  • Worked on a few thumbnails for a new project.

  • Exhibited at Denver Comic Con. It was an interesting year, and I should have a review of the con up soon.

  • Painted a very quick and messy portrait of Vivian in Procreate to have a timelapse I could play at my DCC table to help draw in customers.

  • Updated my website. I've migrated my blog off of wordpress and onto my main website for ease of use, because I'm not a fan of how the wordpress system works.

  • Applied to a character design job in Denver.

  • Started working on a convention documentation sheet. I've always really struggled with finding a way that I like to keep track of inventory, sales, and other information about each convention. I think I've finally come up with a good one. I'm excited to try it out at Colorado Springs Comic Con in a couple months.

  • Editing work on Haunt. I've joined what seems so far to be a delightful queer authors/fiction group on Facebook that I'm excited to start sharing with.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Only got a little work done since I took it easy after DCC, but I'm really enjoying the page I'm on now.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 23.25/36 pages 23.5/36 pages

Lettered pages: 23.25/36 pages 24/36 pages

Colored pages: 23/36 pages 23/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on the All the Crooked Saints painting. I’m officially putting this on the back burner for awhile.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.


Goals for next week:

  • Reorganize how I share rewards on Patreon and organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Editing/writing work on Haunt.

  • G&P work.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter.

And now, for something extra! We have made it halfway through the year (holy shit!) so it's time for a six month check in on those goals I posted at the beginning of the year and how they've changed. Original goals in bold. Comments on where I am with them in regular text below each goal. Adapted list of goals for the rest of the year in the next section.

-Publish BBK 2

  • Create new chapter header illustrations

  • Create cover

  • Do layout

  • Upload to Ingram Spark

  • Create Book Trailer (maybe)

  • Promotion/Marketing

Didn't happen. As I mentioned a few weeks into the year, I made the very hard decision to start over on this project. It was the right thing to do and I'm much more excited by the new direction.

-Publish GaP Volume 1

  • Thumbnails

  • Pages 1-5

  • Pages 6-10

  • Pages 11-15

  • Pages 16-20

  • Pages 21-25

  • Pages 26-30

  • Pages 30+

  • Cover

  • Layout

  • Upload to Ingram Spark

  • Promotion/Marketing

Progress is being made! I've completed up to page 23 and published up to page 16 on the webcomic websites where I am sharing the comic. I've also got the cover done, and I did the layout/publishing for the special 10 page preview I released at Denver Comic Con.

-Send newsletters out once a month. Will contain updates on each project, new blog posts, previews of stuff not yet posted, con appearance info, etc. Add some exclusive discounts/giveaways too.


Didn't happen. I do want to get better at sending out newsletters, but I think doing them monthly was to big of a jump from not doing them at all.


-Post more progress works.

Didn't happen. I get so wrapped up in working that I don't remember to document progress as well as I should.


-Do weekly blog round-ups of what has been accomplished each week, and what will be accomplished next week.


Going strong!


-Do monthly video round-ups of what has been accomplished each month, and what will be accomplished next month.

Going strong!


-Do chapter readings + painting time-lapse videos for each chapter of BBK1. (Do full book if people enjoy them.)

Didn't happen due to deciding to start over on the Kith and Kin series. I would like to do it eventually, though, for another book.


-Do at least six video tutorials throughout the year

  • Brush modes/sketching in Photoshop

  • Walkthrough of my comic process

  • Using Lazy Nezumi for Perspective drawing

  • Using Art boards in Photoshop for keeping track of references

  • ???

  • ???

Working on it. Got the Lazy Nezumi for Perspective Drawing one done, just need to actually post it.

-Write 1st draft of Haunt

  • Outline

  • Draft

Working on it! I've got a few chapters done so far and I'm really loving the direction of it so far.

-Write 1st draft of BBK3

  • Outline

  • Draft

Again, this project was turned into a rewrite so this specific goal no longer applies.

-Finish sculpture of Dustin and Vivian

I've switched to working on a different sculpture of just Vivian. I wasn't making any progress with the original design and decided I just needed to start over.

Adapted goals for the rest of 2018: -Glory is Poison

  • Outline book 1

  • Outline book 2

  • Outline book 3

  • Write first draft of book 1

-GaP Volume 1

  • Pages 24-25

  • Pages 26-30

  • Pages 30-36

  • Layout print version

  • Potential kickstarter for print version. Still debating if I want to go this route.

  • Promotion/Marketing

-Send three more newsletters this year.

-Post more progress works.

-Do weekly blog round-ups of what has been accomplished each week, and what will be accomplished next week.

-Do monthly video round-ups of what has been accomplished each month, and what will be accomplished next month.

-Do at least five more video tutorials throughout the year

  • Brush modes/sketching in Photoshop

  • Walkthrough of my comic process

  • Using Art boards in Photoshop for keeping track of references

  • ???

  • ???

