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Journal Entry #31

 

Proof that I'm really working on a children's book. This is the unfinished book dummy and the thumbnail pages… the script is buried under the thumbnails.

Proof that I’m really working on a children’s book. This is the unfinished book dummy and the thumbnail pages… the script is buried under the thumbnails.

Hey everybody! Yes, I’m still alive. I must apologize for the lack of comics this week. I could give you excuses as to why this was a comic-less week but I’ll just re-assure you that next week I’ll be back on track with “Habitat.”

The good news is that I’m almost done with the dummy version of my children’s book. I’m sure dummy books shouldn’t take as long as I’m taking to do one but I’m feeling pretty good about it. The drawing is REALLY rough but I’m liking how it’s turning out. Some of the pages have changed since the thumbnail version of them. I changed the look of the “zoo page” because I was having trouble finding a way of having the page make visual sense. Once all the pages are drawn I’ll paste in the text. From there, I’ll make small changes on the script. After the dummy is done I’ll move on to the making the finished art for each page.

One more bit of news… I was finally able to pay off all of my student loans! So long student loan interest. I’ll finally be able to save some money now. Needless to say, it is a complete weight off my shoulders.

OK, that’s all for now. Thanks for reading! Stop by again on Monday for a new comic! Til then, keep your eyes, ears and minds open.

 

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Journal Entry #30

guitar redneckHello friends. It’s time for a another blog-o-entry! I’ll try to keep this one short. I’m still working on the children’s book. I’ve finished the thumbnails and did a little re-arranging of the scenes. A few of the scenes seemed out of place where they were so I switched them around. The thumbnail stage is the perfect time to do this since you haven’t spent so much time drawing and and coloring a a whole massive page. I’m now working on the book dummy, which for those who don’t know, is a loosely drawn version of the actual book. I’m using the dummy as a way to see if the story still flows well. I’m not stay strictly to my thumbnail drawings of the pages either. I’m trying to make each page more dynamic than what I might of done on the thumbnail. I only have four pages of the dummy drawn but I’m still feeling good about it. I’m going to leave the harder pages for last. I don’t want to give too much away but there is a traffic scene and factory scene I’m not looking forward to draw. I don’t know If I mentioned it in previous blogs but I’ve decided to illustrate the book with a french grey colored pencil and water color. I like the look of the pencil over the the harsher black ink.

I’ve been researching other children’s book authors as well. I recently read “Show Me A Story” that has interviews with around 20 children’s book authors including Maurice Sendak. Yesterday I borrowed a book from the library on Sendak and only now am I appreciating his work. I’ve also been visiting the  children’s section of the library which makes me feel a little weird but there are books that I hear about and want to check out in person. Other children’s book authors that I’ve become interested in are Satoshi Kitamura, Oliver Jeffers, Peter Sis, Lisbeth Zwerger, William Steig and Mo Willems.

I’ve been reading things and it seems the only way to get published by a real publisher is if you have an agent. And agents won’t take you on unless you have something great to show. There is one agency I’ve been  looking at that illustrators need to have an online portfolio. So the little drawing above is going to be part of my online portfolio. I have other stuff that can go online but I want to have an impressive selection of art to look at before I create anything permanent.

OK, that’s all for now folks! Thanks for reading! New comic tomorrow, Monday! PEACE!

 

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Journal Entry #29

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Just some doodles.

Hello guys! Back for another blog post. Lately I’ve been doing the comic kinda at the last minute. For instance, the last comic about the pen knife I came up with as I was waking up that morning. So if it seems stupid or isn’t funny to you it’s probably because I made it up on the fly. I know I shouldn’t be admitting this but I thought you should know. That’s what these journal entries are all about… admitting my faults. ha-ha

I’m still working on the children’s book. I have a script typed up and thumbnail sketches of each page spread done. My next step is to experiment with media and see what I want to use and what style is appropriate for the book. I’m thinking I’ll probably use ink and watercolor. The experimenting stage is where I really run out of steam on projects and they never get finished so I really need to push through and just get it done. I really want this book to exist so I’m going to make sure that happens.

Well, thats all the blabbing for now. Thanks for reading!

 

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Journal Entry #28

From the sketchbook.

From the sketchbook.

Hey folks, back to just typing out these blog entries. I might post occasional videos still but I think this is probably the fastest and easiest way to get my point across.

So March is soon approaching and the days are getting longer. I am so ready for Spring. I get my exercise shoveling snow but it is also such a drag. Since the sun comes up earlier now, it is slightly easier to get my ass out of bed and try and be creative at 5 am. I’m going to start treating my morning 5am-7am hours almost as business hours for my creative self. On weekends I’ll set aside 5:30am-9:00am to get creative work done. I’ve struggled with keeping a set time to work on projects but I’m going to stick to this schedule to get sh!t done.

