Friday, June 18, 2010


This is a sketch I have been working on for the last week. Takes a while if I only work on it a few minutes at a time. Finally got it to a point that I could do a color comp in Photoshop. Though I had planned on painting this, the drawing itself is done on a sheet of hot pressed watercolor paper, I might do it digital. Not sure yet.

Today marks 900 consecutive days of posting to this blog. (It is 900, right Royce?) I've had more posts than that but I am counting days, not posts. When I bought new business cards, I added the blog to the cards. For the first time in print I referred to this as my "daily" sketch blog. Talk about trying to jinx it. :)

At the Pittsburgh ComiCon I was telling someone at my table about this blog and how it came about. They were impressed and supportive. They wished me luck and left. Someone near by heard the conversation and asked if it was really a daily blog. I said yes. Then for some reason he started to belittle my efforts here in a very passive/aggressive way. The exact words escape me right now but the condescending tone stayed with me. I don't know why he took such issue with me doing a daily blog. It never made sense. Even more strange is why he felt he needed to put down what I am doing here. I just don't get it. Thinking back on the times that I have seen him, I realize that he has always had this tone and rude demeanor. Not sure it's with everyone, but always with me. Oh well.

Someone recently asked me what I will do when I hit 1000 days. I don't have an answer. As I have stated before, I started this as a one year experiment and hoped I could do at least three straight months. I really don't have a plan beyond the day to day of this. It's just become part of my daily life and not any real effort to do so it's not like I need to take a break. I guess we will all have to wait and see.

I do know that this blog wouldn't have lasted this long with all of you. Thanks everyone.

Tomorrow: Day 901 and just what the heck is Gene up to these days?

This is Post #988


Gary M. Peiffer said...

What a way to bring 900 in! I love this piece and at first glance, though that this was Josie in Outer Space (there was a cartoon of Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space).

Keep rolling with the blog! Not sure where the specific criticism is coming from that you mention, but I am sure you know that the compliments far outweigh the criticisms.

Have a great weekend! I will be here for 1000!


Craig Zablo said...

Congrats on 900 and here's to 9,000 more. I may not comment daily, but I do check in daily! Love this piece. Cool design and I love the lighting!

Ignore the hater.

As to the 1,000 post. I know I asked you what you planned to do at Heroes. You said you weren't sure and it sounds like you're still not. I looked it up in the OFFICIAL RULES OF DAILY BLOGGING and it states: "On day 1,0000 the ARTIST shall post a piece featuring HELLBOY, JOSIE snd the PUSSY CATS, a SYLVESTER STALLONE movie character and a Heroine of the Artist's choice." Really.
; )

Royce Thrower said...

2008 = 366 days (Leap Year)
2009 = 365 days
Jan '10 = 31 days
Feb '10 = 28 days
Mar '10 = 31 days
Apr '10 = 30 days
May '10 = 31 days
Jun '10 = 18 days (so far)

Total = 900 DAYS!!!!!

( I still think you should count those few "test" days in Dec 2007 in your streak!)

Congrats on the milestone Gene! This is a great drawing to celebrate with! Eric will be salivating when he sees the Space Girl! For #1000 you should definitely do something special, then frame it and put it in your studio! So, the subject needs to "go with" your decor... maybe the Island Trio?

Gene Gonzales said...

Gary - I do remember Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space! The negative I got about the blog was the only one ever. And I only mention it because I found it so silly. And your right, the "positives" out weigh everything. There are a lot of great folks, like yourself who add so much to the fun.

Craig - Thanks! But 9000 more??? Well, okay. :) Hater ignored. Now I need to get started on that 1000 day post. Whew, that's a tough one.

Royce - Thanks for double checking my figures! I will try to give some thought to the 1000. Again, if I was a superstitious person, I would really worry about jinxing it.

carlos a.s. lising said...

Beautiful piece, Gene! And congratulations on the milestone!!! :D

Craig Zablo said...

Royce came up with a serious idea that really rocks. You should do a piece for yourself to commemorate a 1,000 posts!

Comix Book Gurl said...

That is a beautiful piece!