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priyanka

prisss

 

I’m back in the studio after a 2 month break to be with my daughter. It’s the longest break I’ve had from art in 5 years! My biggest project is working on the final art for my graphic novel, Pashmina. As I opened my completed pages I noticed my main character, Priyanka, looked different in a few panels. I started to worry that I wouldn’t be able to keep her consistent throughout the book. As I revised the panels that bothered me, I thought about how much work isn’t seen by the reader. There’s so much pre-work – sketches, notes, ideas, drafts. Through the next few months as I work on final art I want to share some glimpses of the pre-work with you.

As I worried about character consistency, I pulled up a file with a bunch of Priyanka expressions I drew during the thumbnail process. This exercise not only gave me an idea of her personality, but also how to draw her face up, face down, and from the side. Once I brought this file up, I felt calm. I already did the work that could help me with consistency. I use the file for reference through each page.

This is my first attempt at a graphic novel. The whole process is a learning experience. By the time you hold a copy in your hands, each page will have been revised, redrawn and edited at least eight times. The manuscript had five drafts. The thumbnails had three rounds of editing. The final art will no doubt have at least two. Some pages are easier than others. I’ve read about other creator’s processes in writing and drawing. I’m sure I’m doing things wrong and I know I’ve made lots of mistakes. I’m okay with that. Once I finish, I will know what works for me.

For now, I must push forward, making mistakes and learning along the way.

pashmina announcement

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I am thrilled to share the official announcement of my graphic novel Pashmina! You can read about the story, my inspiration and see 3 final pages here! I will be working on the final art through the end of this year and into the beginning of next year. As we move forward my publisher, First Second Books, has said I can share progress posts with you, so look forward to those monthly!

Thanks for all your support ^_^

holi flour

holi

 

I’ve been very inspired by comic artists recently. I love both the comic artists who take their time to create amazing full-color works and those who do quick day-of thoughts! I’ve been focused on Pashmina, producing 10-12 thumb nailed pages a week, so I created this comic in a free 30 minutes. I hope you enjoy it and happy holi! ^_^

music & more

music  
the hubbahubba wrote the line above and i had to draw it. this is for him on the eve of our fifth wedding anniversary (although we’ve been together for 12 years!) the best decision i ever made was marrying you. happy anniversary! ^_^
 
meanwhile, we’ve chosen a winner for the canvas giveaway! we had over 100 entries – thank you! if you want to buy a canvas now is the time! zazzle is having a 50% off sale on canvases with the code: GRANDPARENTS through september 7th.
 
have a great weekend ^_^

cookies

cookielove

I’m back in the studio after a few weeks of shows. I hope to be back to somewhat regular posts next week ^_^

 

pre-parents

parents

parents2

parents3

I had this thought the other day that I couldn’t shake… that our worries follow and haunt us. I started to sketch and ended up with a comic where love destroys the worries. The hubbahubba looked at it and said “But it wouldn’t happen so quickly.” And I agree, some worries we can fight with love and some we carry with us.

Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend ^_^

running

runningjournal

this is a page from my journal ^_^ due to a variety of things that are shifting my focus, i will be posting on tues, thurs and saturday only for the next few months. have a happy week!

for my boo

boobee

for my boo, my hubbahubba, my best friend, happy birthday!

comics & vinyl

comicsvinyl

this will be the last image for awhile, i have a big time-consuming project (but very exciting) on my hands. see you in a bit ^_^

lessons i learned from music #1

lessons

this is a very rough page from my journal, i use it to work out a lot of my stress… it really helps sometimes to write and draw it out ^_^