Happy New Year + New Projects + Ringing the Changes

Happy New Year everyone. Don’t know about you but I had a FABULOUS Christmas and a great new year (despite that I had to go to bed early because of a cold). I have LOADS planned artwise for the new year.  I finally replaced my old Wacom Intuos. Sadly, cant get the drivers for it to run on my iMac and macbook any more, so had to bite the bullet and get a new one. Had some lengthy conversations with the lovely Ian Field Richards aka Zilla774, my old friend and GUI Director from deviantART, who recommended I get the Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch rather than the Intuos.  So, the new toy is in its box upstairs, and as soon as the little one is back to school, it shall be opened and played with. I got Luke to install CS5 on my mac book, so am not limited to working on my new toy just in the workroom.  Below is a, airbrush piece I did with my old Wacom a few years ago, which I still quite like. I can still use my old Intuos on my Toshiba, so it’s not ready for the junkyard just yet.

Little Demon

Also, here are some lovely things given to me by my loved ones. A new tin robot called Ralph, who is AWESOME, and has joined my burgeoning collection.
Ralph Robot
A lovely new red moleskin from Luke for when I have completed my 2013 Sketchbook Project (new pages completed and scanned pics to come).
Red Moleskin
And, a  new pen for the new Filofax Luke bought me last year. Yes, I still use a Filofax, and have done since 1988, I think this one is about my seventh.

New filofax and filofax pen

I have lots of new projects planned for the new year including lots of illustrative work incorporating digital elements and vector work, more water colour paintings,  plus I will be reopening my own Art Shop at some point as well. I will also be adding a lot of new pieces to my Society6 shop too. So look out for that.

And lastly, in my personal life. Well, I had a lot planned for the last year, but health issues sort of got in the way. A series of unpleasant procedures topped off by having two lumps removed from my left breast in August, thankfully not cancerous. So, the big year I had planned for myself didn’t quite come off. So, THIS year I am letting nothing get in my way. I am getting out and about, hooking up with old friends and new, reading more books, going to more exhibitions, losing weight, getting fit and more. :)

So, happy New Year all, what are your plans?