I’m Back For A Brand New Adventure

This site has been a ghost land for a couple of weeks since I haven’t posted anything. I took a little break after finishing the script of my graphic novel. Sara and I took a well-deserved tiny vacation to Sister Bay in Door County Wisconsin. It was very beautiful, (what seemed to be) very liberal, and we now want to live there.  For now, we’ll have to settle for Kenosha though… at least until this book makes me a millionaire. LOL

So after several weeks of slacking, I’m back on the graphic novel project. I’m shooting to be done with the rough layout stage by the end of this year, so I can move on to the drawing and inking of the pages. Earlier in the process I started a very rough layout stage for the first couple of pages which basically where just boxes with descriptions of the scenes in them. Now I’m proceeding to put photos in and make it more fleshed out. I’m not going to be putting photos on every page but instead very rough sketches or descriptions of the scene in each panel. Here is where I’m at right now. As you can see I’m not far but I’m hoping this will work out for me.

All of this was done in Adobe InDesign. With the help of Sara I was able to take a lot of photos of Kenosha… a lot where done right inside the car… a drive-by photo-shoot. Some of the photos where slightly fuzzy which doesn’t matter since they’ll be used more as reference for drawing. So this is where I’m at in the project so far.

One more piece of news is that I finally broke down and bought an iphone with a data plan several weeks ago. I want to use it more as a useful tool than a toy but it’s often just a distraction at this point. LOL I’m hoping to get more social online now that it is easier to tweet photos and update Facebook and blog posts. So Hopefully I’ll be posting more often… whether it’s interesting or not! LOL

Thanks for dropping by. Peace!

The Beginning of the Writing Process

Hello everyone! It is now June and I have moved on to the next phase or step in the process of making this graphic novel. As you can see I have decided on the look of myself in the book and that was a major accomplishment for myself. I will still have to design the other characters in the book. I will save that for later when I’m ready to draw out the book. I just wanted to get a good feel for what my character design will look like now because that will be a good jumping off point for the look of the rest of the book.

As for the next phase of the book making process, I have given myself till September to accomplish my next goals. This step will be mostly writing a script. I have never really written anything more than 5 pages in my life so it’s a little scary.

I bought “Mastering Comics” this past week because I’m hoping it will give me some good information about writing a script and the steps to take in the writing process. I enjoyed the first book, “Drawing Words & Writing Pictures.” Right now I’m in the story pitch stage when I have to sum up my story in a paragraph or so. At this point I don’t know how helpful this book will be but I’m hoping it will point me in the right direction.

The writing process will have several stages to it. As I said before, I will give myself till Sept. to write just a purely words script (mostly done on the computer). I will then do a rough page layout with just words inside the panels  to see what the page will look like and how many pages the story will need. From there I plan on adding or subtracting from the story or moving scenes around. Then I plan on penciling in story in earnest. After the whole book is penciled in I will of course start to ink it. After about a third of the book is inked, I will start sending out what I have to publishers to see if they are interested. So that it my plan of attack so far.

I have bad news that affects this project. A couple of days ago I discovered my scanner (a HP Photosmart Premium all-in-one) now likes to put a thick striped line down the center of the scanned image. So instead of using a big chunk of my budgeted money for a new scanner, I have decided to use the scanner at my work until I figure out what I’m going to do. I like feeling like I’m using the system for my own good but I also really just like the convenience of using my own scanner at home.

So from now until September I will be writing the book which I will not go into too much detail here. I don’t want to give away too much story. I will give updates on how the writing process is going and maybe little discoveries I’ve made along the way. I will continue to do the one page comics that you see above just to practice drawing. They may not always be about me or the book though. I was think of maybe doing illustrated “top ten lists” and posting those on this blog and maybe sprinkling them throughout the book as well.

I will also begin to collect photo references during this next phase. I especially need to start taking pictures of the local area. This I will do while writing the script.

That is where I am at in a nutshell. I didn’t plan to write so much but I guess I had more to say than I thought. Stop in again to see what I’m up to. Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

When You’re 33.

It is the week of my birthday and I can feel death’s hands draw inevitably closer. ha-ha Of course I’m kidding. I’ve actually heard that 33 is one of the happiest ages to be. I’m not sure why that is or how that was found out but, I would hope it to be true. I would like 33 to be a turning point at least in my artistic career. No more screwin’ around, I either start AND FINISH some huge artistic venture or I don’t do it at all.

As far as the book goes, I’ve started messing around with some character design, which is namely me since it is partly autobiographical. I think I’ve pinned down Sharpie marker as my media for this project as well. It will give me a more varied line width. So I am slowly on my way to getting this ball rolling.

Not much else to report. I’ll be back next week to let you all know how my b-day went. Till then… “Keep looking up!”

This is a sharpie drawing I did of one of our co-workers. That has become his catch-phrase... I'm not too sure he knows it though.

Beginnings

In previous posts I really didn’t get into much of how or why I’m doing an autobiographical graphic novel. I’ll cover those subjects now.

I had been thinking of illustrating a children’s book for a long time. As a matter of fact I have a whole other idea set aside for a children’s book that I might try to tackle after I finish  at least one book. I switched to the autobiographical idea because it would be a nice introduction of myself as a “professional artist.” It’s not that I have a big ego and consider myself an important artist, I just want to start my professional art career with a book that shows the human experience from my perspective. I think it is good for every human to face themselves at some point and what better (and challenging) way to do so than the autobiographic graphic novel?

I am also 33 years old this year and I felt it was time to to do something that I can really be proud of and call my own. I am going to try to get this book published by a publishing house so I know this has to be good to get my foot in the door. I see this book as a major stepping-stone to a more artistically fulfilling career. At age 33 , its either now or never.

How am I going to complete this book within a years time? That is a good question. LOL I hope I can get it published professionally (or by myself) by sometime next year. I have been doing planning and rough timelines to see how long each step will take and I’m hoping that I will stay focused enough to stick to the schedule.

What you see in this picture is all I am using to create this book. (plus the scanner which is not shown)

I have always been fond of the DIY ethic in the world of comics. This project is going to be very simplistic in terms of how I’m creating the thing. I set myself a $200 budget so everything will be done with cheap, basic supplies. To cut costs I am using art supplies that I already own. I’ll be using just a basic Uniball rollerball pen and a cheap sketchbook to create the book. I think the sketchbook idea is good because then I’m not locked to my drawing table and it fits in my scanner. Since this my first book I want it to be very simple in terms of materials used and the design of the book. I want to show that something beautiful can still be created using very simple and cheap materials and techniques.

I will be using: a cheap Mead academic sketchbook, a Uniball "Eco" rollerball pen, a Sharpie marker, a Pentel mechanical pencil and eraser.

In a way I see this book as a certain evolution of myself. This book is just the beginning. After mastering a simple pen I will move on to other more expensive art materials. After I finish an autobiography I want to move on to a more imaginative story. I see this as a learning experience.

Good Intentions

This blog will be a way of getting my name and art out to the public as cheaply as possible. I’m hoping people will come here for inspiration or just to see what I’ve been up to. I will be  starting the process of making an autobiographical graphic novel this May. I will chart my progress on this blog. Hopefully many will want to follow me on this journey. More information about this project is soon to come!