So, about two days ago I FINALLY finished my third complete rewrite of the middle portion of “Sun-Walking” that I’m calling “Wind-Running.” I first started this “sequel” in June of 2011. I don’t think it took me long and then I rushed right onto the last installment, “Sky-Dancing,” and then suddenly for some reason I’ve now forgotten halted with only about a quarter of the whole story left to write. That has never, since then, stopped bothering me. So I gave “Wind-Running” a second go and then stalled again. For most of my time in NZ I focused on “Cadence” and this last semester at school, when I set that aside in favor of…you know, my education, I kept poking at “Sun-Walking” trying to figure out what the hell was going wrong with it. I really didn’t want to give up on this story because the premise was so solid and I really believed in Lucienne and the journey I was sending her through. So FINALLY, after toiling over it since school ended, I finished a version of “Wind-Running” which accomplishes what it needed to and also felt very natural and believable as compared to the last drafts. I got so into Lucienne’s voice that when I had to switch back to third-person I was repeatedly writing whole paragraphs in first-person before realizing I’d switched. It was awful but I’m keeping both voices because “Wind-Running” needs to be told intimately but the rest of the story benefits from the added drama of third-person.
Anyway, when I finished school I was totally expecting to plunge back into “Cadence” instead, but after fussing and fussing over one single page I realized that the sort of meticulous tedium required by graphic novels isn’t really the kind of art that I enjoy right now. I mean I prefer getting paint or ink all over my hands, and seeing what comes of a few surprise lines. So I consciously set “Cadence” down and picked up “Sun-Walking” and I’m so glad I have. So here’s a TON of pictures I’ve done over the last few weeks.
I’ve been trying to get better at using real paints (I don’t even use watercolor like paint, I use it like ink…or else I use ink like paint) and so I covered a bad attempt with yellow and then realized I was itching to paint Lucienne. Dad says she looks like Wonder Woman and I think it’s because of her dramatic hairline and the use of bright red. Not sure how I feel about it, but it is super strong and I’m glad I took a risk and added blue.
I think I did this quick sketch back in February or March.
I have no idea why this doesn’t look like her. I really like it — I just did it today — but I think it’s her chin that’s masculine. I’m easing into the part where Lucy chops her hair off before she goes back to Helios so I wanted to do her short hair.