Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ye Update

 Well an odd week-
Time lost to Birthdays (mine and my wife's)- well not really lost- but not working or learning /enjoying life.
Time lost due to the house renovations.

Time spent on another pass on Magic Word book roughs:-
I'm determined to get it to the stage the Over and Out book is at.
I'm doing it a bit differently- instead of doing all the roughs in Photoshop I'm doing them in pencil on print outs from Indesign.
I was trying to do a pass where I reduce the options to just 1 or 2 per spread ( normally I do 4 or 5 or more)- and nearly got through it.
I'm not sure how other authors find it but I have moments where I'm thinking "Is this working? It was it now?"-
then later its "oh yes- this is good-what you've just done works a treat-thank goodness".
I think in particular I have to make sure its funny to match the idea or maintains the mood throughout- and not make any drawing overly scary or if they,-
are they still need to be slightly ridiculous or funny.
The story is a bit Roald Dahl esque because baddies get their comeuppance in a Dahl way.
Part of me worries- but I think if I keep it funny and the Baddies ridiculous , despisable, architects of their own demise and in no way role models then its OK.

also spent a bit of time thinking of 'future sci/fi ' ideas with a bit of a post global warming bent.
Was talking to Sam Bowring about possible ideas for books- and I like the idea of Sci fi anthologies of the sort that I had as a child (ie collections of Asimov or Ray Bradbury type)- but illustrated.
Funny how when you ought to be doing something else you get brilliant ideas for something completely different.
Not quite like "how to end world hunger" but always feels that important.

- looking at Sketchbook again and Storyboard pro.
I'm thinking I'll do my drawing in Sketchbook from now on because photoshop's line quality is so rubbish  and because it saves psds swap to photoshop when I have  to.
(Or Manga studio.)

 Actually I bought several animation related books while in Sydney- which I have been looking at and reading:
 The Nine Old Men
Drawn to life,
A book on Toon Boom and
The Art of Big Hero 6.
Animation is on my mind but finishing this Magic Word book idea to the minimum level must be done.
 Only made it to one life drawing class at Qld Sculptors.- the model I think was called Chantelle.
I thought she is exactly the sort of model Degas would have liked- (sculptors doesn't have a bathtub though.)
I think I was a bit hot and cold- I got the basis of her face correct,shading a problem
...on her legs below the lead was reflecting the light above so I couldn't see the line I drew as I drew it so a bit messed up......

Also quietly wondered why girls get themselves waxed..(top image)....a mystery.
Especially if you've got the sort that's neatly tucked-
(again no idea why women worry about large lips or whatever....again a mystery or victims or some sort of media myth)
Moral of that is- don't think- draw.

Anyway onward and upwards.

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