This past week I made it a goal to draw in my sketchbook every day for at least 10 minutes which I pretty much stuck to. I’m sure some days I didn’t draw a full 10 minutes but the point was just to draw SOMETHING. I’m going to try to keep that up because the more I do it the more comfortable I get with actually putting my mark on the paper.

I have an idea for a children’s book brewing in my head and I really would like to get that started (and perhaps finished) this year. I don’t want to get into the story now but I have an idea that I think is great… so great that I hope it hasn’t been done before. In future posts I’ll get into the book more.

I’m trying to pare down my goals for this year. I for sure want to keep creating Habitat comics every Monday and Friday. The process of making them is going much faster, I just need to bring the quality of drawing up more. Another goal is to be well on my way to finishing a children’s book. If I stick to a schedule I should be able to work on it almost everyday. I also wanted to set up a promotional portfolio website for myself but that might have to be put on the back burner. Right now, I don’t have many illustrations I would want on the site so hopefully as I work on the book I will start creating more illustrations that I think are worthy of the website.

So that’s my life for now. Thanks for reading it. Peace.

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Video blog #1 Reboot

OK, turns out it takes a REALLY long time (about 2 hours) to upload a 10 minute video to youtube so I’m not saving much time but I still think i like posting video blogs anyway. There is something voyeuristic about personal video blogs that I like so I’ll try to keep posting them every Saturday. Thanks for tuning in!

 

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Journal Entry #27

Little drawing from the sketchbook.

Little drawing from the sketchbook.

Hello everyone. I hope you are all well. It’s almost the end of January and I’m proud that I’m sticking to my twice a week goal for the comic. Unfortunately, I haven’t been getting up as early as I should and that’s been screwing with my comic schedule. Don’t worry though, I have one coming up Monday!

On top of the comic I have made it a goal to work on illustrations for my online portfolio. I have stuff I did in school but I think I can do better than that now. I have a goal to do a total of 20 illustrations, 10 traditional, 10 digital. I’m debating on showing some of my better sketchbook entries too. Right now, I’m just in the idea stage of my website. I’m still trying to see it in my head and trying to figure out what I really want it to be.

Along with the illustrations I would like to create a children’s book this year. This is something I’ve always wanted to do but never got up the nerve to buckle down and actually do it. I would like to try to do it digitally but it will look a lot different than “Habitat.”

I know, I have a lot on my plate but I’m up for the challenge. My top priority is getting a website up to publicize myself and show my design / illustration portfolio. I feel the website is my first step to being able to freelance more and trying to make a living from my art.

Thanks for reading this little post and I hope you keep tuned in. Thanks! See you Monday!

 

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Sunday Soundtrack: “My Back Pages” by The Byrds

Like most people, I have more than one interest. Other than comics, music is another big part of my life. Every Sunday I’m going to post a new song that is on my iPod and that I think is a great song… kinda like a desert island jukebox of sorts. This week’s track is “My Back Pages” sung by the Byrds. It was originally written by Bob Dylan but like the Byrds’ version better… and I’m a big Dylan fan.

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Journal Entry #26

About a 2 hour sketch from my sketchbook.

About a 2 hour sketch from my sketchbook..

Hey everyone! Hope you are all doing great this year. So far this year has been pretty good. I have been trying to stay productive. Part of my productivity includes working more in my sketchbooks. I have plenty of empty or half filled books laying around that are just begging to be filled. So I told myself that I’m not buying another sketchbook until all of the ones i have are filled. I’ve been working on the human form a lot because I have trouble drawing it and I’m never satisfied with the way I draw it. I’m trying to make my drawings a little less stiff and more life-like, especially with body movement. I want this to be the year that I really get involved in drawing and hopefully I can track my progress.  I’ve been watching a lot of youtube videos of people showing off their sketchbooks and that has inspired me… and discourages me sometimes. I see all these art school animators showing their sketchbooks and there doesn’t seem to be a stinker in the bunch… even when they point one out that they don’t like.

So yeah, not much else to say. I hope you’re all liking the comic. I really need to get more used to the graphic tablet though. I like drawing toward myself and it’s hard to get used to a stationary tablet that doesn’t have much movement. That is probably the biggest challenge, I think I’m pretty used to not seeing my hand drawing it’s just not being able to turn the virtual paper that is weird to me. If there is anyone that has advice please let me know. Thanks for reading and I hope you come back for the new comic on Monday!