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Today was a good day. I made an octopus.

I imagine that statement might be a bit confusing without some framing or reference, so I’ll try my best to explain.

1. It’s the first thing I’ve completed in a new program that I’ve been learning (Adobe Illustrator).

The steep learning curve on Adobe Illustrator has been quite a rude awakening for me. For example, imagine drawing a house and some stick figures in MS Paint. Pretty doable, right? Just use a couple of the different shape tools at your disposal and then BAM, you got yourself a house and some people. Hell, let’s even get fancy and add some landscape.

Okay, now imagine someone asked you to recreate that same exact picture in Microsoft Excel. And also imagine there are spiders everywhere (I don’t know why there would be spiders everywhere, but I feel like it raises the emotional stakes of the analogy so we’re rolling with it). Where would you even begin? Kill the spiders? Or should I find the average of the house and then use summation for all the people? Oh shit, are these spiders poisonous?! I don’t know, guys. I just don’t know.

That’s what learning this new software feels like. Spiders.

2. (And most importantly) I’m slowly making my way out of the creative black hole I’ve found myself in.

I kind of just lost my creative edge for the better part of this year. I really just flamed out. I indirectly summed up that experience in my last post, so I won’t waste any time dwelling on it over here.

Anyway, some good news is that I think I’ve found the best way for me to create things for Second Lunch. And that is to take a music artist’s approach to content. By that I mean I’m going to batch my work like it’s an EP or an album. I am not currently interested in creating work like it’s a weekly TV series, I honestly have no idea how most of you pull it off on your own sites. Are you wizards? You must be wizards. At least I know now that I’ll most likely never be happy trying to produce content on a strict schedule (and this is coming from someone who is still definitely interested in building a larger readership, just not obsessed about it) and that makes a world of difference in my mindset.

The bad news is that there will undoubtably be long stretches of radio silence here on this site as I continue to work my out of my creative rut and build a new batch of material. Unfortunately, I don’t know how long it will take me to get there. I’m hoping sooner rather than later.

But today was a good day. Today I made something. I made an octopus.

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It’s been awfully quiet around here for the past 10 or so months. I figure we should do some recalibrating here at Second Lunch so that we can all get properly calibrated for optimal content consumption.

Here’s a dinosaur.

Dinosaur

And here’s the same dinosaur in a baby blue polo shirt and slacks.

Dinosaur 2

So fresh, right? Okay, so as much as I’d love to delve into the minutiae of dinosaur fashion, we actually have more important business to attend to.

So it turns out that trying create an animated web-series from scratch (in my free time) is incredibly taxing from a creative–in some ways, physical–standpoint, so I decided to take the summer off after most of the series was written/illustrated/recorded.

But when you add “animation” to the mix, things tend to get tricky. Imagine making a really, really, really detailed flip-book with sounds and effects after a full day of work at your real job. It’s not exactly a cakewalk.

So what was originally intended to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 mini-episodes has been dwindled down to only a few. A few episodes that I am still very proud of. The first one will go live next week and the remaining eps will release over the next month or so.

Anyway, there’s another brand new post going up in the next couple days that should indirectly describe my prolonged absence. I think it might even help some of you as well. It’ll still continue to be slow around here, but this mainly has to do with me moving onto a higher end illustration program. I’m really excited as to what this could mean for Second Lunch and I can’t wait to start sharing new material as well.

Hugs and Lazers,

Tim

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Guys!

GUYYYYYYYYS!

HAY
Man, who would’ve thought getting an animated web-series up and running would be a really time-consuming task?

Oh, wait. I never told you guys that I was developing a web-series? Oops, there goes the cat right out of the bag.

Creating an animated web-series for Second Lunch is something I’ve been thinking about doing for quite some time now as I’m convinced it’s the best and most exciting way for me to convey my sense of humor. And so I’ve spent the last several weeks jumping head first into the development process. Now I see that I absolutely bit off way more than I could chew, mainly because I’ll be drawing and editing the entire thing myself. Luckily, I’ve got a couple friends joining me in the writing and voice acting departments to make this a more collaborative effort. You are free to interpret the former as us getting drunk and pitching an obscene amount of fart jokes per episode.

We recently took a big step forward for the project by recording the audio for the first few episodes, which means I’m already elbow deep into drawing and editing them. So, don’t worry if you think this thing is a delusion of grandeur, I’m absolutely grinding away at the project on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I won’t be releasing the web-series until I’ve finished editing the entire block of episodes we’ve been developing. This is similar to how HBO produces their original programs, write and film the entire season before the first episode even airs. I think this type of approach will be infinitely better than me trying to hit hard deadlines week after week. So, basically, this thing is done when it’s done, most likely by Spring.

