Monday, January 31, 2011

OK, I have made my first major decision. I have decided to write and illustrate a graphic novel. In the future I would like to write a proper novel but right now I think I more likely to finish a graphic novel. I know my story is gonna miss out on a lot of details, in choosing a GN over a novel but hopefully I'll be able to make some of it up will the illustrations.

So right now I'm right into character design mode. I've already done a heap of sketches and digital created a couple of characters you can check them out here:
They are missing a lot of detail and I am still playing around with few different illustrating styles. So I'll keep playing around until I find a good style to actually illustrate the book with. I need to find a style that is going to compliment the story.

Until next time.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Top Ten Music Blogfest

Here is my top ten favourite songs of all time as part of Alex J. Cavanaugh's blogfest.
It was very hard to just pick 10, my first list was close to 30 but i painfully cut it down to 10 (with some honourable mentions at the bottom).

10. Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum
I have no idea what the bizarre lyrics of the song actually mean. All I know is that hay they are sung beautifully and accompanied by a soulful melody that always moves me

9. Beethoven's 5th - ‪Danny Alkana
Guitarist ‪Danny Alkana‬ takes on a classic, backed by an orchestra ‪Alkana‬ performs Beethoven's fifth symphony on his electric guitar. Powerful, energetic and moving ‪Alkana‬ gives this already beautiful song a modern twist that really strikes a chord within me. If you haven't heard it I recommend you check it out here:

8. Life on Mars? - David Bowie
With its strange lyrics and amazingly beautiful tune, Life on Mars? makes me want to start singing along overtime I hear it.

7. Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan
Accompanied with the iconic film clip Dylan's folk rock masterpiece always affects me.

6. About a Girl - Nirvana
Beatles inspired "About a Girl" is the first song that let the world know that Nirvana wasn't just an ordinary grunge band.

5. I'm Stranded - The Saints
From the very fist second this song starts it hits you with its raw energy, then a few seconds in to the song you get hit again with Chris Bailey's strong punk voice as he drums out the lyrics.

4. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd The hypnotic Comfortably Numb, in my opinion, has two of the best guitar solos of all time and has beaten countless other Pink Floyd songs to make it onto My Top Ten list.

3. Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
Beautiful and poetic one of the Kinks' best known and most acclaimed songs, Waterloo Sunset always affects me in a wonderful kind of way.

2. I'm Jealous - Divinyls
Chrissy Amphlett's beautifully tortured voice creates so much raw emotion that complements the honest lyrics and powerful music to make one of my favourite songs of all time. f you haven't heard it I highly recommend you check it out here:

1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Often credited as one of the greatest rock songs off one of the greatest rock albums of all time, Stairway to Heaven has made it number 1on my Top 10 list because of its beautiful melodies and amazing guitar solo.

Honourable mentions.

Peace Frog - The Doors, Spooky - Dusty Springfield, Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedy's, Tango Shoes - Bif Naked, Gimmie Shelter - Rolling Stones, Lets stay together - Al Green, Alone with you tonight - The Sunnyboys, Devil - Stereophonics, Oh Yeah - The Subways, Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith, C'mon C'mon - Von Bondies, I am the Walrus - The Beatles, Ever Fallen in Love - Thursday, and Like a rolling stone - Bob Dylan

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Decisions, decisions

To start of with, I would first like to thank everyone for their help and support. When I first bloged about my aspirations of writing I didn't know what to expect, but the reception I got was just amazing, so THANK YOU.

O.K, I need to start making some decisions regarding my WIP, right now my focus is try do decide whether I am going to write a novel or write and illustrate a graphic novel. Both have their pros and cons but I think I still need to do a little (or a lot of)research. I found a couple of books by Will Eisner about writing and illustrating comics/graphic novels, so when I have some spare cash I'll probably pick them up. Even though I don't know how this journey is going to end I'm still going along (at my own pace), jotting down notes and scribbling sketches. That is another thing I need to do, get organized, I have notes and sketches on all these random bits of paper and they are scattered all over the house.
Did reading educational books on writing help you? If so could you recommend any?

Until Next Time.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Finally started

So, after much procrastination, I've finally put pen to paper and started writing, well technically I haven't started writing, I've just jotted down some notes (and basic sketches) on the plot, settings, ideas for specific scenes but my main focus right now is character design.

In the past I have written short films, animations and a couple of short stories but the majority of those were for school and the ones that weren't usually didn't get finished. This is my first attempt at writing something so big. Since I have a (very) bad habit of starting things, and not finishing them (like the last animation I planed on doing, I wrote several stories, designed characters, storyboarded, digitally made characters and backgrounds but it was never animated). I plan on setting reasonable goals throughout the writing process, to keep myself motivated, with the ultimate goal of getting published. Honestly I'm not expecting to get published, finishing a book that I'm happy with is all I really want to do, but getting published would be the cherry on the top. I'v had some of my design work displayed in public and there is no group of words that can describe the feeling you get when you see something you have created, out there for the whole world to see.

Since I have very little knowledge of what I am actually doing, I will be doing a lot of research into writing techniques, and I will be taking any advice/tips from anyone who is willing to give it.

Until next time.