I have gotten the paper that I need, or prefer, to commence my work on the pages of my comic. The only thing that is special about this paper is that is tabloid sized Bristol board. which is nice, because then I don’t have to waste time cutting down paper to that size, it will fit on my scanner easily, and the detentions will be spot on for when I have to downsize it for the comic book size. It’s a win, win to me.
Beyond this, I have been working on other projects, researching other well known comics/authors/artists, making my small, small (cozy) studio efficient and organized as possible, and working my day job at an art supply store.
As far as Number 19, I finished the working cover for the first issue and now I will be diving into completing the pages. I hope to have it fully inked and coloured in a few months, well for the first part.
My current reading are:
Hellboy (as per usual)
Mœbius’s The World Of Edena
And what books I’m listening to are:
H.P. Lovecraft (all his works)
A Farewell To Arms
Libraries are amazing! If you don’t use yours; you’re missing out!!!
Still waiting on paper… Spoke to higher-ups and should be getting it soon, hopefully within two weeks. So doing final pencils and so on for Number 19 is put on hold. I forward my attention to making shorts and other small side projects that I’ve been needing to do. This included the revamping of my Tumblr and this website on how I present images, comics, and how things are organized. I’ve also turned to creating a short story-esqueseries called The Many Misadventures Of Theō which will be what it says. I’m currently working on the first short comic, three pages, and I hope to have it done by 4/22/17.
Beyond that, I am looking into new possible products to start making and selling, like enamel pins, stickers, original works, and signed prints. I would have to find a way to sell these online, maybe through Etsy or a online shopping things, like Bigcartel. If anyone has any suggestions, leave a comment or message me!
In short, what I have been up to has mainly been reading. Primarily books about how comics are structured and what guidelines there are for making them. Through that research, I have been focusing on finding and creating a clearer direction for my comic series Number 19. When I was originally creating the story, I had very limited prior knowledge making comics (Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, and various comics that I got). With that, my first go at comics was good, considering I’d had no formal training or understanding and only limited time of guidance from the new head of the department at GVSU.*
The story itself is set and practically done [‘practically’ meaning that, if necessary, I will make changes or additions to the story]. What is still brewing in my mind is how I am going to make it visually, which is like standing in the middle of Times Square during rush hour and trying to take in and understand everything. I’m essentially trying to find the best way to tell this story, weighing the questions, and meditating on them. Is color necessary, or can I tell it in black and white? Should I use gray scales or ink-washes? If so, do I also use color too or leave it out completely? What about using color for flashbacks? Should I stylize things more? Etc. Most likely, I will still use the ink-wash and I will probably use color for the purpose of storytelling and design. That opens up more questions about what paper I can, can’t, or should use. Although I can do it all on heavy bristol board and color it digitally, sometimes doing things in the traditional manner is still the best, and that will be a page-by-page assessment. Finally, I still have to figure out what size I want it to be in, a factor that is also dependent on who I publish it through.
So I am reassessing all the questions that I skimmed over quickly when I made the preview edition of Number 19 due to time constraints.
The only constraints that I have now are my day job, my mind’s ability to function after a long day at my day job, and my personal life. To think I was busy in college. I am just as busy, if not more, but I am making less short-term work. That lack of making something new every week or day is strange still. I don’t feel as successful, which I know is rubbish.
In all, that is where I am at currently as of Feb. 20th, 2017
*Side story – So, In the second to last semester of my undergraduate, the head of the illustration department retired and the new head took over on the start of my final semester. Which was awesome because he helped to push that understanding and drive forward for comics more than the last head of the department could. Ed Wong-Ligda > Durwin Talon But don’t get me wrong. Ed was an amazing teacher and I learned scads of traditional methods from him along with all the amazing professors in GVSU’s art department.
As of December 2016, my current long-term project is Number 19, the story of a mutant bear cub, Theō, who has twisty blue antlers, telekinesis, smart-ass wit, and an unsatisfying hunger for ice cream. As a secret weapon made by an undercover U.S. government agency to combat the Russians in the 1950’s, Theō must find a way to escape the fortress lab and the evil scientist who keeps him there. In the process, Theō may find out who he really is and what his fate will be: a destroyer of nations, or a part-time fighter of evil and full-time, albeit out-of-place, ice cream and food critic.
I started this project as my undergraduate thesis back in February-March 2015 and finished the first draft in September 2015. I made the comic portion over a two-month and a quarter span, and exhibited the thesis portion of it in December 2015 for my senior gallery show.