-Write 1st draft of Haunt

  • Outline

  • Draft

-Finish sculpture of Vivian


Week 26

Accomplished this week:

  • Designed three stickers for Gunpowder & Pine and uploaded them on Redbubble.

  • Sent out thank you cards to new Patreon subscribers.

  • Designed new social media posts. I'm trying to get better about posting sketches and other little updates. I made myself a template for images and a template for snippets of writing so there will be consistency to the posts.

  • Thumbnailed a short story comic for the story behind the Amethyst Corpses illustration I did at the beginning of the year. I'm really excited for it, but I'm not sure when I'll have time to get to it.

  • Signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo. I'm hoping this will really kick me into working on Haunt since I'll be doing the challenge with a bunch of other people in my cabin.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Only got a little work done since I took it easy after DCC, but I'm really enjoying the page I'm on now.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 23.25/36 pages | 26/36 pages

Lettered pages: 24/36 pages | 26/36 pages

Colored pages: 23/36 pages | 25/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on the All the Crooked Saints painting. I’m officially putting this on the back burner for awhile.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

  • Reorganize how I share rewards on Patreon and organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Editing/writing work on Haunt.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter.

Goals for next week:

  • All the stuff I didn't get done this week. I had a bit of a rough week that distracted me from working on stuff, but hopefully next week will be better.


Week 27


Accomplished this week:

  • Started working on another sticker design for Gunpowder & Pine. I'm really in love with it so far. Might try to do some laser engraved charms with it for Patreon supporters as well at some point.

  • Worked on inking the illustration for a fanzine I'm in. I'm having a lot of fun with it.

  • Wrote three book reviews. I'll start posting them next week.

  • Outlined the rest of Haunt.

  • Wrote about 7,000 words on Haunt.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. I feel like I'm in the home stretch and I am THRILLED.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 26/36 pages | 27/36 pages

Lettered pages: 26/36 pages | 27/36 pages

Colored pages: 25/36 pages | 25.25/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

  • Reorganize how I share rewards on Patreon and organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter.

Goals for next week:

  • All the stuff I didn't get done this week. I had a bit of a rough week again that distracted me from working on stuff, but hopefully next week will be better. I've had a lot of unexpected financial stuff crop up this month and it's really thrown me out of my groove. Yay bill panic. Why must everything come due at once?


Week 28


Accomplished this week:

  • Posted a new G&P sticker.

  • Created a new Patreon reward tier. I think I have finally figured out a way to make Patreon work really well with my process, so I'm excited to continue reworking it.

  • Cleaned up my twitter a little bit. Unfollowed a bunch of dead accounts and accounts I'm no longer interested in.

  • Started working on an art book of my work. Just gonna do a page here and there detailing my process on different projects and featuring other bits of inside info. It will be part of my reworking of Patreon as well.

  • Did a couple character design sketches on my iPad pro. I've had it for ages but never used it much because I hated how smooth the screen is, but now I've got a Paperlike screen protector and it is FANTASTIC. Makes it much easier to draw on. Now I just need an ergonomic case for the pen and I'll be set.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Plugging away at it. Just about to finally reach the big action scene for this chapter, which should be a lot of fun.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 27/36 pages | 28/36 pages

Lettered pages: 27/36 pages | 28/36 pages

Colored pages: 25.5/36 pages | 27/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

  • Reorganize how I share rewards on Patreon and organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter.


Goals for next week:

  • All the stuff I didn't get done this week. I had a bit of a rough week again that distracted me from working on stuff, but hopefully next week will be better. I've had a lot of unexpected financial stuff crop up this month and it's really thrown me out of my groove. Yay bill panic. Why must everything come due at once?


Week 29


Accomplished this week:

  • Cleaned up an old concept piece (of a dumbo octopus in a top-hat) from college because a friend loved the design and wanted to buy it on a mug or something of the sort.

  • Wrote a few hundred words on Haunt. I also updated the character/place names I've decided to change. I decided to change them so I could have a little more freedom in the historical parts of the story, rather than keeping it all totally accurate.

  • Started working on a painting of Dustin in Procreate. It's not something I really intend to do anything with, I just want to get more used to Procreate now that I'm using it more.

  • Sketched out a new painting involving a space octopus.

  • Found a probable home for a couple of short story comics I've had thumbnailed out. Both are still a ways off from publishing, but I'm excited!

  • Started discussing some comic adaptions of a series of short stories written by a person in my writing critique group. I'll be reading the stories and getting a quote together this weekend.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. HOME STRETCH! HOME STRETCH! HOME STRETCH!

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 28/36 pages | 31/36 pages

Lettered pages: 28/36 pages | 31/36 pages

Colored pages: 27/36 pages | 28.5/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

  • Reorganize how I share rewards on Patreon and organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter.


Goals for next week:

  • Get the quote together for the short story comic adaptions mentioned above.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter.

