The story is told, the whole thing is off to the printers, and I have a mountain of framing to tackle! The books and prints will be sent out to my Kickstarter backers and also will be available online. But so far, only eighteen of the the original illustrations have found their way into my vintage frame constructions. Only eighteen. Out of seventy-one! Though, truth be told, I probably won’t frame every single one.
I’m pretty preoccupied with the details of getting the stuff up on Etsy, getting ready for the book release party (woohoo!), and getting ready for a January Gallery Night show at Grava Gallery here in Milwaukee. But in the back of my mind, I keep coming back to the shock of finally finishing the book. I’ve been drawing these characters for so long now that they sort of became friends and I’m really going to miss them.
When December is passed and the dust starts to settle, it will be time to toy with new ideas and feel out a fresh direction for my work. I’m a bit burned out, but am vaguely leading my ideas in a fantasy/sci-fi direction. I’ve always been a huge fan of those genres and would LOVE to go that route. I did NaNoWriMo in 2010 and most of my 50k words of rambling were of a space opera type story. But it was much more of a novel and didn’t have any visual elements. Which of course will have to be explored. Because I like my stories to have pictures. They are worth a thousand words, I hear.
So I suppose that will be where my next adventure takes me. To the places Ingrid Von Aviary dreamed of reaching and beyond! A new set of characters and possibly some time travel and definitely a rag-tag team of space orphans who find themselves marooned somewhere on earth. This is going to take further development. And lots of friends doing silly things in front of a camera. I think I might know some good space orphans.