Tim, Baba, and Nate talk all things foodie, from “artisanal” all the way to, um, whatever other terms foodies’ use. So sit back, relax, and cleanse your commute pallet with some Second Lunch.
I promised I’d post a few updates during the development of the web-series project, so here’s a little bit of info and some behind the scenes goodness I thought would be interesting to share.
For those of you that follow Second Lunch on Facebook, you know that I recently finished the pilot episode when I teased this doozy of a screenshot to you guys.
Here’s the thing. I really liked how the pilot turned out–animation is hard, yo! My friends helping me with the web-series really liked the pilot as well. But there was something about it that just seemed off to me. It still felt like a rough draft–like there was a better version somewhere in there waiting to be found.
Here’s a larger version of another frame in the pilot:
I looked at that image and I thought to myself Tim, you can do better than this. DO BETTER. So I scraped the drawings from the pilot and I went back to the drawing board (literally!) to raise the bar.
And here’s what that same frame above looks like now:
That feels so much better. Right?
Anyway, I just wanted to actually show you guys what the web-series will look like visually, but for now, it’s time for me to hunker back down, write/revise episodes, and as usual: DRAW!
Hopefully more stuff soon,
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.
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?!
The 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?
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.
I 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!
I started Second Lunch at the very beginning of 2012 because I wanted to make some noise on the internetz and I realized that drawing and writing things would be way more fun than applying to grad schools.
But by the end of February, my pageviews were clearly displaying a downward trend, even though I had significantly increased the hours I was putting into creating content. I was kind of kicking myself, because I had made the decision to purchase a domain (along with a premium theme) and to blog for an entire year, regardless of what my readership or pageview count looked like. And even though all signs indicated that Second Lunch would be another failed attempt at trying to build something, I took a moment and thought to myself, Tim, this really is the BEST hobby, you don’t even need pants for it AND you can drink at the same time, so keep going. And so I activated tunnel vision mode and went on making content…
Yesterday, Second Lunch eclipsed 100,000 pageviews and will somehow end the year by having successfully tricked the Freshly Pressed editors on 3 separate occasions. It’s something I can’t fully wrap my head around–partially due to my heads inability to literally wrap around things–but I am fully capable of seeing just how much the WordPress community has helped me in achieving those milestones. It would be a mistake to rest on those personal achievements and attempt to recreate this past years success by playing it safe and rehashing the same things over and over. I need to be challenging myself to get better at this whole blogging thing.
So let’s look ahead.
How I hope 2013 will play out:
-More illustrated personal stories
-A 9% increase in fart jokes (Gotta get that younger demographic)
-Experimenting, by incorporating my style into different mediums <– What I’m most excited about.
-Finding a way to be more insightful and helpful to bloggers (especially new ones) without turning into a blog about blogging.
-Moar Shorts and other one-off comics
-Less blog updates counting as my weekly posts (…hopefully)
-Doing more collaborations / other work away from my own blog:
- If you have an idea for something, please email the living daylights out of me > RIGHT HERE! This little illustration contest I did with another favorite blogger all started from a simple email exchange.
-Being a better blogger:
- It takes me a long time to search the internet for all of these illustrations and then steal them for my blog. But I’m getting much better at stealing, so I’d like to get a lot better at spending time on some non-content stuff, like networking and communicating with you guys. And I’d really like to get better at doing all of that through Twitter, Facebook, or you own blogs.
But in all honesty, I have no idea where Second Lunch goes. For the foreseeable future, I will keep making things, regardless of whether Second Lunch has another 1,000 pageviews or 100,000 in it. Because the only thing I ever wanted out of this blog was the satisfaction of making things people enjoyed and could connect with, even if just for a few minutes. I got all of that and so much more.
Thank you for finding me,
Okay, enough about me. What are you serving up in 2013? TELL ME.
I don’t care that it’s Saturday. This is a special weekend post for those of you that read the blog portion of Second Lunch. It’s also a sneak peak of sorts.
Over the past few months I’ve been honing in on a more detailed illustration style that more closely resembles how I doodle things in my actual sketchbook. I wasn’t going to waste a post writing about it, because oh my god that would be boring.
BUT, I was going through some old files of when I started illustrating stuff last year and it’s surprising to see how my style has evolved over that time period when I’m basically just drawing glorified stick-figures.
Here’s a look at my updated illustration style.
What do you guys think?
I like it. To me it just feels right and more personable. It isn’t fully realized yet, so I’ll keep tinkering with it. But this is essentially the look I’m going for.
Don’t be worried though if you’re thinking I’m abandoning my current style. I’m just incorporating this new style into select posts going forward and I wanted those of you that read the blog to be the first to see and hear about it.
But the real reason I’m writing this post is to talk about growth. With me being more focused on the visuals as a blogger, it becomes a lot easier to see growth over time.
I wasn’t aware of how much Second Lunch had evolved over the past year until I looked back at that earlier stuff. I think that’s pretty nifty. It’s also reassuring to know that I’m growing with my illustrating; hopefully for the better.
That’s why I blog. I want to take little stories or ideas and create things as a way to communicate with you, the reader. And I want to see that I’m always challenging myself and growing as a blogger. I don’t know where this all leads, I’ve never blogged this long before. But the desire to start something and finish it far out weighs all of the hours I put into my blog, so I keep going.
Now, what about you guys? How has your blog or you as a blogger evolved since when you started? What keeps you going?