Happy new year, my lovelies! 2019 is over, so brace yourselves for many bad jokes involving 2020 vision for the next few months.
January is generally thought to be named for the Roman god, and my namesake, Janus. Associated with thresholds and transitions, Janus is usually depicted as a two-faced god, with each face looking in a different direction, the past and the future. So January was thought to have been a time of reflection upon the past and the future in ancient times, as a threshold between the two. While New Year’s day was certainly sacred to Janus, it is more likely that January was named for Juno, but I like the imagery of Janus, and of reflecting upon past and future, as something very much a part of January.
2019 was a busy year for me in the background, but not so much on the art front, a theme that has carried forward from the last few years and that I am aiming to change this year. I’m not going to try, and likely fail, to make any enormous changes, but some slow and steady ones that will hopefully mean posting more blogs for you to enjoy. And with that little bit of reflection on the future out of the way, let’s have a look at 2019:
In 2019 I had the pleasure and privilege to start working with new and talented author, Bruce W. Johnson, on his first book of short stories, Demon Tales. The first in his Demons series, Demon Tales is a well paced and diverse selection of stories that makes for a very entertaining read, and I can tell you now that the next two books are even better! I am already working on more covers for Bruce and looking forward to reading what he’s working on next! Watch this space.
It has been in the works for quite some time, but the artwork and draft for Daimonic Essence were completed in 2019. Fully illustrated by yours truly for Dana Varahi, the book is now on the final straight to a completed proof to be approved by the author and publisher and then will be released later this year. A book about essential oils, incense and plant mythology, it is a labour of love by both the author and myself and we really hope it is enjoyed.
Actually participating in Inktober
I have been trying, and failing, to get my arse in gear and be involved in Inktober for a few years now. Last year was my best attempt so far and has inspired me to do and show more sketches here. I can be a bit too perfectionist and this is a creativity nightmare, but I found Inktober forced me to show work I otherwise wouldn’t have and this made me feel less anxious about letting you all see more of the rough work-in-progressy stuff. We’ll see how I do this year.
Leaving Social Media
Probably the biggest highlight of 2019 for me was finally leaving social media. I’m not going to preach it at you as “the only way to the one true awesome living your best life salvation utopia”, but I feel significantly more calm, content and focussed, and I have no desire to go back there, lose those feelings and start chasing fake validation again. So it’s not that leaving social media is “That One Weird Trick” that will make you happy forever and ever, it’s more that not being on there, for me at least, is a better foundation for building my happiness up from.
Is there anything you feel particularly proud of from 2019 and anything you’re really looking forward to in 2020? Let me know in the comments.