  • Finish Gunpowder & Pine Part 1. Not SURE I can pull this one off, but I have a lighter schedule at work next week and I am SO CLOSE. So close.


Week 30


Accomplished this week:

  • Started a sketchup model of my dream house, just because.

  • Made a sketchup model of my dream convention setup. Don't know if I'll ever be able to build it, but it was a lot of fun to design.

  • Queued posts for Gunpowder & Pine on tapastic, tumblr, and webtoons.

  • Uploaded a timelapse of the lineart on a Gunpowder & Pine page.

  • Started an illustration of Vivian murdering a vampire. Might use it as an exclusive illustration for the printed version of Gunpowder & Pine Part 1.

  • Put together a quote for adapting a short story into a comic. Didn't get the commission, sadly, but o'well!

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. Four more pages! Didn't get done like I wanted, but it's fine. I've got a big buffer built up now, which is good because my August is CRAZY busy and I don't know how much I'll be able to get done.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 31/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Lettered pages: 31/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Colored pages: 28.5/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

  • Reorganize how I share rewards on Patreon and organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter.


Goals for next week:

  • Write at least 30,000 more words on Haunt. I'm house sitting for my aunt for two weeks so I'm planning on using the time to get a lot of writing done.


Week 31


Accomplished this week:

  • Wrote 5,000ish words on “Haunt”

  • Fully outlined “Haunt”

  • Worked on the illustration of Vivian murdering a vampire.

  • Started an illustration of Vivian and Dustin in the forest. Playing around with a new style that I am having a lot of fun with.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. None this week, as I am staying at my Aunt’s house and thus don’t have my desktop. That’s what buffers are for, though!

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 31/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Lettered pages: 31/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Colored pages: 28.5/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

  • Reorganize how I share rewards on Patreon and organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter.

  • Didn’t get nearly 30,000 words done on “Haunt”, but when I made that goal I was still trying to be a pantser on the novel and, ah...I am not. Not at all. Went back to my plotter ways and did the full outline instead, which was plenty of work so I’m not dissapointed at missing my word goal.


Goals for next week:

  • Work more on “Haunt.”

  • Finish the illustration of Dustin and Vivian in the forest.


Week 32


Accomplished this week:

  • Wrote 3,000ish words on “Haunt”

  • Came up with a brand new method of outlining novels that I am in LOVE with. I threaded the whole thing on twitter, but basically it involves a roll of kraft paper and a bunch of notecards so I essentially have a very lark corkboard that I can roll up and take with me anywhere. I love it.

  • Finished the illustration of Dustin and Vivian in the forest.

  • Started and finished an illustration of Shae and Ariane in a car after they’d burned down a building.

  • Started and finished an illustration of Helen and Russ in Helen’s classroom. This, and the two above illustrations were all done in a style that I have always wanted to try (thin lines and dramatic lighting/colors) but have never really been able to get the hang of. I’m super happy with how all three turned out, though, and I think I’ll use prints of them as a special giveaway to draw more people to my Patreon or something.

  • Applied to Denver Comic Con 2019.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. None this week, as I am still staying at my Aunt’s house and thus don’t have my desktop. That’s what buffers are for, though!

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 31/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Lettered pages: 31/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Colored pages: 28.5/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

  • Reorganize how I share rewards on Patreon and organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter.


Goals for next week:

  • Work more on “Haunt.” Next weekend I’m going on a short vacation to the hotel where I’ve based the book, so I’m super excited for that. Gonna borrow my sister’s good camera to take some good photos.

  • Squeeze in a little work on G&P


Week 33


Accomplished this week:

  • Wrote 3,000ish words on “Haunt”

  • Came up with a brand new method of outlining novels that I am in LOVE with. I threaded the whole thing on twitter, but basically it involves a roll of kraft paper and a bunch of notecards so I essentially have a very lark corkboard that I can roll up and take with me anywhere. I love it.

  • Finished the illustration of Dustin and Vivian in the forest.

  • Started and finished an illustration of Shae and Ariane in a car after they’d burned down a building.

  • Started and finished an illustration of Helen and Russ in Helen’s classroom. This, and the two above illustrations were all done in a style that I have always wanted to try (thin lines and dramatic lighting/colors) but have never really been able to get the hang of. I’m super happy with how all three turned out, though, and I think I’ll use prints of them as a special giveaway to draw more people to my Patreon or something.

  • Applied to Denver Comic Con 2019.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. None this week, as I am still staying at my Aunt’s house and thus don’t have my desktop. That’s what buffers are for, though!

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 31/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Lettered pages: 31/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Colored pages: 28.5/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. However, working on Haunt has helped get me back into a writing grove so that should help.

  • Reorganize how I share rewards on Patreon and organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter.


Goals for next week:

  • Work more on “Haunt.” Next weekend I’m going on a short vacation to the hotel where I’ve based the book, so I’m super excited for that. Gonna borrow my sister’s good camera to take some good photos.

