I’m excited to announce my work for Doodle, an upcoming art show at the NAVE Gallery Annex in Davis Square, Somerville, MA.
My work, For My Boston Strong (Between Sleeps #2), will be on display with a number of other artists in this curated show devoted to all things cartoons, which will run from January 10-26, 2014. The opening show will be on January 10th (a Friday), 6 – 8 pm, and I will be there! It would be great to see you! Here’s the Facebook event for the opening show if you’d like to officially RSVP.
So, if you are in the greater Boston area, please drop on by the NAVE Gallery Annex (directions here) to see all the work on display, especially if you are a fan of cartoons and comics.
Work for my submission for In A Single Bound #3 continues apace! I am nearly done this project after working pretty steadily on it for the last 2 weeks. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at what I’ve been doing. It’s like seeing my comics in their undies, but sharing is caring after all!
Still roughing things out a bit here, but I’d done a lot of thumbnailing work previously and knew generally were things were going to go.
Page two, last panel. This one gave me a lot of problems, I scrapped it a few times and started over. This is the latest version, I am much, much happier with it!
A big establishing shot, super close-up here.
This is the first page with most of the contour lines done. Placed down masking fluid where appropriate so I could apply some ink washes…
The page after the ink washes have dried. Still needs a lot of refining and finessing, but the character of the page is starting to come through.
This is on page two, my favorite panel so far. The dialog is pretty much a direct quote from the super, super cute 4 year old girl I interviewed for this comic. I was giggling the whole time when making this panel, it’s completely adorable.
I’ve had a great time working on this short comic and can’t wait to share the finished product with you! – Maria
Guess what? I’M PODCASTING! Specifically, I am podcasting with my good friend and very talented actress Kimberly Truon. We’re calling our podcast Truth and Light, and it’s about us working towards achieving our artistic dreams.
We’re using this podcast to document our efforts, cheer each other on and hold each other accountable. Here’s our very first episode – please have a listen and let us know what you think! (We’re working on this being published through iTunes, fingers crossed that will be very soon.)
Work continues for the short I’m submitting for Ninth Art Press‘ In A Single Bound #3. Yesterday I completed some rough pencils for the first page – I need to define some of the figures a bit more and REfine the details on the complicated establishing shot (a crowd shot, no less! Why did I do this to myself?). But there were some REALLY fun panels on this page – I don’t want to give too much away though, as I really want you to see it when it’s in print (hopefully :))
Here’s a poorly-photographed preview:
Tonight I’ll do the pencils for the second page, probably alternate a bit between that and refining the pencils I already did. I need to figure out a good balance between going nuts on the pencils and making sure I don’t leave areas of mystery for me to try to navigate while inking (because that’s never good).
As noted in previous blog entries, thumbnailing was SUPER crucial on this. I spent a good amount of time scripting and then playing around with layouts in the thumbnail phase. I can’t even imagine how I would have approached this comic if I hadn’t done that — I’d probably be curled up in a ball of anxiety in some dark corner, weeping quietly…