 

Anyway, I just wanted to write you guys a little blog post about what I’ve been up to creatively and why it’s been eerily quiet around here the past couple of months. Oh, one more thing. I also won’t be posting any new major illustration material until after releasing the web-series episodes. BUT, I will be posting updates as we go, some behind the scenes stuff, and hopefully a little trailer really soon. I’m super excited to get this project out to you guys.  And as always,  let’s keep ‘keeping it real’ on the Twitz and Book of Faces.

See ya sooner than you think,

Tim

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Sup! There’s a TL;DR version of this post at the bottom. Everyone else, read on!

I like to make goals for Second Lunch. It’s how I stay engaged and interested with blogging. I think of those goals as mountains, ones that I know I can summit. Some of them easily, and some of them laboriously, but always attainable. Most of those goals are specific things I want to do in a new post.

You may remember that I took a hiatus during summer. It’s around that time that I began noticing a mountain way off in the distance that just towers over the rest of them. It’s massive because it’s made up of several different goals. And I’m not quite where I want to be as creator in order to properly go after it. It also appears to be jagged, snow capped, and quite possibly littered with zombies, spiders, and zombie spiders (I haven’t hiked a mountain in a few years, so I assume the games changed).

What I’m trying to say, is that this heavily defended mountain is a project for Second Lunch that I’ve subconsciously been marching towards for the past several months. And when I feel ready, I will be hell bent on attempting to complete it.

please no zombie spiders
I’d love to tell you more about this project, but the embarrassing truth is that I don’t fully understand what it is. And it is a few months away from being possible to start building.

I have a fairly solid concept of what it is I want to accomplish, but I first need to get better at a few different things before I can realistically attempt it. Refining my illustration style was just one of many items on a checklist of those things that I need to improve upon.

There’s also no endgame in mind for this project. It’s a passion project, a labor of love. It’s something I have to do because I am obsessed with making things, as well as pushing the creative boundaries of what a WordPress blog can do.

Um, great, Tim…but if you don’t even know what “it” is or if “it” is even possible, why are you even telling us then?Also, WHY ARE YOU IN YOUR UNDERWEAR?!

No pants, yoThe truth is, I need to take some time to think about this project without the pressure of putting out weekly content. I need the type of thinking that requires long sips of whiskey and the rubbing of my chin. So I need to take a mini-hiatus. That means there will be one more post (published sometime between Xmas and NYE) and then I’ll be back to regular posting on Jan 7th 2013.

It’s not a hiatus similar to the one I took earlier this year. This is more of just a weird schedule shift here at Second Lunch. I’ll still be all up on the Facebook and the Twitter and the reading of blogs and all that jazz. I mean, how jarring was the comparison I showed you guys on Facebook between a drawing I did in high school and my current illustration style?

before and after

Also, It’s the holiday season anyway, I feel like it will be a little bit slower on the internet. So this is probably a good time to take a little bit of a breather before starting the new year.

OK, this is getting rambly. I just want to say that when I’m back from this mini-hiatus it’ll be business as usual. And I won’t mention this hypothetical blog project again until I know for sure that I can attempt it. But I just wanted you guys to know why I need to take a step back and mess up the schedule for a little bit.

Cool? Cool. Let’s hug it out.

hugzzzzzI finished laundry a while ago. I just chose not to wear clothes in our imaginary hug.

TL;DR: There’s a project I want to complete for the blog. I’m taking a mini-hiatus to think about it some more. Back to normal posting on Jan 7th 2013.

Okay, what about you guys? Have you ever had something nagging at you that you just needed to create? A novel? A piece of music? An amazing Minecraft city? I’m interested, so TELL ME!

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Two months ago, I queued up a bunch of written posts and then told you guys I was shutting down the illustration department for a little bit so that I could recharge my creative battery. And even though things got a little quieter around here, I would take the time off again to ensure that I craft things I really like, and hopefully, you’ll really like as well. In a later blog post, I’ll sum up my hiatus experience in a way that may be helpful for any of you guys thinking of doing the same thing, so be on the lookout for that.

But, as of today, I’m fully back at Second Lunch. And I’ve brought a whole bunch of new material with me. I won’t say too much about the new content, but I will say this; what made it easier for me to sit down and create things again for Second Lunch was that I remembered one simple and immutable truth about blogging: This is whatever you want it to be. This has been and always will be one of the mantras I use when creating content, in fact, without that little mission statement, Second Lunch wouldn’t have things like Ikea Unicorns, fictional books, or even Ernesto.

Ok, everyone, it’s great to be back in the blogosphere. Keep on the lookout for new content hitting Second Lunch at my regular posting schedule (Every Monday 10AM EST), unless otherwise noted.

Oh, just one more thing before we get back down to business. I thought Ernesto could use another friend around here, so I rescued a cat from one of those LOL meme sites and brought him over here to Second Lunch…

His name is Momo…

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