Journal #44

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Hey everybody! It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything one this site. I have taken a break from the Habitat webcomic. I am trying to get an illustration career started. I just finished illustrating someone elses book this past April. That was the first time I had ever finished an illustration job that big and got paid for it! I am still on Fiverr and still get jobs now and then but ever since I raised my prices the jobs offers have not come as frequently. Since I now know I can finish a big project such a children’s book I am going to start working on my own children’s picture book this month. I have it written, I just need to illustrate it.

I am currently participating in the ICAD challenge on Facebook. ICAD is a group of people (mostly women) who do art on 3×5 cards for 61 days. It’s my first year and I’ve gotten a pretty good response so far.

As you have already noticed I’ve changed the look of the site. I want this site to be a bit more visual and less like a journal. I would like for this to be at least a temporary portfolio site for potential clients. We’ll see what happens. Till next time, keep your eyes, ears and minds open!

Journal #34

New Facebook header

New Facebook header

Hey Everybody! Happy Memorial Day weekend. This past week was a killer at my day job so unfortunately there was no Habitat comic. I might post a new one on Monday to make up for it though.

I’ve been experimenting in Photoshop a lot lately and I think I found the look I want for the book. I’ve been interested in Quentin Blake’s illustrations lately and I’m taking inspiration from his work. I didn’t think you could get such a watercolor look in Photoshop but I’ve finally found a way that works for me.

Kids with bird

I’ll keep this post short and sweet. Thanks for the visit and I hope to see you soon. Til then, keep your eyes, ears and mind open.

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.

 

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!