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Happy New Year!

It’s been 5 months since I last posted. Wow!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I have a lot going on, but things are still moving along. Had to put my new book Indian Boy on the back burner for a bit. But, during some of my downtime, I started writing on book #2.

We moved into a new house a couple months ago and things have gotten mixed up or I just don’t have enough room now for all of the things I need. So, I’m trying to make do with what room I have, which is very little.

What’s left? Well, I have to finish editing book #1 and begin the art for it. Once all of that’s finished, I can publish it! Yay! Then it’s on to book #2. I don’t know how many Indian Boy books there will be yet, but I’m hoping to get at least two right now. I might continue the story in the future. There are a lot of projects that I’m hoping to get started on, and some I’m hoping to finish. Many projects require money that I just don’t have so it will take time to get those projects rolling. So any donation, no matter how small, will help and is very much appreciated. You can find the donation button on the home page.

2018 is the year! Get book 1 and 2 of Indian Boy published and begin new projects.

Easy.

Right…?

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Learning To Drive A Stick Shift

 

I keep telling myself, “get up and KICK it into gear, buddy!” The only problem is that I don’t know how to drive a stick.

So, at this moment, my life is in automatic and it’s puttering along and I might even have a flat. I guess I’m trying to say that there are some tune ups that need to be done on my life and I need get things fixed in my mind to be able to focus on my work. I have a full-time job and little boy that needs my attention. Well, he doesn’t NEED my attention, I just give it to him because sometimes a Ninja Turtle comes out of nowhere and punches me in the belly and it almost makes me pee myself, and sometimes I need to transform into Shredder and chase him around the house.

That’s me. I give my son as much attention as I can, and now I’m trying to do the same with my artwork. There’s something inside of me that won’t let me quit, even though I tell myself that it’s just too much to do. I love art and I love being Shawnee and I want to combine those two aspects about myself to create something amazing for Indigenous children and adults to be able to look at and say, “Hey, he looks like me,” or, “Hey, I’m Shawnee, too!” and I want them to be proud that there are Shawnee characters, or just Indigenous characters, for them to relate to. Indigenous children need to be able to see themselves in their favorite genres,

There are a lot of native artists coming up that are making indigenous movies, comic books, novels, etc., and I want to be apart of that revolution. I want to be able to say I did something for my people. I put us in books, comic books, movies, novels, and not in a broken English native role, but in the lead role. My characters went to space and time traveled to a distant planet full of strange aliens who wanted to eat them, so they fought them, but they also made friends with some of them. The best part is the protagonist is Shawnee!

Whoa! What! An indigenous sci-fi story?

Thought that story hasn’t been made yet, it’s a story that indigenous youngsters can get into. Just because they’re native, doesn’t mean they need to read stories about feathers and powwows all the time. They want stories that they love to read that just happen to have a character who is Shawnee and they can be proud of it.

It’s time for me to stop driving in automatic and learn to drive a stick shift. That’s the only way that I’m going take control of how fast I move toward my goals.

I’m just a one man crew…but it’s time to get up and kick it into gear!

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Website Stuffs

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Hiteto! Hello!

I’ve been using WordPress for a while now, but only recently started really using it for my website. I think I have everything switched over to link here but I’m sure I missed something somewhere. Until I can save the money for an actual website, this will have to be my home for now, which isn’t bad. Going to be doing to website shopping for a while until I find something I like. Currently looking at Squarespace, which looks really nice and I already have a domain I bought from them by accident. Oops.

But, other than that, it all seems to be coming together pretty nicely. Now I just need to start busting some art out. Got some stories for some children’s books as well as a novel brewing. Going to start back up with some painting when I can get some canvases and some paint. Got designs made for some beadwork which I just decided today to start working on and selling. My problem is prioritizing and working on one thing at a time. Too many things running through my head that it starts to overwhelm me sometimes. But, no worries. I’m not giving up. There is a future out there waiting for me and I want to take my wife and son to see it. It’s going to take a lot of work, but one day that future will be my present.

Neyiwa! Thank You!

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Punk Native Sketchbook!

As someone who is constantly buying sketchbooks, I figured it would be pretty cool to have a custom made sketchbook of my own. It is for sale ONLY on lulu.com for $11.99. It is 150 pages with a spiral coil binding for easy use. As I’m writing this, mine is in the mail and on its way! I hope it turns out pretty good and I can keep coming back and ordering me one when I need a replacement.

Check it out HERE!

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Good Days Come and Go…

Good days come and go…but I alway seem to return to when I feel like my art just isn’t good enough to do what I want to do with it. I’m very happy to be where I am and with what I have accomplished so far, but I wish I was a little further along. I feel I lack the skills needed to accomplish what I need to do in my art to push myself forward. I lack the finances needed for school, so I’m diving head-first into YouTube and other sites for my education. I’ve learned a lot, but it’s not the same as a classroom setting, tools in hand and someone personally showing me what I’m doing.

I’ve given up I don’t know how many times. I throw my pencil or brush down in frustration and tell myself that I’ve reached my end. I want to pack up all of my art supplies; my pencils, pens, brushes, canvases, paint…and just chuck them in the dumpster. But I can’t. No matter how much I want to quit, I can’t bring myself to rid myself of creating art. No matter how bad I think it is, those good days still come along once in a while to pull me back in.