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Gosh, is it March already? Postable art is a bit fewer and farther between these days, as our second semester is a little more spread out and long-term-based. I may start finishing up some of my quickie in-class assignments eventually (I'd like to), but in the meantime, we did complete one project recently, more or less ...

Emily 'meets' the dragon princess


We were assigned to create a dummy for a children's picture book (mostly just rough, sketched-out pages with a handful containing "finished" artwork, like the ones above). I have a deep and abiding love of the format from my childhood, and spent a good deal of time revisiting various treasured favorites to get myself in the mood! Honestly, in the end, I don't think this is my kind of storytelling, but it was an interesting experience, to be sure.

Emily's Imagination cover


I set out to try and tell a story that would have interested a tiny me ... and wound up with something that was damn near tiny-self-insertion, as well as a picture book about making picture books. (Well, tiny me did enjoy meta almost as much as adult me does, if we're being honest.)

In retrospect, I wish I'd done the black & white ("real") parts of the images with grey tones, maybe in Photoshop. I did really enjoy playing with color pencils, though! There isn't a lot of room for them in my regular comic plans, but maybe I'll do some stand-alone illustrations at some point. (I also find that they lend a certain ease ... I doodle very readily if there's a pile of color pencils about.)

the purple cat-a-roo
baseball fan mermaids outside the schoolbus window


And here's a closer (if somewhat poorly scanned, sigh) look at my favorite of the "imaginary" parts of the book, the baseball fan mermaids:
baseball fan mermaids, larger

Now that's over and done with, we've moved on to what I've been waiting for all year ... the final project, which basically tasks us with drawing the best comic we possibly can over a course of about nine weeks. As the assignment sheet itself says, no pressure there or anything.

Being the sort of student who has a pile of half-baked story ideas sitting around waiting for me, my choice of subject matter isn't very surprising to most people who've heard me ramble on about my ideas in the last few years!

Luce takes her tumble


My story about a probationary guardian angel and her reluctant charge is finally beginning to take a real sort of shape, which is very exciting! I'll probably share bits and pieces (if not whole pages) of the work as I go, but as I'm very much in the brainstorming/doodling phase at present, here's a random image of Luce making her descent (as of yet hairdye-and-piercing-free; Earthly affectations all, apparently). It's a lot less graceful in the actual panels, which is all I'm going to say for now.

So yes! I am very busy ... not sure if I'm more likely to be quiet, or randomly rambly, in the weeks to come, but there's a very good chance of substantial comics by early/mid-May, at any rate!

I'll leave you with more fanart of my friend Dea's exorcist characters, Autumn and Kara, who are deeply fun to draw. They are badass. Also, it was so great to just let go and indulge in fiddly tiny lines to my heart's content. (I am incorrigible.)
ghost-battling badass

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Date: 2012-03-05 05:42 pm (UTC)
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So much awesome. *____________*

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Date: 2012-03-05 08:25 pm (UTC)
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....the final project, which basically tasks us with drawing the best comic we possibly can over a course of about nine weeks. As the assignment sheet itself says, no pressure there or anything.

none whatsoever.

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Date: 2012-03-06 01:03 pm (UTC)
surexit: A fluffy bunny with very downturned ears. (:()
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Poor dragon princess. :(

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Date: 2012-03-28 02:12 am (UTC)
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