If I can’t use a spray fixative right away, I use a drafting template like this one to at least keep the pages separated until I can spray them. Short of interleafing your pages with tissue or archival paper, I haven’t found a good way to keep graphite from smudging, sorry. :\
It took a bit of setup but I’m now taking preorders for my art book! For reasons (mostly paypal), I cannot use storenvy for preorders so I have set up a Google form. If you fill out this form you will reserve a copy and only once the books arrive will I bill you. If you feel like you may need to change your info in the future, please bookmark the page after the form is completed. I’ve never done this Google forms thing before so please bear with me!
- 70 pages (50 full color illustrations, 14 of sketches)
- Matte cover, glossy interior
- Includes free 8 x 11” signed print of exclusive artwork not available anywhere yet
- Expected arrival is June 12th. I will ship them as soon as they are received!
- If you are going to Fanime or AX I will have them at my booth, no need to buy online! I also have a more extensive convention schedule you can check out.
Also to celebrate my first art book I’m also doing my very first giveaway! I will choose TWO random winners to each receive a free copy of the book. THREE runner-ups will get to select three prints of their choice from my print inventory. Five winners in all!!
- Reblog/like this post any time between now and noon PST on June 15th.
- Liking and reblogging will give you two entries, but no more.
- You do not have to be following me (but it’s awesome if you do!).
- Must have your ask box enabled!
- Winners will be contacted via askbox and must respond within 24 hours. If winners do not respond after 24 hours, their prize is forfeited and I will choose a new winner randomly from the remaining entrants.
- I will ship internationally.
Thank you guys again SO much for all of the interest and support with this book. It’s been such a thrill to see everything coming together and really crazy to see people so excited about it. I am speechless and endlessly grateful!! THANK YOU!!!
Here’s some more sketchbookery. I’ve been trying like hell to get ideas down on paper. Works better some times than others. How the hell does perspective work?
Rad confuses me.
Manga Studio is fun.
I need sleep right now.
How do you keep the drawings in your moleskin from smudging when you close it?
i do believe i'm falling in love with alanis right now
Heh. Seems that something is being done right, then. Thanks, Anon!
The following is an interpretation of this character (whom I had named ‘Alanis’) written by a friend. I found it to be a good read. :)
The first page in my new sketchbook, and the finished version of one of the last ones I posted.
If I were to do a comic I’d ideally want to do it in color, but I can’t do that and do it quickly, I don’t think. So I’m trying to get used to Manga Studio.
I dunno. Either way, you can see where I ditched ballpoint in favor of pencil/Copic Multiliner. Ballpoints are pretty decent for technical concept work, but I prefer pencils for people, I guess.
If you don’t mind terribly much: A story of her. Well, more of a character description than anything, I guess.
Stephanie was a loner. It wasn’t that she despised company, nor was it that the people around her disliked her. She wasn’t the warmest person, her innocence and light had been tormented out of her by cruel classmates by the time she was 6. But, neither was she off-putting, she was helpful and courteous to everyone who knew her.
She defied the traditional awkward teenager stereotype with a quiet stoicism. She was not thin, but she was slightly taller than average, both of which won her no favors growing up. Her green eyes shined like emeralds, but her hair stayed unruly (though whether through apathy or poor fortune was unclear). Her face was plain and unremarkable, and though she was well on her way to womanhood, she never wore makeup. There were times, in her heavy winter coat, she was mistaken for a boy, but that never really bothered her.
Stephanie’s father was a scholar. They had moved to the Territories just three years ago, when Stephanie was 13, for her father’s studies. He was always “her father”, never “daddy” or even “dad.” He wasn’t distant, but he wasn’t warm. He was always caught up in thought. He had a way of drifting through the house as if in trance, stopping sometimes to stare through window and wall alike. Perhaps she got her demeanor from him.
Her mother died when she was 3, and all she had left was a faded memory and a cheap keepsake necklace. Father rarely talked about her except in the most reverent of tones. She was tall and graceful. An angel of fire. His shelter and his muse. After a while he would trail off and stare at his desk for hours, unmoving as the dead.
