It’s always the same…
Right after I complete a gargantuan project, which keep me busy for weeks and sometimes even months, I feel spent and empty. But not very long. Quite early that feeling begins to shift into something else. Then I often times sit and skim through all my unfinished custom covers series and get all giddy and enthusiastic. Like a starving predator I roam my sprawling list of ongoing projects and look for that one single collection that is most likely fit for an early release.
I guess I just love publishing stuff on this blog right here. It’s a combination of many things, like being finally able to see that giant banner (on which I often times work for many hours) show up on the front page. Or my personal closing ritual in which I choose my personal favourite cover and add it to the soundtrack index (it reminds me of the old HQCovers, which basically was just an index). It’s those little things that feel like a reward for the preceding work.
Terry McCutchen, a dear cover-making fellow of mine, recently came up with a very well-drafted explanation which stuck in my head evers since:
Artists absolutely CREATE for themselves; however, they PUBLISH for an audience.
I didn’t think about that in the past too often, but I guess I equally enjoy publishing covers as I actually enjoy making them. It’s like a drug. I’m addicted to that warm and fuzzy feeling of closure and satisfaction, when I have another entry in the bank. And when I’m finally able to strike another name off of my list.
This 28 Days/Weeks Later custom covers duet was the perfect opportunity to satisfy those hidden desires of mine.
It was a rather small entry on my towering to-do list and I was able to finish it up quite fast, as most of these covers were just updated versions of older design drafts. I’ve started some of these covers several years ago, but never came around to finish them, because I tend to get distracted by new exciting ideas quite easily.