What is the Graphic Novel We Keep Hearing So Much About???

I should have written a blog about this a billion years ago.

This idea came to me in a dream many years ago, maybe five years ago now. In fact, I called it "Dream." The final version is very different than it was at first. In the beginning, this graphic novel was very fantasy based, involving weird alien life & such.

Now, it is the story of three sisters in a vast desert world. After their parents were killed they escaped & are on the run from a cruel warrior queen who wants to make them an example of them to their enslaved people. Along their years-long journey, they meet many different people, learn, grow, & love. Ultimately, they have to decide whether or not they should face up to the queen & free their people or not.

That's the short & sweet version. I'll post more updates as work on the graphic novel progresses.

Graphic Novel Update

If you listen to the podcast I do with my husband then you already know what my plan is for the graphic novel. If not...

I've given up on getting four pages of the graphic novel done a week. I don't know yet what I WILL be able to get done in a week. I wanted to get it done in a year, but I don't see that happening now.

I've stepped back to reassess.

I need to up my technical drawing skills. When I was writing the graphic novel I wasn't really thinking about the art, not the making of it. I was thinking more abstractly about it, composing the panels & pages like shots of a film.  So now that it's come to the making of it I've found that my imagination has reached far beyond my skill level. This is a good thing, truly. But a difficult, frustrating, & painful thing as well. Growth is hard, or it can be.

My new plan is to work on perspective drawing every day for thirty days. I think I'll start fresh February first & finish some other paintings up in the meantime. This was prompted by an episode of Your Creative Push, a (kick-ass) podcast I listen to.

I'm hoping this will force me to get better. Maybe I'll even find that this sort of drawing is something I really enjoy. All I know is I want the art to be worthy of the story.