Boy, its been a while….
Where have I been the last 3 months?
Let’s see… in Feb. I had some water leaks in the basement, and my free time was eaten by cleaning, tossing damaged stuff, knocking holes in drywall to find the cracks, having them repaired…
March I went to Puerto Rico during spring break week with the wife and kids, it was very nice…
April was Easter stuff at work, doing some big yard work, etc
May, just taking it easy.
number of drawings made: ZERO
I did scribble once or twice, and worked on novel covers (one drawing is at perhaps 40% complete) the other is shown here, perhaps 95% complete (I want to redo her face and punch up the lighting).
What novels you ask?
Last year I toyed with writing a fantasy story to go along with a dozen or so drawings, and actually had a rough outline and perhaps 10 drawings completed or thumb nailed… well, that project sat on the shelf until I finally committed to doing something about it. I began writing months ago, and because I nit pick, looked at a chapter and thought ‘that needs some explaining’ so I wrote some more… and then that needed explaining, so I wrote some more.
Fast forward to today, the story has stretched to three books between 200 to 300 pages each. Needless to say I gave up on illustrating it! The first book will be perhaps 200 pages or so, introducing the “world” and the background of the parents of Dandle and Lion (the kids who are the subject of some earlier drawings posted, which my own kids modeled for). Book 2 will deal with their preteens, book 3 with their late teens, and then (hopefully) more illustrated works will lead into their adulthood (standard fantasy art).
I am pretty close to finishing the first book, I have maybe twenty pages I want to add at some parts that I have “yada-yada’d”… then its going thru the draft to punch up word choices, etc.
Its been quite an educational experience working on this, but I will go into the details in a later post…