As September casually rolls around, there is a breath of crispness in the air. Even in the hot, humid area where I live, the nights have a touch of coolness. Autumn is definitely coming, and with it, several events that inspire both excitement and nervousness. Chugging along with my everyday work as I am, there is also a sense that this is the final calm before the craziness that will be Autumn 2017.
I am speaking, of course, of the no less than the three-plus events I have looked forward to all year: Sketchtember (this very month!), Inktober (which will also be my Plotober), and NaNoWriMo in November. Three events – plus prep for the third, which in itself may be its own event – and three months of intense creative effort. Am I crazy to try to tackle all this? Maybe so. Especially since I’m also juggling making the buffer for Upcoming Webcomic. We will just have to see. . . .
Sketchtember is by far the most low-key event. Every day for a month, artists sketch something every day and share their sketches with the hashtag #sketchtember. For me, September is a month to return to the foundations of drawing and reinforce the habit of daily warmup sketches. Though September is half over, and I’ve only just begun – oops! May the rest of the month fare better. (If you are interested in following along, head on over to my Twitter. . . . )
Just wanted to let you all know that I’ll be on a blogging break for the next 2-3 weeks as I will have limited access to a computer. I’ve scheduled a few posts to show you some of the work-in-progress paintings I’ve been working on in my free time, but I won’t be around to respond to comments – sorry! 😦 But I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.
And, so this post isn’t just depressing news, how about a random question? For all you artists, writers, and crafters out there, this one’s for you: What’s your favorite technique to use, and what new technique are you excited to try out? Let me know in the comments! I’m looking forward to seeing your responses when I get back! ^^
Lately I’ve been using the suffix “-ish” to modify an adjective quite often. It’s one of those things that quietly took over my vocabulary; I’m pretty certain that a few years back, I may have used it a couple of times a year, if at all, while these days I drop it several times a day. When I said the word “earlyish” today, it started me thinking: Why am I so obsessed with this suffix?
At first, I was certain that it wasn’t a proper suffix like “-ing,” but rather a slang term that just appeared among modern use and took off like the appearance of “friend” as a verb after the arrival of Facebook. However, a quick search at Dictionary.com proved me wrong:
2. a suffix used to form adjectives from other adjectives, with the sense of “somewhat,” “rather” ( oldish; reddish; sweetish).
Apparently, it’s derived from the Old and Middle English (originally spelled “-isc”), and has similar synonyms in German and Greek. So it’s not only a proper suffix, it’s ancient! (Also, I forgot that “-ish” is used to denote where someone is from, for example, Scottish. Embarrassing.)
So there was my mini-vocab lesson of the day! I’m sure that “-ish” will continue to be my favorite suffix for a longish time to come. 😉