Writing Update: Graphic Novel?

Writing Update: Graphic Novel?

In October of last year, I wrote a post on this blog talking about my most recent story. I talked about how it was a major change for me, genre-wise, because, you know, it’s a historical sci-fi (in other news, I’ve decided it’s in the year 1954 exactly).

But I had no idea how big of a step it would be.

Because…

Well, because I’m writing it as a graphic novel.

I understand this might be disappointing for all y’all who aren’t into graphic novels–to tell you the truth, I don’t really read graphic novels, either, but this story is demanding to be told in a much more visual way than my other stories.

Currently I’m working through sketching out all the characters, outlining, and scripting. Since I’m doing this for Camp this year, I have a lot to do before April.

Which is in nine days.

Start Panicking Aladdin



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I’ve been low-key developing this story since… I’d say June last year, on and off, and it’s been a very different experience than any other story I’ve worked on. For one thing, I knew the ending before I knew the beginning. For another thing… I’ve been able to visualize several scenes… but they haven’t come to me in order.

Which is why I’m now using yWriter to organize the scenes, so I can write out descriptions in any order, and then drag them to a different place.

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I’m new at this. And since it’s not going to be published this way, it’s just to help with drawing the graphic novel, I’m doing it in an odd style.

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Basically I’m roleplaying with myself. 😉 I have yet to really figure out what I’m doing, so maybe when I finish the scripts, I’ll publish another post about my revised process.

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I’m currently designing all the characters. These are my initial sketches for Lesley… And, yes. I know they don’t look like quite the same person. xP

I’m having trouble sketching Sylvester, so I think I’m going to skip to sketching Chareh. Once I’ve settled on a design, I’ll draw sheets with different angles and expressions, for each of the main characters. Also for a few of the main supporting characters, like Lesley’s dad, and the editor of the New Hasting’s Herald newspaper.

I’ve also sketched out a few pages of the main story. They won’t actually be like I have them (I’ve even changed dialogue in a bunch of places), but it helps me visualize what it’ll look like.

What, you mean you want to see a sample?

… Okay.

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If you click the image, it’ll bring you to a bigger version.

This isn’t how the final draft will look, certainly, but it’s what I drew when I was first trying to decide whether to do the story as a graphic novel. I’m going to have a similar layout, I think, but the style will be much less… Sketchy… 😂

Also, young Sylvester will have a face.

Just sayin’.

And that strange sentence will bring us to a close, but I have a request for y’all. I’m trying to come up with a new title for this story, as I was never really happy with the one I had—and it also sounds too similar to a different story’s title.

If you’re new to this blog and/or story, I still have the back-cover teaser on my “Works In Progress” page, so you can check it out there. But I’d love to hear any suggestions you have for a new title.



What’s your experience with graphic novels? Do you have any suggestions for titles? And last but not least, are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo? Comment below!

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New Blog Design!

New Blog Design!

Shalom, readers! I have been inspired by a certain blog I follow to redesign my blog. There’s still something wacky about the banner along the top, but… Ah, well. 😛

I made the banner with GIMP Image Editing Software. It was incredibly easy to do.

Well, here’s a short post to let you know I’ve shaken things up a bit. Any questions? Do you like this theme or the old theme better? Any suggested changes? I’m still playing around, but I wanted y’all’s feedback.

So… Have at it, folks!

New Art, 08-19-2015

New Art, 08-19-2015

     So, readers! Hi! *waves* Thankfully, the scanner started working again, so I can share with you some of my recent art. (And some that are just relatively recent…)

These pictures are not edited, besides being flipped right side up. Some of the colors are a little messed up, so they don’t look as good as they do in person… But I don’t know how to fix that. 😛

You can make the images bigger by opening them in a new tab.

So. Without further ado, here’s some more of my art!

I’ll start with my self portrait. Yes, I’m definitely five. 😛 This is a picture of me that I drew from a photo we have hanging in our living room. And, no, I don’t have black eyes (unfortunately… black eyes are very pretty), I have brown eyes. It does look like black in this picture, though, doesn’t it?

