Hi. So far so good. Day one of the 2006 went off without a hitch. I cut my hair, I cleaned the house a little then I got distracted and started doing some art.
I broke out the watercolors and tried coloring a comic page...it didn't turn out the way I had hoped, but I wasn't trying to put too much pressure on myself.
I'm using Pelikan semi-opaque colors which I like a lot. They're bright, they have thorough coverage, but I think you can go through them pretty quick. I did a sample piece for another comic I created a few years back called Braun. A revitalization of a character whose graphic novel I just finished writing the day before yesterday. I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to work on it since I'm doing The =O= project, but I might just do concepts for it when I need a break.
It's about this time that most popular media use headlines like, "A look back at 2005" and the like. I hate that personally. I don't want to revisit every news story and event from 2005 in January of 2006. I think it's a copout really, but maybe it's a hard job, and everyone needs a break.
Anyway, what I tend to do may not be much different though. I write in my journal a list of what I managed to get done for myself. What projects I've finished off, what I've learned, who I've been influenced by or who I may have helped along the way. I work all the time, and when I've got my head buried in the work it's hard to remember what effect I have on the world, and what it's had on me. It's too easy to keep focused on the road ahead, but you might miss a few of the attractions along the way. So basically for peace of mind I give myself the okay to reminisce for a bit, and be thankful I get to live my dream every day.