Stephanie lived in Toronto until they moved out here. Her life in Toronto was anything but idyllic. With her father’s work for the College, she had a lot of time to herself. Unfortunately for her, the children at school did not let her keep to herself. They called her “Hefty”, or “Steph-ty” when the teachers were like to overhear, and would torment her mercilessly.
On the few occasions when they took it too far and she fought back, sobbing and screaming to be left alone, inevitably she was fingered as the aggressor. She was tall even then, and after she failed to convince the teachers that they had all ganged up on her, she simply stopped arguing. She never stopped fighting, though, which got her into plenty enough trouble.
Thankfully, Toronto was three years behind her now. The teens at her new school were not cruel, but after the novelty of the new kid had worn off, they went their way and she went hers. She didn’t blame them, in a small school where everybody had grown up together it can be hard to accept someone new and strange as a friend. Most days she preferred being on her own anyway.
With her father mostly occupied, and with her propensity for solitude, Steph had plenty of time to explore the place they had made their new home. The Northwest Territories were known to the natives as “beautiful land”. It was rarely warm, nowhere near as warm as Toronto had been, but Fort Smith was surrounded by forests. Any spare time she could, she spent in the forests, exploring the great woods, watching the animals, looking for interesting things.
It was a sunny day in early spring when she happened upon the burrow. It had been dug into a gentle hill, so the cave sloped sharply downward. Truthfully, she fell into it, her left foot firmly planted on the ground next to opening, her right foot finding only air. She landed across the opening, bruising her shoulder in the fall.
Once she brushed herself off, rubbing her shoulder, she peered deep into the cave. The sun didn’t penetrate very far, but the longer she stared, the brighter the burrow seemed to get. Eventually, she noticed a faint blue light emanating from somewhere far into the cave. In the glow, the burrow became a cavern, larger than her room at home. It was the blue glow that made her crawl into the burrow, and leave the world behind her.
I seem to have neglected the paragraph that explains her affinity to sports (Hockey and Rugby specifically, she’s a tough, strong girl), opposite her father’s scholarly pursuits (which explains her hockey stick, and her skill at wielding it in the future).
Spoiler alert: When she returns from the cave, the world seems faded, desaturated. She seems invisible to the normal world, but very visible to the new array of animals and monsters that find her. A helpful denizen calls it “in-between”, we might call it “a parallel universe”, 90 degrees from the reality we know. They bleed together, though nobody in the “real” world notices.
Someone has to steal that keepsake necklace. She also has to save somebody and be a hero. She makes some lifelong friends. The whole spiel.
She seems like she’d have a dog too, a white husky. Or maybe she meets a bear in-between. Or an Alaska Marmot (something unique would be nice, though it exists nowhere near Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada). I like the idea of a marmot, ferret, or mongoose, the long, elegant rodents. He would be a stark contrast to her stoicism, full of energy and vibrance (almost to the point of ADD).
It might be her mother disappeared to in-between (or maybe just her spirit). There’s also a Reaper, a thin wisp of blackness 12 feet tall, but Death in the neutral sense, not in the evil sense. He never speaks, though she might talk at him, even scream at him, blame him for her mother (think No-Face, but without animosity or antagonism).
I would avoid the standard “she finds her femininity” or “turns into a princess” tropes because really. I mean really. Gag me with a Volkswagen. I hate the “princess” trope most of all. As far as I can tell, the only true reward because of her journey will be confidence, companionship, some closure for her mother, and maybe a battle scar or two. A real-life happy ending if ever there was one, in contrast to the fantasy world her story takes place in.
Video game or short story, whatever. I think it’d be awesome to watch her wielding her hockey stick to bludgeon enemies, and her marmot darting from enemy to enemy in a blur of motion.
Ah… the stories that art can evoke.
There are a few differences between this and the back story I’ve been cooking up, but overall, this is eerily close to what I’ve been considering. I guess this means I have to take a crack at writing my own character next. :)
Thanks for taking the time to write this, man. I never figured anyone would give her this much thought outside of me.