Self Portrait

And here’s a fedora. 😛 I like fedoras…

Fedora

And, look, look! It’s a man! I managed to draw a man. xD He does look a little younger than I intended, though…

Bald Man

I call this one “Desert Princess.” I was going for a very non-American look here. What d’you think?

Desert Princess

Another man! This is a pen drawing, with the background done with permanent marker. This one is wearing a hood… At least, that’s what I was going for… It looks a little like he’s the moon. xP

Hooded Man

Okay, this on’s a little weird… My little sister, Rose, asked me to draw here a monster with blue eyes, and this is what I came up with… I’m not sure how I feel about this one.

Rose's Monster

Anyways. This drawing is a redo of a Manga drawing I did a while ago… Some of you know this character, Bunny. She’s older in this picture, though. The strange line above her head is an accident… And yes, I did smear her hair onto her face.

Older Bunny

Mmkay. This one, above the wavy line, used to say, “Unnatural creatures, they are.” However, the scanner wasn’t large enough to get the text and all of the drawing… And the colors are a bit messed up, but… *shrugs*

Unnatural creatures, they are.

Another pen drawing, but this one is even looser. It’s done with fountain pen and permanent marker (and the dot on her forehead is a complete accident). I can’t decide whether this woman is sympathetic, or evil… What do you think?

Fountain Pen Drawing

Another man. xD This one is older, though if you look at it the wrong way it looks a bit like an old woman… I was going to give it the edge of the face, but I decided I liked it this way. (Not to mention face shapes are hard.)

Old Man

Okay, the next two pictures are fan art for Jaye L. Knight’s two books, Resistance and The King’s Scrolls. This one is a Crete, a creature in her books. The large, tilted eyes are on purpose, but they used to be a brighter yellow… Well, they still are, but the scanner messed it up. Cretes wear braids and beads in their hair, but I forgot about it until I finished the hair.

Crete

If you haven’t read those two books, you won’t get this picture, so I won’t try to explain. If you have… Well, you will, so I won’t have to.

I want to...

Okay, done with fan art. This picture is a younger version of my character Asali. It’s a colored pencil drawing which I’m still pleased with, even after several months of having finished it (which is rare).

Young Asali

And now, my most recent piece, and my personal favorite. This is a character named Nasya, a girl who I am considering writing a story about fairly soon.

Nasya

So, what do you think? Do you like my art? Which is your favorite? And last but not least, would it be a good idea to start taking commissions?

Some of my Art

Some of my Art

First off, I want to apologize for the lack of posts here. I wasn’t planning to make it public until New Years, but my sister posted the URL on Google Plus… And then there was NanoWrimo, and the Holidays… I could give a whole lot more excuses, but it’d fill the whole post, so I won’t do that. I thought I would share some of my art that I’ve done recently, so… Here is some art.

This was a challenge from my elder sister Athelas, to draw something Anime. It made my mom laugh.
This was a challenge from my elder sister Athelas, to draw something Anime. It made my mom laugh. (Her name is Bunny. She’s a character.)

Eyes Our World

Okay, so this is a bit weird... I was feeling odd that day, and doing an art challenge to draw something purple. Well... It's purple!
Okay, so this is a bit weird… I was feeling odd that day, and doing an art challenge to draw something purple. Well… It’s purple!
The mountains look funny... -.-
The mountains look funny… -.-
I really like this one... It was my third Oil Pastel.
I really like this one… It was my third Oil Pastel.
Another oil pastel.
Another oil pastel.
This is Oil Pastel, pen, charcoal, and pencil. An odd mix...
This is Oil Pastel, pen, charcoal, and pencil. An odd mix…
This is for a challenge. "Create a character inspired by an element." I picked air. This is done with watercolor pencils, without water.
This is for a challenge. “Create a character inspired by an element.” I picked air. This is done with watercolor pencils, without water.
Watercolor pencils with water.
Watercolor pencils with water.
Agape is the Greek word for Unconditional Love.
Agape is the Greek word for Unconditional Love.
Ajeya
One of my characters.
One of my characters.
One of my characters.
Another one of my characters.
Another one of my characters.