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 MakingComics.com 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.