I have been in a bit of a transition with my art lately; not quite as drastic as the one mentioned in a previous post, but more of a pivot from the work I've been doing. I've just started a couple of new ongoing series that taps that more explicitly taps into how I've been thinking about my work for a while now. I find this is usually how I work. I have an overarching idea and then from that trunk concept sprout a variety of limbs in the form of series.
Anyway, in the first of these new series, called Illustrations from Unwritten Stories, I am going back to my collection of unfinished short stories/novels and illustrating scenes from them. I like to think of these drawings as a way of bringing some sort of creative closure to these unfinished works from the past. With these drawings I kind of feel like I am channeling inspiration from some of my favorite illustrators of the past to cauterize the wounds of past writings I know I'll never finish, but always wish I would. In the process the writings take on new life as a valuable source to mine and I don't have to flail around for inspiration to make one of my daily drawings.
A related series, at least in some ways, is the second one I have recently started. Starting this month I have begun writing a poem a day. My goal is to make a series of illustrated poems from these, in the spirit of golden age poet/illustrators like Edward Lear and William Blake. I hope to make the poems and illustrations so intertwined that they work as a cohesive whole, yet can stand on their own with equal strength. We shall see.