Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Hello! I've been doing stuff.
What stuff you ask?
  1. I've been reading.
     Bird by Bird on Amazon
    A great read on writing - I guess I'd say it's been inspiring. I'm not sure that the progress of the writing was 100% a result of this book, however, it has given me much to think about. I'm still reading it.
  2. I've completed the 32 page script for the book. That came together over the course of 2 evenings sitting in a hot bath typing away on my little 3Gs, iPhone. I've had this book on my mind for sooooo long that this process seemed to flow quite freely. Good? Bad? time will tell.
  3. I've begun revisiting the style of the book. This came as a result of over a year of extra experience illustrating. In the past year I've coloured a full length comic book, created illustrations for an 11 minute motion graphic animation, built graphics and illustrations for 2 online games, had 2 illustrations featured in Applied Arts magazine. The bottom line is that in that bulk of work, I've grown. The book needs to reflect this.
  4. I've now completed 5 pages of roughs for the book. The current goal is to rough the entire book and iron out any wrinkles in the story through this process. Then the work of illustrating finished pages will begin.
The wheels are back on the wagon. I'm pushing while the fire is burning. Stay tuned. In the meantime enjoy these (not so strong photographs) sneak peaks at what I've been up to.

This is a rough sketch of some stylistic exploration and costuming for the protagonists.

Here is a sneak peak at the page roughs.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Delusions of Grandeur

Esteemed friends. It is in moments of frustration that I sometimes find so much clarity. As I worked late last night, wrestling with a challenging illustration for a very large project I'm working on, I decided it's time to get back on the Our 1984 wagon. It's been my experience that my personality type leans toward going through cycles of motivation. Especially in regards to self-initiated projects such as Our 1984. I usually start big and get a lot of ground work established. It's in this stage of my work that I fall into what I consider a bit of trap. If things are coming together well with the project I start to fantasize about all the praise and accolades that will come my way, as well as great financial reward and fame. It's much like a bad movie montage where I'm surrounded by adoring fans and doting promoters, all filmed with soft focus, warm lighting and an inspirational sound track. I seem to develop this false sense of success pretty quickly. It's great for a time and the motivation seems to flow so easily during that delusional state. Unfortunately the delusion fades pretty quickly and then slowly I fall away from my goals.

Granted, my life is far from unsaturated with work and responsibility. It's easy to see how a side project gets shelved. I sense the motivation coming back around. I'm not talking about the pie in the sky motivation though. That ship has sailed. Now I see the massive undertaking before me and feel the desire to pick up the torch and press on into the unknown. My business partner has done some reading in the area of writing for comics, film and popular media. He's a constant source of suggestions for good books and valuable information to help the creative process. The next steps for me will be to gradually reintroduce myself to my project. Take a long objective look at it and make sure I am on the right path with it. Part of this process will include doing some more reading. I'm going to familiarize myself with the books I started reading in the beginning of this process and also begin reading some more in depth books on writing.

I'm not sure there will be a lot of visual development during this stage beyond sketches and thumbnails. I'll be sure to post those as they come to fruition.

It's time to get this ball rolling again.

In other news - Pulp Studios is featured right now on the Applied Arts Website. http://www.appliedartsmag.com/profiles.php?id=26 Go read the article! It's pretty great.

Blessings everyone.