For the past year, I have been revamping the script completely, adding more dynamic scenes, developing the characters, and making it all the better. So far, I’m about 45% done with the script rewrite. After I finalize the script, I will revamp and expand upon the comic portion of it. That process will take the most time because I am doing everything, from the penciling, to the inking, coloring, and lettering. So it is my hope and plan, if all goes well, that I will have this done by the end of 2018, if not sooner. From there, I will seek out publishers (DarkHorse, IDW, Oni Press, Image, or others that I see fit as a home for my story) and look into having it translated into other languages, especially Japanese, to tap into that market. So when this project is done, the first volume will be ready for distribution in comic format. This will allow me to start working on the next few stories in this series.
Yes, I know my way of doing it is unorthodox, and yes, there is no guarantee that this will succeed at all, but I don’t care. There are a lot of success stories of people who have gone about things their own way and have succeeded brilliantly. (George Lucas and J. K. Rowling to start with.)
Personally, this is something that I want to do and will do no matter if it makes me money or not. Which is how many brilliant things are created. The creator had an immense desire to create something, so the creator did without care if he was rewarded.
If you wish to support me, please consider donating money to me to help me fund and complete this project. That would be brilliant of you and I will be soooo grateful!
If you donate any amount under $50, I will mention you name in the thank you section of the comic.
And if you donate anything over $50…
I will work on setting up awards and prizes on a crowdfunding site for anyone who donates more!
SO, since my last update; I have been working hard on a lot of thing and unfortunately the blog topics that I have in queue have been set to the wayside. And that’s been for many reasons, which I will explain, but I will dedicate time this weekend to blogging.
So most of the blogs that I have planned are mostly done, just they need a little more to them and some peer editing.
But as for what I have been up to, a lot, this past week I was working on typing up script to my comic, prepping postcards to send out to potential clients, family gatherings, planning for what I need to or will be creating, some client work, job searching because I need an income until my freelance takes off, and crunching numbers; which is always a fun time.
So essentially I’m still trying to organize the chaos of my life and starting a freelance and pushing it faster than I thought has been stressful especially when my money supply is dwindling and I still need to do a lot of marketing and buy supplies. So you can say I’m good with financing and how to spend efficiently. And stress management.
As far as what I am planning for the next few weeks and navigating around the Christmas chaos. I do plan on making some Christmas, or festive stuff, on top of writing more script, designing a zine, and anything else that comes up.
That’s all I have to say.
If you have any question or comments; leave them down below or send me a message!
So, It’s Monday and five days since I have posted last. At least on this site. So a quick update of where I am. I have created more simple icons for my blogs and created more work which I posted on my store and social media; which you may have seen if your following me. (links are on my site, please follow me, thank you!) And I have been working hard on a wedding invitation for a friends wedding, which so far is going great, Working on one of the layouts I designed. I’ll see how they like it, if they do, then I’ll put it through the final stages and I’ll be done and everyone will be happy. If not, I’ll develop some of the other ones and repeat.
Beyond work stuff: I went to a gallery show, went to a visiting artist talk, Aya Kakeda, at my old stomping grounds (GVSU) and had a few drinks with one of my besties and talked about life. I also dropped $$$ this weekend on marketing supplies, a present for my bub, and a 58mm soviet lens (Helios 44-2) for my camera, which I will do a review of it on this blog once it comes from Ukraine . Hopefully, eventually a video review, but I need more $$$ to buy the software that I want to use and other things I need. (Functionally I could do it, but quality wise, it would suck. I personally would want quality, plus I need to put out quality material so my brand [my name] looks good and so I can get more money so I can live and create more.) I have also been working on some more blog that will be posted eventually, that talk about meaningful thing and not just me rambling on about my life.
So that is where I am at right now. Hustling as much as I can so I can make a living.
Lately I have been working on many things. One of which is finding a full time or part time job that can sustain me financially until this, my freelance, can financially support me. Which is the norm for many freelancers. They moonlight until their freelance making them enough money to live off of. Beyond that, my current projects include: wedding invitations, branding for a small company, short story illustrations, and my personal projects; Number 19, Dolly, photography, keeping up with my social media, and my website/blog. Even with those being the main projects, I have books full of backlogged ideas that I will eventually get around to. Those ideas usually go between blog topics, illustration and design projects, story ideas, and future plot directions for The Number 19 Universe.
So there you have it, that is what I have been up to lately. I’ll try to keep this updated every week.