Painted this set of panels last night, and really like the way things came out. This time through the same story, I'm trying to get more emotion in the color, facial expressions, motion of the characters. Really happy with this one--still tweaking a few things. Story behind this is that Kassandra has never cried a tear in her life, and it's a shock the first time it happens--she only manages one teardrop, so it's not like the jackpot. Or is it...
There's the problem of finding apples at the grocery store with twenty-two varieties available, all looking equally tasty, or canned soups--you've seen what the canned soup aisle in the store has become. It's like something out of Aliens, if the aliens had abandoned their interest in planting eggs in humans, shifting the whole operation into soup and just went nuts with food storage and cylindrical tin. These crazy looping plastic rails dispensing soups and stews. And that's not getting into the cup-o-soups, soup mixes in bags, and microwave entrees.
It's like that with drawing an painting nowadays. Used to be, you got out your beat-up old notebook and some stubby pencils and went to work. Now, you still have the notebook, but you also have your computer, netbook, iPad, iPhone, with multiple painting apps on each of them, and they all do something really well. Each works a little different, but there's that blending tool in Paint Shop Pro which has always seemed to work a little better than anything else you've ever seen. There's a million brush plugins in Photoshop, and line drawing tools in Painters, and that wild ass palette knife in Art Rage. What's an artist to do?
...paint something, I guess.
I handed over the iPad to my son Christopher for a couple hours while I painted a couple scenes for the next set of Saltwater Witch. Here's a preview.
I've been working late on this, but I'm finally ready to show off the first ten pages of chapter 1. Posted them to the Saltwater Witch graphic novel blog--same link as before. I've spent a bunch of time this past week drawing and painting, some of it on my iPad. Today I put a couple hours into developing an ebook graphic novel reader for the iPad. When I get to the end of chapter 1--again, I'll post it to the iTunes App Store.
Here's a video of the app shot with my iPhone while paging through Saltwater Witch:
I spent a couple hours last night sketching and painting in the iPad version of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, and I have to tell you, this is one kick ass app. It's apps like this--along with a hundred others (look at OmniGraffle)--that make the iPad infinitely more compelling than a crappy old netbook.
Here's my first pass at the next page for Saltwater Witch--all layout, drawing and painting done entirely on my iPad in Sketchbook Pro. And you might think this is even crazier: I don't use a stylus or pen, but my fingers.
And once again, I'm seriously considering doing all the art and page layout on my iPad. I tried this once on my iPhone, but it's just too small.
Finally finished these--been drawing and painting these panels for more than week. I've settled on a simpler page config--one variation represented here. The idea is to use only full page widths and up to four quarter panels, or two quarters and a half page panel, or one full page panel. I'm going to try to stick with this.
Anyway, here are the new opening pages for Saltwater Witch--fourteen years before the rest of the story. This is where the novel originally began, but was edited out.
Like the other new pages, I'm really trying to bring up the color. Click the image for the full view. Love to hear what you think!
The incomparably cool Amy at Geek with Curves has interviewed me on writing, art, my graphic novel Saltwater Witch and more!
Check it all out here: http://geekfemme.blogspot.com
And she's kindly cross-posted to Geek Girls Network, which simply kicks ass even more than everything already did!
Thank you, Amy!
Having a discussion with some writer friends of mine over ebook store cover art--Kindle, iBooks, Fictionwise, etc., and after reading Konrath's posts over the last week on his wild Kindle sales, I've decided to redo the covers for Seaborn. I've also decided to put Sea Throne into the Kindle store, iBooks, and elsewhere. I'm tired of having it sit there unread. I'll post the Sea Throne cover tomorrow (In case you're wondering: Sea Throne is the sequel to Seaborn. It was never published. Seaborn was sort of caught between Juno Books' shift from Wildeside Press imprint to Simon & Schuster imprint, and they never picked up Sea Throne. I've had a bunch of discussions with my agent on what to do with it. It's so tied to Seaborn, that it's dead as a stand alone book. So, I'm going to push it out to everyone as an ebook).
Love to hear what you think!