KiYXmas; Two Days Before the End

10:30 AM - Sunday morning with 57 hours left in The King in Yellow Christmas Cards campaign.  We're at 365 backers (love you guys!) and have $8256 pledged on what was originally $2000 goal.  And here we are.

I am going to spend the day drawing envelope art.  Looking at the hours and the numbers I do not, rationally & on the basis of observed data, believe that new backers will appear to put us over the $10K mark that unlocks envelope artwork. OTOH, my ability to extrapolate trends from observed data on a basis of rational self-interest has not been real good lately and besides the time spend drawing will be nice.  Drawing is the beginning of all art, the structural framework that supports the painting or the sculpture or even, gawds help us, the installation; so drawing practice will be good whether the art gets used or not.   And like driving miles on an open highway across flat country, drawing brings a peaceful focus to the artist's mind.

And who knows?  Maybe it could happen...

So off I go to draw.  I'll update this post with Work In Progress as I make it presentable.  

Have I ever mentioned that my first illustration inspiration were the Oz illustration of John R. Neill?  I expect it shows...

Have I ever mentioned that my first illustration inspiration were the Oz illustration of John R. Neill?  I expect it shows...

4:15 PM - This is the approved pencil rough for the envelope artwork, if we reach $10K and unlock it.  We've just read up on the US Post Office's rules for envelopes and it turns out they do not want any art at all the bottom half of the back of the envelope,  the side where one writes the address, and also, incidentally, where we put the art last year.  This year, if we can unlock it, the art will go on the flap side of the envelope, where there's no writing to worry about at all.

I'll be inking it next, then moving on to the reward sketches next week.  I'll keep coming back, tho, to talk about what I'm doing and show you what I've drawn.