  • Squeeze in a little work on G&P


Week 34


Accomplished this week:

  • Finished the winter forest illustration of Vivian.

  • Started a portrait of Vivian in a buckskin coat because I found a color scheme I really liked for her.

  • Started and finished a portrait of a lady with half her face missing and a geode in the eye socket of her skull. Sketched it at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in the rocks and minerals section and there was a young boy there who thought my iPad and Procreate was the coolest thing ever. He was blown away when I told him you can make money and have a job drawing things. He kept coming back over and over to ask me more questions.

  • Went to the Meeker Hotel to do some research for Haunt. Wrote down a lot of sensory notes for better descriptions and took a lot of reference photos. Also found out that a second cousin used to be best friends with the son of one of the former owners, so I may have to tug on that thread a little at some point.

  • Prepped for Colorado Springs Comic Con. I've got a new inventory/convention info method I'm implementing at this convention and I'm interested to see if it will work the way I want it to.

  • Got some last minute prints for CSCC.

  • Set up at CSCC.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. None this week either as I'm crazy busy still. That’s what buffers are for, though! Should be able to jump back into it next week.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 31/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Lettered pages: 31/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Colored pages: 28.5/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. Right now I'm planning on finishing the first draft of Haunt, then working on GiP while I let Haunt stew for a bit.

  • Reorganize how I share rewards on Patreon and organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter. And a "I'll be at Colorado Springs Comic Con next weekend" newsletter. Not sure why I find sending newsletters so hard, honestly...


Goals for next week:

  • Get the last four pages of GaP inked and lettered.


Week 35


Accomplished this week:

  • Finished the winter forest illustration of Vivian.

  • Started a portrait of Vivian in a buckskin coat because I found a color scheme I really liked for her.

  • Started and finished a portrait of a lady with half her face missing and a geode in the eye socket of her skull. Sketched it at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in the rocks and minerals section and there was a young boy there who thought my iPad and Procreate was the coolest thing ever. He was blown away when I told him you can make money and have a job drawing things. He kept coming back over and over to ask me more questions.

  • Went to the Meeker Hotel to do some research for Haunt. Wrote down a lot of sensory notes for better descriptions and took a lot of reference photos. Also found out that a second cousin used to be best friends with the son of one of the former owners, so I may have to tug on that thread a little at some point.

  • Prepped for Colorado Springs Comic Con. I've got a new inventory/convention info method I'm implementing at this convention and I'm interested to see if it will work the way I want it to.

  • Got some last minute prints for CSCC.

  • Set up at CSCC.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. None this week either as I'm crazy busy still. That’s what buffers are for, though! Should be able to jump back into it next week.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 31/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Lettered pages: 31/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Colored pages: 28.5/36 pages | 32/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. Right now I'm planning on finishing the first draft of Haunt, then working on GiP while I let Haunt stew for a bit.

  • Reorganize how I share rewards on Patreon and organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter. And a "I'll be at Colorado Springs Comic Con next weekend" newsletter. Not sure why I find sending newsletters so hard, honestly...


Goals for next week:

  • Get the last four pages of GaP inked and lettered.


Week 36


Accomplished this week:

  • Finished the illustration of Shiro and Keith in dress uniforms.

  • Sketched a new painting of Vivian freerunning in the forest.

  • Sketched a painting of Magnus and Alec from Shadowhunters.

  • Illustrated a new self-portrait for my social media icons.

  • Sketched Ronan and Adam from The Raven Cycle.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. I HAVE FINISHED INKING AND LETTERING THE WHOLE CHAPTER!!!

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 32/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Lettered pages: 32/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Colored pages: 32/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:


  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. Right now I'm planning on finishing the first draft of Haunt, then working on GiP while I let Haunt stew for a bit.

  • Reorganize how I share rewards on Patreon and organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter. And a "I'll be at Colorado Springs Comic Con next weekend" newsletter. Not sure why I find sending newsletters so hard, honestly...


Goals for next week:

  • Get two more pages of GaP colored. I'd like to get all four done, but I'm leaving for a week at the cabin on Wednesday next week, so we shall see.

  • Start posting backlog of illustrations.


Week 37


Accomplished this week:

  • Made a new painting of Dustin and Vivian being cute in Vivian's kitchen.

  • Finished the Alpha Read of the first half a book for a critique partner.

  • Posted a couple of my backlog of recent illustrations and their videos.

  • Updated Patreon tiers a little.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. SO CLOSE SO CLOSE SO CLOSE.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Lettered pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Colored pages: 34.5/36 pages | 35/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. Right now I'm planning on finishing the first draft of Haunt, then working on GiP while I let Haunt stew for a bit.

  • Organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter. And a "I'll be at Colorado Springs Comic Con next weekend" newsletter. Not sure why I find sending newsletters so hard, honestly...


