Graphic Novel: Sneak Peek

Bathroom Scene Coloring Process by Cory Kerr I thought I'd post a quick look at what I've been up to. Now, this doesn't look like a ton of work, but it took the last week+ full of early mornings to come up with the way I wanted to color this thing. BTW, if you hadn't heard yet, I'm working on a graphic novel. I've got a great idea for a story and I'll be posting pages every week starting mid 2013 (once I get enough pages done to have a big stockpile of pages). In the interim, I'm getting up a few hours early every morning to make this happen. If you know me personally, you'll know what a big deal sacrificing sleep is.

I'm in love with the story I've come up with and I'm really stoked about the style of lines and coloring that I've decided on. I'm mainly excited to be working on something completely my own. As I've heard it said several times in different ways, once you start taking money from other people, other people are allowed a say in what you do. For right now, this is an unpaid exercise and I'm really enjoying it.

I'd be remiss if I didn't thank Jason Brubaker and David Peterson for helping me figure out a lot of things. They don't know who I am, but they've both posted podcasts, articles, tutorials, screenshots, etc that have been extremely helpful. Specifically, Jason runs a site called geared towards self-publishing independent comics and David writes and illustrates Mouse Guard, a story about mice with swords all completely done in watercolor and ink.

Both have been nice enough to answer some of my questions on twitter. I hope to send them a free copy of my book someday. Now, I've gotta get to bed so that I can get up early again.

Book Review "Steal Like an Artist"

If you like looking at, reading, or creating things

stop reading this post and READ THIS BOOK

immediately. Then wait a week and read it again.

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon is a fantastic book for anyone who is even remotely interested in creativity. It is a realistic and extremely honest book of advice that addresses some large elephants and gorillas in in the room.

Many people starting out in a creative field are embarrassed or discouraged when they find themselves looking to others for a vision or a voice. As if we are born with this fully developed set of creative skills and experiences rather than, as Kleon points out, in his chapter, "Don't wait to know who you are to get started,"

You might be scared to start. That's natural. There's this very real thing that runs rampant in educated people. It's called "impostor syndrome."

He then carries on to encourage people to just start making things. You'll find your voice in the creation of stuff. I can't endorse this book enough. It is not pretentious or preachy, its just good solid advice about being creative. So avoid two or three cups of designer coffee and use the $10 to get this book instead.


Problem / Action / Worry Text Based Chart

[EXPAND Click for the full size version]Feel free to download this and use it as a wallpaper or whatever. A link to my site somewhere would be cool.

Here's a text based chart about what to do if you have a problem... I'll give you a hint, worry is never the answer. I'm working on organizing type in a more artistic way.