Planning for a serious push.

I have next week off from my full-time career and teaching, so I printed a calendar and screen captured the spreads for my book so I can schedule some projects and hopefully complete them.

I am hopeful and will keep you posted, sharing progress as I go.

Thank you, Patron’s!

Log for week of ending 11-15-20

The Fall is tight for my passion project, mostly due to the two additional jobs I take on teaching, which I love. The pandemic and general strife in society do their best to add speed bumps emotionally; we now find ourselves in during this season.

However, we must persevere.

This past week I found I had no outside obligations in addition to the load described above, and I really found rejuvenation in drawing this illustration for my upcoming book. Yesterday when I stopped for the day, the thought came to me about sharing my progress on this piece by creating this crude infographic.

As I was creating the post and correcting my spelling of “perseverance” I realized that sharing a weekly log of what I accomplished would be beneficial to you, the Patron, and to myself.

One of the biggest changes this week is I finally am getting a handle on spending my extra time to the best advantage. For instance, I used lunch to write long-form in a notebook my book logline and the outline for some additional prose in the book. Since lunch is me in my parked car, eating is the perfect activity for cramped space and relative solitude.

Here is the logline’s current state, wrongly referred to as “launch log” earlier this week. Ha! The struggle is real.
What does logline mean?

Logline definition 1. What is a logline? A logline, or logline, is a brief (one to two sentence) summary of a movie, TV show, etc., that hooks the reader and describes the central conflict of the story.

Here it is,

“An (adjective to come) teenage girl is cursed at birth to slay dragons. Now she must leave all she loves on a journey of self-discovery, pursuing a destiny she never wanted.”

For the outline, I came up with some of the rationales for some of the plot devices.

Poetry books, why Ghyslaine loves them, where they come from, and who is the poet.

Birthdays for an adopted child. Why are they important to Ghyslaine, and what meaning does she attach to them.

Thank you, Patron.

Caption Design

The captioning process is an essential part of the comic narrative. I have started to get better at the composition of my panels, actively thinking about where they will go and how much room to leave.
Part of my design intention was to have the captions communicate the emotion of the character’s dialogue. So, I came up with an inner caption containing the text and the outer caption and tail, which I can shape to convey sound and emotion.
More on the steps and software in another post!
Closer than I have ever been!
Thank you, Patrons!

Still working!

The last half of August was extremely busy for me. I teach at local colleges in the Fall and suddenly faculty meetings popped up. Zoom meetings abounded and my available time condensed.

The good news is I am chipping away a panel at a time and still moving forward. This week I was also able to schedule my school work during the week, lunches and first thing in the evening when I get home, saving later evening and weekends for my family and book.

Please enjoy the penciled pages above. Spoilers if you look close!

Thank you all for supporting me and this project!