December 3, 2002
I’m in an art frenzy. Painted ten shooters yesterday on big watercolor board, very complicated design, no pencil rough, just painting figures right onto the board. This is cover art for “50 Guns That Won The West.” Very nerve wracking, workiing without a net. Got to keep leaping into the dark. Went into the office, fixed several problems, met with Bob Brink regarding bingo cards (return ad cards in the mag), came home at 11:30 and started painting again. Worked non-stop for about four hours, finished two big cover goauches by five, but, as I stepped back they both look weak. Panicked. Broke out the scratchboard and did ten images after dinner (in case Daniel hates the goauche versions, he can build a cover with the line shots, or so that’s my fantasy).
Woke up at three this morning, fretting, worrying about a weak cover, finally got up at four, did three more pen and inks on Essdee scratchboard. Really hanging out. I’ve done about thirty images so far, none are working.
“If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.”
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