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30 April 2007 @ 08:48 am
My kingdom for an artist  
This is one of those many days when I lament being total crap at drawing or any other kind of visual art. Last night, I had a daydream about a comic book title, one I'd like to read and enjoy even more being part of creating. It's the story of a young girl, heir to amazing power, who has to overcome a childhood of shattered dreams and destroyed self-image to realize her potential. I feel like Zeus, moments before Athena leapt from his head, fully-formed. Problem is, I can't draw.

This pure heroine is in my head; I can frame the pages and write the narrative for a dozen stories, the first year's worth of issues easy if not longer, and yet I lack the one skill necessary to do it. I'm like a director with no camera crew. I've got this amazing story, moving moments, visuals of pages that could win Eisners, and I cannot do a damned thing about it. It's not a writable story; the images in my head are framing themselves in a comic format. No matter what the book adaptation crowd likes to claim, some stories and scenes can't be told in prose as well as they need to be. Well, at least not by me.

Current Mood: frustrated
Steve McKnellydenali1 on April 30th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
I'm lucky if I can crank out a straight line. My frustration comes from wanting to put up a website. Got the technical know how, but I'm not a visual guy. :P
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on April 30th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
I'm not a visual guy for doing layouts on a website, either. It doesn't gel in my head. Comic book layouts and visuals, though, that I can do, but only in my head. I can't get the images from my head out through my hands in anything but stick-figure format.
Jon Reidcrossfire on April 30th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
You could write the scripts anyway. Then, if you meet an artist, you'll be ready.

I'm a big believer in taking the ideas I get and running with them as best I can. To me, it's sort of like paying my respects to the source--the muse, the universe, or whatever--that gave me the idea. They don't always work out but at least they're instantiated things-that-didn't-work-out, if you catch my meaning.

Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on April 30th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
I may have to work this out of my head in whatever format I can, like how you suggest going ahead with scripting and storyboarding. I did that a little this morning, actually, worked out a page that represented a pivotal moment in the lives of two characters. It wouldn't come out until later in the series, probably more than halfway through the stories I had already in mind, but it's one of those that was just sitting in my head that wanted out, one I didn't dare to forget.

Besides, like you say, if I have the scripts ready and then meet an artist, I'm that far ahead of the game.
Pete: Artist at workgreendalek on April 30th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
Drop me an email and perhaps we can kick around ideas? I can't promise instantaneous turnaround at the moment, but I can at least perhaps sketch some stuff out?
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on April 30th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Okay. I've got pretty good ideas for character designs, but one of the main things I'm lost on is a good costume design for the main character once she's actually in "uniform." That would be several plot arcs in, so it'd be a while in the comic before I needed her to have an actual costume, but it's something I'd eventually need.

I'll shoot you the character precis in a bit. That should give you an idea of what she's like and where the story might be headed.
The Bunnerflysylvidoptera on April 30th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Dear gods am I with you there. I'm constantly designing maps, characters, clothes, etc in my head. All things that need some artistic skill. Me? I can't draw a straight line with a freaking ruler. [SOB]
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on April 30th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
Straight lines are overrated. Life happens in curves. ;)
craigers01 on April 30th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
My job is to draw squares inside of rectangles. Life happens in curves AND straight lines.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on April 30th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
That's not life. That's the corporate anthill approach. (grin)
craigers01 on April 30th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
Cube farming is NOT Anthilling!

Although I get a kick out of crop dusting.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on April 30th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
(laughing) I'm almost afraid to ask what you get at harvest time.
craigers01 on May 1st, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Groundhogs of course.

Silly boy.

The Bunnerflysylvidoptera on May 3rd, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
Excellent point, babes. :)