Drawing My Graphic Novel
Friday, October 23, 2015, 1:26am
After I self-published my first novel on lulu in 2006, I decided that I wanted to draw a graphic novel. Then, I decided that I wanted to make it a prequel to the first novel. I have so far drawn around fifty pages, but it is still the first draft, in which these pages are rough sketches. But I have experiences writer’s or drawing block, and I decided to stop for a while to ignore my graphic novel because I am not sure where the story is heading. It seems to be going all over the place, and I am getting confused, not sure what to draw next. So, I decided to concentrate on blogging instead. And, as I blogged, I received some inspiration and ideas from different sites and videos. I decided to resume drawing it, but kind of like a journal, depending on what inspiration I receive each day, or it might even skip a day or two. I got a couple of ideas yesterday, in which I jotted down, and I will sketch the artboard scenes tomorrow.
I am considering writing the narration of the story in first person, as the main character goes on her journey. I will probably make this graphic novel around 200 pages. But, for now, I am not going worry about the flow or narration yet. I just want to get the first draft rough drawing layouts done, before redrawing whole novel in black ink. And, then adding color, narration blocks, and speech bubbles.
Daily meditation often provides me with unexpected inspiration, which is cool because it is often interesting and sometimes fits into my story. Later, during the editing process, I might have to reshuffle pages in order to make the story flow better and smoother.
So, that is my current plan. I wonder how much pages I will get done by Christmas.
by Fifi Leigh