Here’s what I did tonight on the Gauntlet painting. Still a lot of characters to add in, those Gauntlet screens really fill up the space!
Archive for June, 2009
I’ve been bouncing from project to project since I finished up Happyface and the Emo Boy script, without a ton of direction. The first thing I did was start a movie script, not really for anyone, but just to have it should I get the chance to do any other movie work. So that was a portfolio piece. It was a character study with some horror elements. I plotted it out and got about 50 pages in and was enjoying the process when I started talking ideas for a followup to Happyface with my editor at Little, Brown. I decided to take another stab at this fantasy epic idea I had. I meant to do a rough outline and sample chapter but that turned into a nightmare of plotting and this thread and that thread and how do I explain this and where does that fit in. I was going nuts from that when I had a very simple idea pop into my head that I really liked. I started thinking of it as a webcomic, then I thought it could be a movie, and my editor at L/B thought it could be a book. So I was working on that when I met with my editor this weekend and we decided maybe this other suspense novel idea I had was the best way to go. So now I’m trying to come up with an outline for that.
Really, any of these projects I’d love to work on, whatever the medium. I’d like to get really involved in something again. I wish I could just make all of my ideas turn into finished products and put them out there as soon as I think them up. I love the creative process but it takes so much time! How will I ever do all the things I want to do?
And I’m still trying to make time to do more art and painting. I started a Gauntlet 4 painting I’m really excited about. I hope to finish it next weekend.
I think next I’d like to do an old school arcade Gauntlet screen. “Warrior needs sustenance!!”
I’m enjoying doing more drawing. One of the things I wanted to try was actually painting with real messy paints. I’d never really done it, even in high school and college I painted only on the rare occasion. I have this idea to do a series of paintings that are really just screenshots from some of my favorite old video games.
The first one I decided to try was from Mega Man 3 – the Magnet Man stage. I can still recall the music to this level at will, it takes me right back to being a kid in the summer playing nintendo with my friend Woody and making up our own Mega Man bosses.
Unfinished – I still have the scenery to detail, that’ll be the tough part!
Here’s some pictures of the Happyface advance copy.
I tried doodling something with a little energy to it.
I have to work a day-job still, working on phones (it’s about as exciting as it sounds). What better way to pass the day then doodle on post-it notes? I do a lot of these weird little things so I’ll post ‘em here every now and again.
My YA novel HAPPYFACE won’t be in stores until March 2010 (sooner than it sounds!) but there’s been a lot of activity off the shelves. With the advance copies floating around, so far I’ve heard only good things, with most people reading at least the second half in one sitting. After the mixed reactions EMO BOY had, I was bracing for the worst.
This week in particular has been eventful. First off on Monday, I got the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2009/2010 order catalogue in the mail. It has a great two-page HAPPYFACE spread with a book excerpt.
Very cool looking!
Also, on Friday I heard from Little, Brown about some new appearances they lined up for me. I’ll have to get over my stage fright. I can talk, and I think I’ll do alright, but like Happyface, I have a tendency to turn red and self-conscious when eyes are on me.
This is my line-up so far:
November – I’ll be in Philadelphia, PA to do a talking thingy at the National Conference for Teachers of English, with a slide show to talk about why I decided to use art in HAPPYFACE. Hopefully none of my old English teachers will be there, as they’ll likely think I have no business writing books.
In April, a month after the Happyface release, I’ll be doing two panels – one for the Texas Library Association, dealing with first time authors, and another for a conference in Chicago, I forget which. I’ll be on a panel for “the Illustrated Teen.”
Nervous, but in a good way.
More art and video games… playing around with Corel Painter. I plan on buying a small paint kit and trying my hand at actual physical paint-on-canvas painting, I haven’t done that since high school!