In reverse order, the "personal stuff" is mainly long e-mails that I owe to people, as well as social gatherings and, um, issues. The pet portrait stuff involves an exciting deal with a boutique in a nearby town, donating a pet portrait to a silent auction, and a pet portrait for a friend. As for fantasy art, I'm still putting the "finishing touches" on last year's Illustration Master Class painting while I'm gearing up for another Illustration Master Class workshop, which requires a lot of preparation if you want to arrive with an excellent idea supported by excellent photo reference and sketches.
Naturally I am striving for excellence, so I am pushing myself hard, looking to tackle a composition that involves a lighting scheme I've never done before, 3 human figures, and a dragon. A DRAGON. I've never been a person to even doodle dragons for fun, but hey, when the concept of Smaug was brought up I just couldn't pass it up. I feel pretty confident in my sketch--which I can only hope isn't a mistake--but I have a lot to do with regards to shooting good photography to back it up. I'm also planning to make a maquette of a town and the dragon itself. Yikes!
I took my friend Nisma's advice and made myself a complete to-do list divided by categories. I added my own flourish of using a different colored pen for each category. That made me feel somewhat better but I quailed at the thought of actually DOING these things. Then, I did. I started with the easiest first, but then I went on to the "hardest" (most dreaded) second. I am feeling better now that I'm tackling it. Onward!