When I started this drawing I thought I’d be continuing with FC. At that time I had no intention of deserting things. Before the drawing was finished I realised things were going to have to change. Just about everything I was doing, in fact. If you look at the lower part of the picture you can see that it’s not finished.
The problem was no matter what else I was doing – speaking about FC now - it left me knowing I’d abandoned an unfinished project and (much worse) left people, friends, in the lurch. It was a very uncomfortable feeling.
Finally an answer’s presented itself. Craig has volunteered to keep an eye on the Filthy Workshop if or when it takes off again. I can’t think of anyone better for the job. I prefer drawing, desk top publishing, occasionally writing reviews - ‘working in the attic,’ as Craig puts it. I’m not happy trying to run things; it’s not something I do well. And thinking about it, the strength of the early FC’s came from working with someone else. Steve Goodwin contributed so much.
Only time will tell whether the workshop will take off again. Whether it’ll take a different shape, I don’t know. I’ve just been Googling other online workshops, and this one seems different. It was always intrinsically connected with the magazine, and always an offshoot of Vault. My thanks to Craig and the people who kept posting at the workshop after I disappeared.
Last night and today I started and finished a new drawing, intended for a New Year post at the Vault. One of the fastest drawings I've ever done. Hardly any of this stuff gets planned in advance - especially the new pic!