Thursday, August 28, 2008


Feedback is fantabulous. I love feedback.

Today I got a nice chunk of feedback on my latest fictional endeavor. Very nice indeed. It was full of accurate, incisive indications of things that need fixing, and which will be, I think, hugely difficult to fix. Weeks of head-pounding revisions loom ahead. But! It also said the reader enjoyed the story. That makes everything twinkle with pink fairy lights.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Work Plus

Aha. Do the doodling after the work. That's one approach.

Keeps the warmup from taking over, but makes the work into a warmup for the play. Hmm. More thought required.

I think I might be getting a bit of the hang for resemblances... or maybe not.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Distraction Out of the Way

So anyway, that was an enjoyable distraction, but now I really must get back to serious pictures of things that don't exist.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Don't Forget the Distraction

Because my daughter said it was looking good, I blocked in the rest.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Three or Four Problems

So, with just two weeks of distance, I'm rereading and editing. I've read the whole thing again. The last half certainly goes smoother than the first. I wonder if I'll be able to fix that. Other than that, I've fixed the easy problems, hopefully, writing a new scene in the process, and now I have three major problems left. One is a relatively simple problem of characters not behaving in a way that makes sense (failing to realize or know things they should, for the sake of a piece of dialog I wanted to have-- classic darling killing required). Two are more difficult, in that they involve things which are mentioned, but then don't get the air time they need in the story, basically a couple of themes which are shortchanged. That's going to be troublesome to fix, and it also probably means more happening, rather than less.

Can I get this done by the end of the week as planned? Stay tuned...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Distraction III

Work got done in other areas today, but the distractions are still... distracting.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Distraction II

Maybe a little better. Maybe now I can get back to work.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Damn eyes. Some day I will figure out how to do eyes right.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sketchbook: Mission San Juan Bautista

So, after yesterday's outing, we decided to head south to another relatively close-by mission, San Juan Bautista, about an hour's drive away.

I was still sloppy, but a little better than yesterday. The picture was drawn with a charcoal pencil, and I didn't want to mess up my scanner with it, so apologies for the poor quality picture. Below is a pencil sketch of the statue in front of the church, which also appears in the lower right of the picture above.

I'm pleasantly surprised the kids would sit still for this at all, let alone two days in a row.

That too, of course

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Sketchbook: Mission St. Claire

We went to visit the Mission on the campus of Santa Clara University today with the kids. This is probably the best of the sketches I got out of it. I was pretty sloppy about it. I found it hard to get the relationships right between the various parts of the architecture, and I was too lazy to do it right. Maybe next time. Nice way to spend a day though.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Yes, I'm still working on it. I didn't get much time for the past few weeks, but now I'm determined to push on through and finish the damn thing.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Warmup 080803

Some fumbling around to make sure I can still use this thing.

Done II

The idea was to leave the first draft for a month or so, then edit it, then send to first readers (if I can get anyone to read the beast). However, I said to myself, "I'll just read it once through and check for errors." So, I edited. Oh well. It turned into 56185 words. I take the length increasing slightly as a sign that I really do need to leave this for a while or I won't be able to edit it properly.

On the other hand, I don't know if I have ever edited anything properly, as I have a tendency to trim down existing sentences but then add new phrases, sentences and entire paragraphs elsewhere. I try to cut 10-20%, but I think I end up adding a few percent most of the time.

I'm now turning back to art for a while, though. I hope to finish that Sweet Moonlight cover I was working on, and do some test comic book pages, and start in seriously on another cover project. Maybe, somewhere in there, find the discipline to finish another picture I started last year.

That should take me well into next spring.

Three figures stood surrounded by darkness. It was a thick, textured dark, a soft, black fabric filling the air. Their flashlights pricked bright holes in it. The lights passed slowly over smooth concrete floors and walls, blackened with ash. They passed over the twisted metal frames of long tables, flickered across brushed steel cabinets, tongues of melted plastic drooping from their open doors. The three walked through it, picking their way carefully. There was nothing but more of the same burnt ruin.