This morning I decided to make myself sketch out some thumbnails for The Light Princess....after warming up by sketching a fairy and gestures ( I copied a Disney artist I follow on Instagram:)
Then, for inspiration, I changed my phone wallpaper to a castle with a lake.....inspiration, procrastination....call it what you like.
Then, after sitting at my desk and zoning out for a while, I decided I needed a 2nd cup of coffee. Thennnn.....during and after drinking said coffee, I made it about halfway through the story, with some blank panels, but that's progress. Incidentally, I'm not really concerning myself with varying panel shapes or sizes, yet.
I don't normally like blogging, but, I have to say this is a welcome break after working on this kind of task for a while!
Ink on the sketch with additional rose vine detail.
I used a Faber Castell PITT artist brush pen and a Sharpie fine tip. I did this on a photocopy of the original pencil drawing. I'm more relaxed about experimenting, that way, and unwanted lines can be taken out in Photoshop;)
Next up, color studies.....
This is not page 1 of my comic story, but it's an image that popped into my head from a particularly cool part of the story, in my opinion.
I was feeling a bit discouraged, so wanted to make a panel sketch. I'm working on inking it and doing a color study (which I plan to post), but it's really encouraging to see The Light Princess coming to life!
Here's the line, although I may somehow adapt it, of course:
"The only answer the princess returned was a roguish look. She was already a yard above his head."
I'm trying something new....I'm creating a comic from a public domain story by George Macdonald, called The Light Princess. I'm doing this as a way to add to my portfolio and prep for a classroom assignment all at once.....not to mention, to hopefully improve, as well!
So far, I've read the story, which is pretty helpful:) I've also made some notes about and sketches of the characters and have made notes with ideas for how to break up the story.
My desk is a mess, which is really nothing new.
Note the coffee.....incredibly important to the creative process!:D