Goals for next week:

  • Get caught up on reading! I've been so busy lately I haven't had any time to read, and since I've got a week in the mountains I intend to catch up on my TBR pile.


Week 38


Accomplished this week:

  • Made a new painting of Dustin and Vivian being cute in Vivian's kitchen.

  • Finished the Alpha Read of the first half a book for a critique partner.

  • Posted a couple of my backlog of recent illustrations and their videos.

  • Updated Patreon tiers a little.

  • Gunpowder & Pine work. SO CLOSE SO CLOSE SO CLOSE.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Inked pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Lettered pages: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Colored pages: 34.5/36 pages | 35/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn’t work on Glory is Poison. Right now I'm planning on finishing the first draft of Haunt, then working on GiP while I let Haunt stew for a bit.

  • Organize a new patrons giveaway.

  • Send a "thanks for visiting me at DCC" newsletter. And a "I'll be at Colorado Springs Comic Con next weekend" newsletter. Not sure why I find sending newsletters so hard, honestly...


Goals for next week:

  • Get caught up on reading! I've been so busy lately I haven't had any time to read, and since I've got a week in the mountains I intend to catch up on my TBR pile.


Week 39


Accomplished this week:

  • Started working on a traditional media illustration of Vivian playing with a knife, because my markers were calling to me.

  • Started organizing my Twitter lists so I can better utilize twitter as a marketing and networking tool.

  • Started a week long tutorial on how I use Google Calendars to keep track of my life over on my tumblr.

  • Finished the outline of Glory is Poison Book 1.

  • Edited the script for Gunpowder & Pine Part 2.

  • Applied to three jobs. Two of them are art related, one is just at a super fun place. I really gotta find something more stable and with a better income. I can't keep doing the retail merry-go-round.

  • Started organizing my projects in a project organizer app thing. Normally I'm not a huge fan of this sort of thing because I find it more annoying than helpful, but I'm gonna give it another go given how many things I've got going right now.

  • Prepped for Inktober. I decided to do it instead of Huevember because I need a bunch of inked art for another project, so I figure this is a good way to do it!

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Time to start tracking Part 2 of the comic! Once again, last week's numbers will be in bold as I track my progress on Part 2.

Thumbnails: 0/? pages | 7/? pages

Paneled pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Inked pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Lettered pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Colored pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't get the wrap up image for GaP Part 1 done. I'm going to use the illustration of Vivian playing with a knife for this.


Goals for next week:

  • Get the wrap up image for Part 1 of GaP done.

  • Work on the outlines for Glory is Poison books 2 and 3.

  • Work on some concept art for the comic about my Amethyst Corpses illustration.

  • Get started on Inktober

  • Continue applying to more jobs. My goal is at least 5 per week until I find one.

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.


Week 40


Accomplished this week:

  • Played around with setting up some new Photoshop brushes. Still haven't quite got them where I want them but I'm getting them there.

  • I've completed inktober days 1-4 and sketched days 5 and 6 as well. Having a ton of fun with it so far and I've already got at least a couple pieces I want to eventually turn into finished pieces.

  • Updated all my job hunting websites.

  • Applied to SRG, Wiland, two different positions at TeeTurtle, Unbridled, Sashcho, and a map illustrating position.

  • Completed the concept art for the Priestess in my comic about my Amethyst Corpses illustration. It helped me decide on the style for the comic as well.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Time to start tracking Part 2 of the comic! Once again, last week's numbers will be in bold as I track my progress on Part 2.

Thumbnails: 7/? pages | 7/? pages

Paneled pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Inked pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Lettered pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Colored pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't get the wrap up image for GaP Part 1 done. I'm going to use the illustration of Vivian playing with a knife for this. Getting prepped/going for Inktober took up most of my time.

  • Didn't work on the GiP outlines.


Goals for next week:

  • Get the wrap up image for Part 1 of GaP done.

  • Continue with Inktober

  • Continue applying to jobs

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.


Week 41


**Note, I ended up having a job interview this week that took up a couple days of my time for prep and doing the actual interview, so I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted, but it was for a very good reason! Not sure how the interview went, but still, it's progress in the hunt!

Accomplished this week:

  • Started a new novel project. (Yes, yes, I know, I have enough already. Shhhhhh.) Wrote about 1,000 words on the first chapter.

  • Inktober: inked up to day 11. Sketched up to day 15.

  • Research/prep for the interview, and the actual interview (one on the phone, one in person.) It was with TeeTurtle.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Time to start tracking Part 2 of the comic! Once again, last week's numbers will be in bold as I track my progress on Part 2.

Thumbnails: 7/? pages | 7/? pages

Paneled pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Inked pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Lettered pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Colored pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't get the wrap up image for GaP Part 1 done. I'm going to use the illustration of Vivian playing with a knife for this. Getting prepped/going for Inktober took up most of my time.

