The fairy village is coming along.
It's set up in our front yard, between the house and a low wall where nothing but weeds naturally grow. I suppose only a right-brained person would look at such a space and think, "Gee, I can't seem to get any grass to grow here, why not set up a bunch of miniature houses instead?" You can't even see the village except from the little screened-in walk from the wall to the front door...it's completely hidden from the road. (I would think, if I was a fairy, that I'd prefer it that way). It doesn't serve any particular purpose except as a fun project for my son and I, and as a distraction from other things. ("Eh, don't feel like writing or drawing and I've finished the latest Brandon Sanderson tome, guess I'll paint a house.")
I am still working on the Nightwish project; however, I'm no longer holding myself to the schedule I was trying to keep. If the band keeps to their current plans, they're going to be on tour by the fall of 2015...which is about six months or more sooner than I was estimating. There was never any way in hell I could finish the project by then, even before our move put me behind. I'm not particularly upset; slowing down gives me time for other projects, and lets me do some things with this project that I wouldn't have had time for. Plus I am in dire need of some new NW tunes, so hey, the sooner the better!
One thing I've decided to do is split up the epic songs (The Poet and the Pendulum, Ghost Love Score, etc) by the subdivisions within the song, and do an image for each section. So Poet, for example, would be a series of five drawings instead of my original planned two. Because black and white markering is happiness
One awesome thing that happened this summer was that my art got featured in the NW fan art exhibit in Finland! Wish I could have flown over there to see it...but hey, if this becomes a thing, maybe one day I'll be in a position to do just that.
Anywho, that's where I'm at, art-wise.