2017 Work schedule check-in

Hey all, so 2017 has not gone as smoothly as I’d hoped comics-wise and I thought I’d write up this check-in post just to keep you updated and keep myself accountable too!

Pulp Stories vol. 2

So far, 2017 has been ALL cover work for me and let me tell you, comics are one thing but covers are gosh-darn exhausting to make. You think “oh, yay, it’s just one page, not 20” but a lot of thought goes into covers and they always end up taking way longer than I planned. Maybe they’re just more challenging for me!

Anyway, the covers for PS Vol. 2 are done-zo and I’m quite happy with them. I say covers because I went with one for each story, same as in Vol.1 (although those were more like pin-ups really), for a total of 5, including the book cover. I ended up having to re-do one of the story ones as I was really unhappy with it and I’ll let you have a look at both later on, so you can see why.

You might be getting a look at the volume cover next month and hopefully the short stories will not be too far behind, so stay tuned.

Other projects

I did a few things for other people which will see the light of day soon-ish. Things are heating up for con season and it’s super cool to be asked to work on other people’s projects. I’m happy to have the opportunity to dip my toes into other genres and stories and hope you’ll like the stuff I made 🙂

Apart from that, I’ve started dabbling in coloring as well and was super fortunate to be accepted into Jordie’s Red Cube 1 day colorist workshop taking place later this month. I fully expect to be worked to the bone and revel in each moment! The reason why I took up coloring is because I really feel there’s a piece missing in my work and I think color is it. I’m not a big fan of shading and I like my lines to be clean and flowy, so I think color will fill that missing piece of light and texture. It’ll be a looooooooong and winding road before I’m any good at it, but I’m determined to practice once a week.

Writing-wise, I am working on a story that I’d like to draw next year. I’m currently on the fifth draft and I imagine it’ll change some more just as soon as I get around to reading those writing craft books I bought ages ago. Sigh. So much to do, so little time. It’ll be a very different kind of project for me and I am very, very excited about doing something totally different to Pulp Stories.

Apart from all that, I’m also doing regular ink sketches, but I just wish I had more finished work to post, especially comics! Such is life with a full-time job.

So lots of things are in motion and looking back on 2017 so far, I only really had a few months of slacking off (January – cause that’s always tough- and the month I got my gaming laptop hehe).

2017 GOALS

For the rest of year I’d like to focus on Pulp Stories vol. 2. It’s been written for a while and I’d just like to get it drawn already. It’s a more ambitious writing project than the first volume and I would really like to finish it this year and move on to other projects.

CONVENTIONS

I won’t be exhibiting at Dublin Comic Con this year (dun-dun-DUUUN!) but you’ll still get more pulp, not to worry! I’ll be at the Dublin 8 Comics Art Festival events as much as I can and you’ll be able to get any new merch there!

I leave you with this ever-so-relatable shot of Undertale.

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