  • Didn't work on the GiP outlines.

  • Didn't apply to any other jobs. Interview work took precedence.


Goals for next week:

  • Get the wrap up image for Part 1 of GaP done.

  • Continue with Inktober

  • Continue applying to jobs

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.


Week 42


**Still in the process of that interview thing. I kinda thought I was out of the running after the second interview, but then I got a third interview, so...?

Accomplished this week:

  • 3rd interview with this company.

  • Up to day 18 of Inktober!

  • Very minor edits on Glory is Poison Book 1.

  • Finished the illustration of Vivian throwing a knife around.

  • Read and critiqued a short story for critique group.

  • Did some file organization/backup on my computer.

  • Did some minor edits on Gunpowder & Pine Part 1 pages.

  • Posted the last page of Gunpowder & Pine!!! I also put up a few collected/all-the-pages posts on my various sharing sites to see what audience engagement is like when all the pages are together in one place vs. one page at a time.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Time to start tracking Part 2 of the comic! Once again, last week's numbers will be in bold as I track my progress on Part 2.

Thumbnails: 7/? pages | 7/? pages

Paneled pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Inked pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Lettered pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Colored pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't work on the GiP outlines.

  • Didn't apply to any other jobs. Interview work took precedence.


Goals for next week:

  • Continue with Inktober

  • Continue applying to jobs

  • Start working on the Amethyst Corpses comic.

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.




Week 43


**Still in the process of that interview thing. They told me they are making their decision on 10/26 so I'll know one way or the other tomorrow!

Accomplished this week:

  • Up to day 25 of Inktober!

  • I have sketched the first 8 pages of the Amethyst Corpses comic and I am loving it so far. I can't wait to share this comic. I was shooting for poignant and I think I went way past that and into heartbreaking. Once I finish sketching it I'm going to send it to some beta "readers" before I start painting. I have the last three pages laid out and ready to be sketched.

  • Made the basic layout of Gunpowder & Pine Part 1 for print so that I could see all the pages together.

  • Updated the font across all the pages of Gunpowder & Pine Part 1 because I decided I really hated the way the letter "P" looked in my old font.

  • Submitted my Redbubble to a popular gift guide thing.

  • I made a 3D model of the headdress worn by the priestess in the coprses comic to help with drawing it and its pattern in perspective.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Time to start tracking Part 2 of the comic! Once again, last week's numbers will be in bold as I track my progress on Part 2. Been more wrapped up in the Corpses comic, but I'll get back to this soon!

Thumbnails: 7/? pages | 7/? pages

Paneled pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Inked pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Lettered pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Colored pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.

  • Didn't work on the GiP outlines.

  • Didn't apply to any other jobs. I'm in such a limbo point with this interview process that I'm finding it hard to motivate myself to apply to other places.


Goals for next week:

  • Continue with Inktober

  • Continue applying to jobs

  • Finish sketching Amethyst Corpses comic and send it to betas.

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.


Week 44


Accomplished this week:

  • Did not get the job, sadly.

  • Finished Inktober!!! First time ever after four or five attempts.

  • Scanned and cleaned up all Inktober pieces.

  • Computer backup

  • Finished sketching the Amethyst Corpses Comic and started getting beta feedback on it.

  • Updated my tumblr theme a little.

  • Worked on the sarcastic "how to art" book, finishing the text of it.

  • Started a painterly portrait of Shae.

  • Started painting Corpses comic page 1. Still mostly just working out the colors.

  • Started queuing November social posts. I'm back to trying to use Hootsuite to keep a steady stream going.

  • Applied to about ten more jobs.

  • Worked on digitizing Glory is Poison Book 1 outline.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Time to start tracking Part 2 of the comic! Once again, last week's numbers will be in bold as I track my progress on Part 2. Been more wrapped up in the Corpses comic, but I'll get back to this soon!

Thumbnails: 7/? pages | 7/? pages

Paneled pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Inked pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Lettered pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Colored pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn’t get my tutorial that I filmed posted. Theoretically I WILL get to this eventually. Probably.


Goals for next week:

  • Continue applying to jobs

  • Continue working on Amethyst Corpses comic.

  • Finish digitizing Glory is Poison Book 1 outline.

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.


Week 45


Accomplished this week:

  • Reorganized my computer to clean it up a little and make things easier to get to. My marketing folder was getting very out of hand.

  • Worked on the Amethyst Corpses Comic

  • Got into Denver Comic Con! Very excited about it, since I have a lot of fun stuff planned.

  • Finished digitizing the outline of Glory is Poison Book 1.

  • Made a couple quick Shadowhunters posters to celebrate the announcement of the premier date of the last half of the last season, since the official one...ah...sucked.

  • Submitted myself to the queer cartoonists database

  • Sent out a newsletter along with a poll for how to make my newsletters more valuable to my subscribers

  • Sent out some physical goodies to my Patreons; stickers and a copy of the Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 teaser edition.

