August 5th 2015 Wednesday 17.56
I was about to write a new journal entry something like two hours ago, but I kept wasting time reading my old entries, looking at what I've uploaded recently, and stuff like that. Yep, I'm still out of town, in vacation with
, but tomorrow I'll catch the train and get back home, where I must absolutely get back to my working routine because I have so much to do!
This vacation has been very relaxed: we haven't visited any new location, mainly because we haven't had much time to organize a real trip, but we had time to enjoy summer and get our minds ready for the new, upcoming cold season. The last days of June, I stayed at Lock's place helping him getting ready for the Salerno in Fantasy convention: we had planned to get the printed copies of his comic, Sinergy, delivered to his drawing studio, but a printing/delivery problem forced us to change the plans and redirect the delivery directly to
, who has worked at the comic with him. We were worried at first, but luckily the copies arrived to her house just one day before the convention along with pins to sell as merchandise! Phew!
Me and Lock both took the train to Salerno and then headed to my home on the 2nd of July: the following day at early morning, we were once again on the train to get the Sinergy comic stand ready and running. This has been the first "work-a-con" I've ever partecipated, and... man, it's stressful. Not that I didn't doubt it, but one has to experience it in first person to actually understand how exausting it can be; I don't blame all those famous artists who do autograph sessions now!
Mostly, I think what exausted us the most was the unbearable heat Salerno has suffered during those days, and the fact that our stand was in a room in which fresh air didn't move even with all the windows open. But we've seen people appreciate the comic, stop by and look at the pins, admire the drawings, talk with Lock and Didi, cuddle the Cerino plush (which is adorable btw, look at him: i.imgur.com/xtig56Y.jpg
), and it's such a good feeling! We've also had some people stopping by saying "Hey guys, I follow you on Facebook!" which boosted our confidence. Obviously, even though I helped flatting some of the pages the comic isn't mine, but I've still helped setting up the stand and staying behind it to draw fanart and sell the comic or the merchandise. It's the first time I sit a the "other side" of a comic convention stand, it's cool. It has given me the final boost I needed to start that comic about Helios I've been working on for years. I don't know when exactly I'll start publishing it or when I'll ever find the time to actually draw it, but during those days I've started scripting some of the starting pages. Let's see how this drags on.
Anyway, after the three days of the con, we stayed at my place until the 20th of July, completely free! We went to the beach, went for long walks, watched movies, the usual. We've drawn a bit as well (quite in fact, I was able to upload some stuff here on DA!) and played Wario Land on my Game Boy. I should take pictures of it when I get home, as my gaming shrine I coloured time ago valery91thunder.deviantart.com…
is actually getting fuller and fuller with cartridges. My collection grows! x3
Lock has also bought me a dress to wear in occasion for his mother's birthday. Yep, an ACTUAL dress. I've actually got two, one black with white tribal decorations and another one with tropical flowery blue drawings. I've never thought I could wear a dress but they actually look good on me! I guess it's also all thanks to :iconshikky-sfranzy: if such a shopping has been successful, it's only thanks to her and her suggestions. We've tried a lot of dresses, but in the end I got only the ones I felt really comfortable wearing. I'm happy of that. I'll wear those more often until the cold kicks in I guess :3
On the 21st, we both took yet another train to go back to his place, bringing with us the unsold copies of Sinergy that will be needed for the LuccaComics convention in November. The suitcase was so heavy! I'm glad I don't have to bring with me that extra weight on my journey home. While here, we've visited some local comic shops and sold more copies. Let's hope this catches on. xP
We've also went to the cinema a lot, and we saw both Terminator Genesys and Pixels. Very satisfied wih Terminator, while Pixels was like... eh... but it's an Adam Sandler movie so by that standard, I guess it was ok. There were some videogame continuity errors tho :V
I haven't been able to do anything at all art-wise while here, I really miss my tablet and drawing computer! And afterall, even Lock has commissions to do and I can't kick him out of his drawing station. xP
First thing first tomorrow, after unloading my suitcase, I'll finally get to ink and colour
's second commission I've been having in hiatus since I departed on the 21st! I'm really so sorry about the delay, and once again I must thank the patinence you customers have whenever I'm out for summer vacations x3
I'll also have to get back at my Photoshop illustrations, as I've left one in shading phase before going away; that drawing is in the works, on and off, since May! I should really get quicker with Photoshop graphics and do more with it, especially now that my to-do-list of ideas is getting longer.
It's time I leave this laptop to Lock once again I suppose. See you tomorrow!