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Space Fruit Oddity [Apr. 14th, 2011|11:57 am]
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I had a moment yesterday that was like the sun coming in through heavy blinds.

Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to keep working on the things I do since nobody requires of me to publish my own comic book and I have no real deadlines. I wonder often if I weren't as self motivated, where my arts career would have gone (if anywhere)...


So yesterday I was noticing in my Comic Book Creation class that some kids were having difficulty finishing up their projects to be scanned. Feeling a bit energized after my last cup of french press for the day, I took the opportunity to share with the kids my very first sketch of Coffeestain Comicks: a ballpoint pen doodle of Fred the Pear drawn while I was in college. They laughed a little noticing the changes in the early versions of Fred and all unanimously agreed that the new look suits him well. It was refreshing to look back at my old sketchbook was by chance still in my back pack and show the kids how it all began. For the rest of the class (after they were bored of standing over my shoulder of course), they worked diligently on their own work until the end of the class.


Fred "the Pear" LaFruit, circa 2004





Fred "the Pear" LaFruit, circa 2011


Things have come a long way. They even giggled a bit at the "big dog" I drew... which was supposed to be a friendly cougar named Giorgio.

In moments of doubt like the deadline for a big project, it's fun to look back and see how far things have come. I have about 75% more motivation to finish "Space Fruit Oddity" TONIGHT and it will be epic.
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[User Picture]From: lady_fox
2011-04-14 06:55 pm (UTC)
That's awesome.

It's also crazy to me that we've known you for that long... :)
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[User Picture]From: may_came_home
2011-04-16 01:41 am (UTC)
well this was a nice uplifting entry. glad you like your life. :)
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