Here are a few recent pages from my sketchbook, these drawings go along with the story idea from my last post. These are ink and markers, and a bit of pencil. I like all these little guys in their “Ned Kelly” helmets, but also worried that they might end up looking too much like Bender from Futurama.
Monday, January 30, 2017
I was going to make this a “Happy New Year” post, but it’s already January 30, so I guess that boat has sailed.
Here are a few drawings that I did recently. I was having a hard time of getting back into drawing everyday, so someone suggested that I do one “finished” piece of art each day. Right now, I’m doing sketches for two picture books, and outlines and notes for new graphic novel projects, but these daily drawings gave me the satisfaction of actually completing something. Each was done in one sitting that usually lasted about an hour and a half. They are either pencil and watercolor, or ink and watercolor. There is nothing digital in them.
The images are from a concept I’ve been thinking about a while…but I often lose enthusiasm for it. I think it’s an interesting idea, and could make a great story and a good book, but it’s so different from everything that’s out there, I often wonder, “why bother?”
I just can’t go through all of the work of developing it, figuring it out, and writing it, only to have editors look at it and say they don’t know what to do with it. Or worse---find an editor who loves it, spend a year on it, then have a marketing department look at it and say THEY don’t know what to do with it. I feel like I’m entering into a lose/lose situation.
So, over the last few months I’ve become paralyzed while developing new concepts. Believe me, I have plenty of ideas, but they are all being shut down by doubt and second-guessing.
Happy New Year!