Just so it's clear that I wasn't totally slacking off over the weekend, I'm posting a bit from a series of comic/manga/graphic novel tutorials I'm creating—as much to help me learn more as to share anything I have learned with everyone else.
This is a new story--still under the sea, but with a character from Sea Throne. I'm starting from scratch, with a new drawing book, new style, taking this one step at a time, and documenting each with video and drawing and story building.
Looking at Youtube and all over the Web, there are a bunch of drawing tutorials—so I'm not going to tackle that. I'm also probably at the stage with drawing and painting where I'm learning more than I could ever teach.
One thing I can contribute is the storytelling, taking an existing story, breaking it up, doing the storyboarding, going through the steps, making tutorials out of the processes I've been using for a couple years with Saltwater Witch.
Please send along suggestions, anything you think would be cool to cover in a tutorial.
I want these tutorials to work and appear somewhat polished, so I'm putting some planning into them (yeah, I know, that's unusual). More on all of this later in the week. I'm expecting to post the first one next weekend.
In the meantime...some panels of the opening scene in the works, with the first two showing my main character Nikasia and the style I'm going with for art, characters, and color.
This one's young adult, part of a completely new series for me, coming in around 61k words--about half of what I typically write for a mainstream book. It's first person POV with a male protag--which is different. Last three books have had female leads. I'm going to put it away for a week, do an edit pass, and then send it along for proof reading. Told my agent I'd get it to him early August. I'll tell you more when I can!
Oh, and you want to know something crazy? I wrote most of this book on my iPad (dockable keyboard, not the screen keyboard).
Here's her message for the world: Dump sh*t in my water and I'll hunt you down and feed you to some of my carnivorous friends with poor impulse control. (This is Kassandra, the main character from my book Seaborn, and the graphic novel, Saltwater Witch, taking care of business in the Gulf).
You have to click to see the full view:"Mr Hayward, I want you to meet my friend, Nola--yeah, I know, she's a shark. And she's like a sister to me. You know it's funny, unlike so much of the surface world where it's the male of the species who's the most feared, who dominates the group, the tribe, the herd, the pride, the pack. In the sea it is, in so many cases, the other way around. In the sea, it's the female who is the real killer, the stronger, larger, and real predator of the species. Male sharks are push-overs. It's the females you have to watch out for. They're bigger, they're smarter, more controlling, and when they come in for the kill, the males scatter, because, you know, sometimes it's hard to tell them apart from the prey."
On the SaltwaterWitch.com site, but just not sure how and where to place it at a normal size. Maybe I'll make some cards to hand out at Readercon? Here's my original line art for this one:
I was up late last night drawing, working on the next couple pages and thinking about some banner images for Saltwater Witch. Here's one--just the pencil and some titling. I'm going to color this one, dark blue background. My first thought was a Frogfish because wouldn't that be cute? But since there is no prince, and Kassandra would probably scare off any princely type, I went with a more generic fish. I still may go back to a frogfish/angler fish because, well, they look absolutely creepy cool. (Google images of Frogfish)
I spent the morning sketch and painting--although I've been planning this page in my head all week. I like this one so much I'm posting it early. This is the first scene with Ephoros--giant friendly sea-demon. Painted this in Art Rage, with some details and dialogue in Photoshop CS. Uh, no dialogue, you say? Yup, I originally had two smaller panels at the bottom--going to post those later in the week. I thought this was too dramatic a scene, and lost something when I piled on more art.
Click for the full view. Or even better, go check out Saltwater Witch
I'm a bit late reporting this: my app for Lightspeed Magazine is up at the iTunes App Store. Right now, it's pulling in the feed for the site and arranging nicely for reading. The goal was to get something useful in the store. Look for fancier stuff as we--me, Sean Wallace, Jeremy Tolbert, John Joseph Adams--design the next gen app for iPhone and iPad. I'm also working on an Android version.
Got an iPhone or an iPad? Go get it!
Here's a taste of the next page for Saltwater Witch, my original sketch, and a couple hours of painting and lining this morning. I should save off some of the in-between work, so you can see what it looks like...in between. I did this entirely in Art Rage 3, including the sketching.
Click the pics for the full view: