Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 Begins

I can't begin to describe how much I appreciate the opportunity to start the year by working at home. So much progress has been made-- I've had the inclement weather to thank for many days trapped at my desk.

Perhaps my largest accomplishment this month was completing the entire first pass of my graphic novel, Minus. January must be the month for this sort of thing, seeing as I finished my first webcomic, Petrichor at this time two years ago. I am finalizing revisions with my editor and then I can move on to the very last step: adding color.  This leaves the project right on track to be completed at the end of May. Three graphic novels in four years--not bad.

In other news, I have a plan to pitch a new graphic novel soon. That's all I will say for now.

And as always, here is a dump of my other sketches. This year is off to a good start!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Is It 2018 Yet?

To cut to the chase, I've been disappointed with how 2017 unfolded art-wise. Although I've worked tirelessly, I feel as though I have little to show for it. Normally I have a collage of my accomplishments for the year, but this time, it just didn't come together.

And you know what? That's ok.

I've had a very daring year in my personal life. 2017 included a great deal of travel, self-discovery, social engagements, and workplace highs and lows. December was my first month of returning to freelancing full-time, and it has been a positive experience thus far. It is my hope that a transition into a new year will bring about a surge of productivity. I have much to do in 2018.

2017 is not without things to celebrate:

  • Participated in Hourly Comic Day
  • Was considered for a gothic romance anthology
  • Started a button-making business, Pinback Buttons
  • Tabled at MSU Comics Forum
  • Reread and revised Petrichor for the first time
  • Tabled at Lansing Fantasticon
  • Tabled at Capital City Comic Con (my first con to revisit)
  • Made a comic about my trip to Mexico
  • Tabled at Grand Rapids Comic Con
  • Participated in NaNoWriMo again
  • Tabled at Grand Rapids Holiday Market
  • Presented at a storytelling event in Lansing
  • Met my goal of drawing 100 graphic novel pages despite breaking my shoulder in July
  • Returned to freelancing full-time

Total Comic Pages Drawn: 112

Going forward, I would like to:

  • Finish Minus, my graphic novel
  • Finish my comic on traveling to Tijuana
  • Experiment with risograph printing
  • Pitch a new graphic novel
  • Table at more conventions
  • Do sketchbook exercises every day
We'll see where this next year takes me. I hope it's my most productive and fulfilling yet!

To finish off the year, here is my December sketch dump:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Moving On

October was not a very productive month for me. After my injury in July, I have been playing a long game of catch-up.

November finalized my decision to leave my part-time job and return to freelancing full-time. This was a tough call to make, but a necessary one in order to pursue my future craft.

One of my proudest accomplishments in the past two months was putting together a mini-comic of my trip to Mexico. This is only a snippet of a larger story:

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Here are some of the pages:

I enjoyed adapting a version of NaNoWriMo for comics last year, so I participated again this year. Over the course of the month, I scripted and drew thumbnails for 200 pages worth of a graphic novel. This time, my story is at 200 pages, but is incomplete. I plan on working on this large story very soon. This is your only clue:

It is with great pleasure that I also announce that I have reached another milestone for my graphic novel in-progress, Minus. As of today, I have drawn 150 out of 168 pages.

Well, it's the home stretch for me now. Wish me luck as I return to all-day art!