  • Uploaded the monthly digital goodies to Patreon.

  • Applied to Girl's Drawin' Girls

  • Applied to a multitude of jobs

  • Edited up to page 18 of Gunpowder & Pine Part 1. I'm going through and making a bunch of minor edits here and there.

  • Wrote a few hundred words on Glory is Poison Book 1 as well as printed out the first few chapters to do some hand editing.

  • Made some fancy banners and "about my projects" posts for various social media platforms.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Time to start tracking Part 2 of the comic! Once again, last week's numbers will be in bold as I track my progress on Part 2. So far it seems like Part 2 is gonna end up right around the same length as Part 1, but it will depend on how the fight scene ends up laying out.

Thumbnails: 7/? pages | 21/? pages

Paneled pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Inked pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Lettered pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Colored pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Nothing! I got tons done this week. Partially it was because I just didn't have as busy of a work schedule as usual.


Goals for next week:

  • Continue applying to jobs

  • Continue working on Amethyst Corpses comic.

  • Get the first 2/3 chapters of Glory is Poison Book 1 ready for my critique group.

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.


Week 46


Accomplished this week:

  • Finished the edits on Gunpowder & Pine Part 1.

  • Finished editing Glory is Poison Book 1 Chapter 1 to prep it for sending to my critique group.

  • Started edits on Glory is Poison Book 1 Chapter 2 to prep it for sending to my critique group.

  • Finished the first page of Amethyst Corpses. (It is so pretty!!! Can't wait to finish the whole thing.)

  • Painted Vivian in a snarky t-shirt.

  • Started a painting of the Inktober piece of Shae with a gun.

  • Made a couple deviantART mockups based on their new version because their new version leaves a lot to be desired. That's what betas are for, though!

  • Got accepted into Girls Drawin' Girls.

  • Applied to multiple jobs.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Time to start tracking Part 2 of the comic! Once again, last week's numbers will be in bold as I track my progress on Part 2. So far it seems like Part 2 is gonna end up right around the same length as Part 1, but it will depend on how the fight scene ends up laying out.

Thumbnails: 21/? pages | 21/? pages

Paneled pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Inked pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Lettered pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Colored pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't quite get as much editing done as I wanted, but I did find a new editing tool (Pro Writing Aid) that I am freaking in love with.


Goals for next week:

  • Continue applying to jobs

  • Continue working on Amethyst Corpses comic.

  • Finish getting chapter 2 of Glory is Poison Book 1 ready for my critique group.

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.


Week 47


Had a bit of a crappy week, so I didn't get a ton done.

Accomplished this week:

  • Worked on testing new page layout and customization options in the new version of deviantART.

  • Wrote a tutorial on how to customize pages in the new version of deviantART.

  • Made some mockups of ways to customize pages in the new version of deviantART.

  • Applied to a job.

  • Bit of editing on Glory is Poison Book 1 Chapter 2.

  • Tiny bit of work on the corpses comic.

  • Ordered a bunch of Sticker Mule stickers (and got them within a few days. A+ speedy service!)

  • Worked on the painting of Shae with a gun.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Time to start tracking Part 2 of the comic! Once again, last week's numbers will be in bold as I track my progress on Part 2. So far it seems like Part 2 is gonna end up right around the same length as Part 1, but it will depend on how the fight scene ends up laying out.

Thumbnails: 21/? pages | 21/? pages

Paneled pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Inked pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Lettered pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Colored pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't quite get as much editing done as I wanted.

  • Didn't apply to many jobs.

  • Didn't get much work done on the Corpses comic.


Goals for next week:

  • Continue applying to jobs

  • Continue working on Amethyst Corpses comic.

  • Finish getting chapter 2 of Glory is Poison Book 1 ready for my critique group.

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.


Week 48


Had a bit of a crappy week, so I didn't get a ton done.

Accomplished this week:

  • Worked on testing new page layout and customization options in the new version of deviantART.

  • Wrote a tutorial on how to customize pages in the new version of deviantART.

  • Made some mockups of ways to customize pages in the new version of deviantART.

  • Applied to a job.

  • Bit of editing on Glory is Poison Book 1 Chapter 2.

  • Tiny bit of work on the corpses comic.

  • Ordered a bunch of Sticker Mule stickers (and got them within a few days. A+ speedy service!)

  • Worked on the painting of Shae with a gun.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Time to start tracking Part 2 of the comic! Once again, last week's numbers will be in bold as I track my progress on Part 2. So far it seems like Part 2 is gonna end up right around the same length as Part 1, but it will depend on how the fight scene ends up laying out.

Thumbnails: 21/? pages | 21/? pages

Paneled pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Inked pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Lettered pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Colored pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't quite get as much editing done as I wanted.

  • Didn't apply to many jobs.

  • Didn't get much work done on the Corpses comic.


