The Sea Forest is not dead!

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Hello, all!

I apologize for not updating in so long. I’ve actually made a big move. I’m talking from NYC all the way to China! Yeah, getting used to a new job and a new country isn’t easy. Unfortunately, blogging had to take a backseat for a time.

But fear not friends; I have a lot planned. I will update you all about my life here in the Middle Kingdom as well as my future projects. I’m currently in the beginning stages of two new books which I am very excited about. They will be a different experience from The Moon Moth, I can tell you that much. Oh, and I will share my sketches and doodles too, just for kicks.

So, stay tuned for future updates, OK? Ok! And please feel free to send me a message with any questions, comments, or suggestions for future posts. I will be sure to read them and answer anything.



Part Two B: Sketches

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We pick up from where we left off last week with more sketches! I start with very loose sketches which may amount to no more than simple shapes. From there I progress to more complete designs. As it turned out some  character designs were subject to change up until the final inking! We’ll deal with… Read more.

The Making of The Moon Moth into a Graphic Novel Part Two A: Sketches

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Hello all, we will now continue the series “The Making of the Moon Moth into a graphic novel”. You can scroll down for the last installment. You may notice that in that post I mistakenly refered to this series as weekly. But in my defense it is a rather long title to write down every week… right? Ahem. Moving on:… Read more.

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Hello all. Today I want to share with you my process for adapting Jack Vance’s The Moon Moth into a graphic novel as it may be of interest to some. And so, here is the first of a weekly series that I dub “ The Making of The Moon Moth into a Graphic Novel.”
My first step in adapting The Moon Moth was to first read the original. I found a copy in a recently released collection of Vance‘s short stories. I probably read it a couple of times. Sorry, but I have no pictures of me actually reading. Anyway, having memorized the story I began sketching thumbnails. I DO have some examples of this:

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If you had read the graphic novel you will no doubt notice some similarities between the original thumbnail layout and the final version. Looking back at these I was also struck by the differences that were later made. In fact, when I originally mapped out the book it was only going to be eighty-four pages long.

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I always enjoy doing thumbnails because it’s my first shot at actually “doing” the comic. I don’t worry about mistakes- in fact that is the whole point of doing thumbnails. The idea is to get down how you would like to pace your story, how you will compose the pictures, and place word balloons, etcetera. Not that there wont be revisions later on of course. But just try to imagine spending the time to draw and ink, say, ten pages only to have your editor tell you, “Nah, the layout doesn’t look right. You should’ve done it this way. Go back and redo all of it.” Or, worse still, imagine having a finished manuscript of two hundred pages only to be told to trim it down to one-fifty. I’d rather redo sketches any day!

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If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions please let me know. I will continue this series as well as post new stuff soon so stay tuned.!

Character Sketches 3

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Last installment of this short series of character sketches (scroll down the main page for the first two). I particularly like the way this head shot came out. Would’ve been a fun character to continue drawing methinks. Oh, and I’d like to tell you about a recent adventure of mine. It’s a little off-topic so… Read more.

Perhaps I should go back and color some of these old illustrations. Then again, don’t some things just work better in black and white? Well, maybe “better” isn’t the word. Many masters have worked primarily in black, white and grays and none would argue that their art was found lacking because of it. Edward Gorey, for one, springs to mind. If someone were to go back and color some of his pieces it would definitely change the “mood” but not necessarily for the better. Ok, I’m starting to ramble, never mind.