Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Day by day..

So here I am again, three hundred pages to go, not counting covers and a couple of posters here and there for promotions... one day at a time. Reminds me of running a blasted marathon. Its important for artist to keep themselves healthy at some level, we get so used to sitting around for hours, painting, sculpting, drawing, composing, that we do not see our weight slowly creeping up on us.. the heart machine slowly about to go kaput.
I always been a bit of a runner, and these days I run just to keep the mind from going insane from the thought of having a couple of hundred pages, to ink, paint, color, and write. The run does me good, it reminds me that one step at a time and it all adds up. It's the same with animation, and I mean animation from the old school days, when one had to draw one frame at a time.
Marathon running.
That is all it is. Storytelling and art is Marathon running.. exhausting down the prey, so that it can be consumed for others. Not that I am any hunter mind you I just thought the metaphor was fun.

Anyway, I just wanted to keep you all posted a bit every day, little journal as pages are made, all three hundred of them.
Some pages have very tight story structure to them, others just pop up. its part of the fun of having your own project.

Here from rough storyboard, you can see the ideas being put down, no editing at this point, just pure idea work letting it all come out from the mind to the page.
The next step is to try to get it down in some sort of manner relating to time, rhythm,emotion, or action.. This part is the part that is going to show.. You can see I went off in many directions here, and one can get lost forever. But its called editing. So its good to stop at some point. You can see it was all a bunch of little panels before it opened up to a double page spread.
After that a value study, or a small color rough will get me on my way not to tight I want to figure some stuff out while working on the page, it helps.. so I don't get bored.
Then the final page.
One page a day and in this case a double page spread, but a couple of hundred more to go.
Hope you enjoy the journey.


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  2. It's nice to see your progress. I eagerly await your next post!

  3. hey frank what is happening to the rocketo website? it seems to have expired. I must admit that I have panicked a little bit about that.