Goals for next week:

  • Continue applying to jobs

  • Continue working on Amethyst Corpses comic.

  • Finish getting chapter 2 of Glory is Poison Book 1 ready for my critique group.

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.


Week 49


Accomplished this week:

  • Finished the painting of Dustin and Vivian sitting on a log and plotting a robbery.

  • Had a couple job interviews, got my current job transferred, and got another interview lined up.

  • Packing. All the packing. How do I own so much when I haven't had my own place in 3ish years???

  • Minor updates to Patreon.

  • Worked on uploading my backlog of art to deviantART.

  • Worked on migrating off of tumblr due to the purge.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Time to start tracking Part 2 of the comic! Once again, last week's numbers will be in bold as I track my progress on Part 2. So far it seems like Part 2 is gonna end up right around the same length as Part 1, but it will depend on how the fight scene ends up laying out.

Thumbnails: 21/? pages | 21/? pages

Paneled pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Inked pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Lettered pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Colored pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Nothing! Not that I had that many goals for the week. :P


Goals for next week:

  • Continue applying to jobs

  • Get moved. I'll work on some stuff here and there, but moving (and hopefully finding a new job before the end of the year) is the main priority.

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.


Week 50


Accomplished this week:

  • Finished packing all my stuff (WHY DO I OWN SO MANY BOOKS?!)

  • Started moving.

  • Painted another lady with crystals growing out of her.

  • Interviewed, and got, a new position at Home Depot that pays $1.50 more and gets commission on top of that.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Time to start tracking Part 2 of the comic! Once again, last week's numbers will be in bold as I track my progress on Part 2. So far it seems like Part 2 is gonna end up right around the same length as Part 1, but it will depend on how the fight scene ends up laying out.

Thumbnails: 21/? pages | 21/? pages

Paneled pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Inked pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Lettered pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Colored pages: 0/? pages | 0/? pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Nothing! Not that I had that many goals for the week. :P


Goals for next week:

  • Get moved. I'll work on some stuff here and there, but moving (and hopefully finding a new job before the end of the year) is the main priority.

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.


Week 51


Accomplished this week:

  • Got mostly moved in. I've still got a few things to move after the holidays but I got all the essentials.

  • Did a touch of work on the Corpses comic. I'm gonna have to put this on the backburner for a bit since the move really threw off my schedule with stuff, but I'll get back to it soon!

  • Played around with a style experiment featuring Vivian. Not sure if I'll finish it but it was interesting.

  • Sketched and inked a new cover for the print edition of Gunpowder & Pine Part 1.

  • Thumbnailed some potential exclusive bonus artwork for said print edition.

  • Built a quick 3D model of the boxcar set that will be a big part of Part 2 of Gunpowder & Pine. Mostly I wanted the model for getting the scale of things right inside the car more than object placement like in my other 3D model sets.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Last week's numbers in bold. Finished the thumbnails and it ended up the exact same length as part 1. I'm super excited for a lot of the stuff in this part and I can't wait to get to work on the pages.

Thumbnails: 21/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 0/36 pages | 0/36 pages

Inked pages: 0/36 pages | 0/36 pages

Lettered pages: 0/36 pages | 0/36 pages

Colored pages: 0/36 pages | 0/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Nothing! Not that I had that many goals for the week. :P


Goals for next week:

  • Get started on inking the first pages of Part 2.

  • Work on the cover for Part 1.

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.


Week 52


Accomplished this week:

  • Finished the Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 Cover art and did the layout of it for the print version.

  • Worked on the layout for Gunpowder and Pine Part 1. It'll be 44 pages total. Still waiting to hear back if I got into DINK to decide when/how I'll do the release.

  • Started working on an exclusive illustration of Vivian for the print version. There will be one of Dustin as well.

  • Some minor edits on Glory is Poison Book 1, and sent the first couple chapters off to my critique group.

  • Gunpowder & Pine Part 2 work. Last week's numbers in bold. Finished the thumbnails and it ended up the exact same length as part 1. I'm super excited for a lot of the stuff in this part and I can't wait to get to work on the pages.

Thumbnails: 36/36 pages | 36/36 pages

Paneled pages: 0/36 pages | 0/36 pages

Inked pages: 0/36 pages | 0/36 pages

Lettered pages: 0/36 pages | 0/36 pages

Colored pages: 0/36 pages | 0/36 pages

Meant to get done this week, didn’t get done:

  • Didn't quite get to inking the first pages of Part 2. I ended up going to the mountains for the holiday weekend, so I was away from my desktop.


Goals for next week:

  • Get started on inking the first pages of Part 2.

  • Finish the Vivian exclusive.

  • Start the Dustin exclusive.

  • Work on Glory is Poison book 1.

  • Not next week, but noting it here so I don't forget: Make an infographic of my work on Gunpowder and Pine Part 1 because infographics are fun and this blog series gives me lots of data to work with.



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