While I’ve been working on several other projects, trying to get this site up and going, trying to get the Etsy shop started, and other “stuff”, I’ve had my in-the-works graphic novel Revery on my mind. A lot. I’m itching to get back to work on it, and maybe, I dunno, finish it. I have more ideas for that world that I want to eventually get to, but I have to finish volume 1 first. I had pretty much figured I was done writing and thumbnailing it, but last night, on our way over to our local mountain for some skiing/snowboarding, my brain unleashed a whole bunch of ideas and little details that I didn’t even know were missing. I’m really excited to get this story together and “out there”. Aside from the normal road blocks of being a stay-at-home dad, being involved in Cub Scouts with the boys, and just all around house and life “stuff”, I’ve been reluctant to really start cranking on this project because I’m never happy with the current state of my artistic skills. I tend to be a bit obsessive and somewhat of a perfectionist with my art, frequently only ever seeing the flaws. Drawing digitally has been a steep learning curve, and I feel my skills have improved noticeably each month. I’m afraid that the end of Revery will look drastically different than the beginning, and I can’t tolerate that! But, if I keep thinking like that, I’ll never get it done. I think I’m comfortable enough, and I am able to tell myself “I can always go back to the earlier pages and tweak them later”, that I’m ready to dive back into Revery (the first 15 or so pages are drawn).
I just need to finish the other projects in my queue.
With all that in mind, I’ve posted two sketchbook pages from Revery for y’all to enjoy over in the gallery, but I’ll add them here, too.