Back to the drawing table… in a good way

After an intense month of Kickstarter fundraising, I’m now diving back into the story, conjuring up the final scenes and incorporating the new cameo appearances. I’m really glad I decided to go with that option for one of the pledge levels. This allows people outside my family and close circle of friends to be featured in the book and gives me totally new material to draw from! This new, more inclusive model of art making is really interesting and makes me really very happy with my decision a few years back to start drawing people. I started off this project with rather subpar figure drawing skills and now, after almost three years of figure drawing boot camp (aka The Circus and the Cyclone) I find myself confident enough to offer to draw strangers as circus freaks and even lead a live drawing class. Whew! It took a lot of horribly bad drawings along the way, but I guess there’s a lesson in that.

Over the next two months I’m going to be working to the bone getting the final illustrations, text, and page layouts complete with the hopes of getting the whole thing printed and bound and sent out to the good folks who backed the project before the holidays. Yikes. Ambitious? Yes. Doable? Perfectly. Although I will be sad when it’s time to move onto something new… there will be a big circus-shaped hole in my heart when this is finished and it’s time to move on. Maybe I’ll switch to sci-fi writing and illustrate Ingrid von Aviary’s moon adventures!

Otherwise I might just drown in post-circus depression, while listening to this sad violin…