June 2018 was an interesting month for me. At the start of the month I was still in an “out of it” phase and struggling to avoid another depressive phase. Then I managed to get back into what makes me truly happy and alive, my art. I finished my first new artwork in over four months on June 05. It was a huge struggle and I worked off and on for several days on it. The completed artwork reflected my darkening mood and I it is entitled Hold Me.

Hold Me
Hold Me

I was still struggling but I continued to attempt to work through it and days later on June 14 I was able to create another emotional artwork that reflected my mood. It is titled Can’t Fight It Anymore. Although the artwork is about being so beaten down by the monster that she is no longer able to continue to fight, I did continue to fight the monster that is depression which I could still feel creeping towards me. I got help from my doctors and therapist while continuing to fight through on my own through my art.

Lust for Power
Lust for Power

I finished a simple portrait of a character I had created some time ago, Portrait of Nicola, on June 20 and finally I had hit my stride. Just a few days later I completed Lust for Power, an artwork with a historical, Egyptian theme. That one became one of my most “liked” artworks on Facebook! I was so inspired by the positive reactions to my work that I returned to my work with renewed passion. I soon after finished two more artworks; a film noir artwork called Here’s Looking At You and another emotional artwork that I had started on months before but only now finished titled Stranded Alone on June 25.

That makes six artworks for the month of June! I think that is a new record for me either of all-time or at least for the last few years. (I’m not sure because 2009 and 2012 were very active years and I might have met or surpassed that record during one of those years. I just don’t know.) It was almost seven artworks but the one I started on in the last few days of June was still in the works by month’s end and became my first artwork of July.

If you would like to support my ability to continue to create artworks like these, in addition to buying prints from Dream 9 Studios you could also become my patron at Patreon. The patron tiers at my Patreon start at just $2.50! Starting at the base tier you’ll get to see work in progress renders, views into my postwork process, tips and tricks, maybe some tutorials, and much more. The higher tiers include all this plus free prints (size depends on tier level). If you have suggestions on more benefits that I could add to my Patreon, please let me know.

Left Trapped
Left Trapped

I’m right now working on more new artworks. I finished two so far this month; Left Trapped and Siren of the Sea. I’m now working on a third that is tentatively titled End of the Line and I hope to have it completed in another day or two. I won’t be running out of ideas anytime soon. I have a large binder filled with ideas that I’ve sketched out for new and redux artworks. I call it my “Notebook of Ideas”. There are ideas in there dating back to 2014 that I haven’t even started on yet!! I add to my notebook whenever an idea strikes me so it’s ever growing; it’s probably growing at a faster rate than my portfolio of artworks! I think once I finish the artwork that’s currently busy rendering, I’ll work on something with a Steampunk theme.

I Don't Believe in Ghosts
I Don’t Believe in Ghosts

Before I go, I have one more exciting news tidbit. I was commissioned to create a film poster for the indie horror flick, I Don’t Believe in Ghosts, which will be filmed here in Southern Illinois and my cousin Elise Prusaczyk is the Assistant Director! I’m so excited about this. My poster is a hit with the cast and crew plus, once they start filming, I’ve been invited to the set and I will be credited for my poster in the movie’s credits. (Don’t worry, I’m getting paid for it too so it’s not just an “exposure” thing.) Words cannot express how cool this is!

So much going on but that’s all for now. Thanks for viewing and I’ll be back with more great news soon, I hope. Take care out there!