Exciting Updates!

Sorry about the silence . . .

I made it through Hurricane Irma A-okay. Right now, I am in New York for a few months which puts most of my writing work on hold. But I have a few projects I plan to be working on while I’m up here.

One project is the Silver Foxes comic that I’ve been drawing. I took a little break from it, but plan to pick it back up while I’m away. I don’t have access to a scanner or anything for the moment, but I can at least get a lot of penciling done.

My second project is a bit of a secret right now, but I hope I can get it done by the new year.

Project three is working on marketing. I’ve been taking a class, and got some really good ideas about how to market my books. So far, I’ve learned about Facebook ads, how to leverage a Facebook page to make maximum impact for those ads, and BookBub ads and featured deals. Can’t wait to try out what I learned.

But the most important project is getting ready for my book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon. You see, when I was sent the galleys from my publisher to review–about 2 weeks ago–I overlooked the most important sentence of the e-mail. I have a RELEASE DATE! And what is it?

***Feb. 20, 2018!***

That’s when my book will be released. I am so excited! I’m going to spend the rest of September finalizing what I’ll do for promotions and then work on it from October onward. Look for posts involving crafts inspired by the book or character profiles or things like that in the near future.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

 

Art Supply Showcase

So I’ve been carrying my art supplies in a zip top bag that’s so worn with holes that my pens slip through sometimes. Since my friend lent me her sewing machine, I finally got off my butt and made a pencil case. Here it is:



It was pretty easy too. I used the pattern found here:

http://crazylittleprojects.com/2014/08/pencil-case-tutorial.html

Easy pattern to follow and it stitched up easily. I had fabric on hand so all I had to do was buy the zipper. So much win!

I also thought I’d give you a look at my art supplies. I don’t use anything fancy, but I’m excited about the dip pen I use for my graphic novel adaption. So here’s what’s in my new pencil pouch (and some things housed on my desk).

These are my mechanical pencils–a very, cheap version that I got from Target a few years ago. But I’ve long since used up that lead. Right now the lead I’m using is from the Dollar Tree by my house.

Next are erasers. I’ve got a white plastic eraser and a kneaded eraser. I really like the white eraser for erasing pencil lines after inking.

Then my set of pens. The slim black one is a “Le Pen.” It’s waterproof but not alcohol proof, but I can work around it. The fatter black one is a cheap pen from the Dollar Tree that works surprisingly well for inking my casual work. The pink and brown pens, I use for writing.They are Pentel Ink Joy pens that come in a pack of 10 or so. They write like a dream and are inexpensive. I have two more packs for when these run out.

(Pay no attention to the chewed up pen cap).

Here’s my dip pen. I love this thing. It gives me such clean, crisp black lines that scan beautifully. It makes my love my lineart. This one is a Speedball Calligraphy Pen that came in the pen and ink set. Very cheap and I love it.

Here’s the ink I use.  The small one came in the same set I got my dip pen in. It SUCKS! It dries too quickly and makes drawing a PAIN. But the big one is the Speedball India Ink Superblack ink. I love it. Not alcohol safe, though.

Now the reason I’m going on and on about the alcohol safe feature of my pens is because of the alcohol markers I use. I use the Spectrum Noir markers. The one above is in my pencil kit because I ordered a replacement for one of my markers and when it came it was the right casing but wrong color. I want to make sure I don’t confuse them with the others. The company said they’d send me a replacement, though. So that’s nice,

Rulers. One clear, one metal. The clear one is good for seeing through it so I can be sure where the line is going. The other is longer.

White craft paint and a cheap brush. Used to cover up mistakes made with my dip pen, and to add whites to the eyes when I draw the GN.

So that’s it. Those are my supplies I’m using to draw the Silver Foxes Graphic Novel. Hope you had fun on my little tour.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

It’s Beginning . . .

So this week, I completed the first 11 pages of my graphic novel rendering of Silver Foxes Vol. 1. Lettering, toning . . . it’s all complete. So my plan is to start uploading it on deviantart here: Silver Foxes GN starting on Monday, April 3, 2017.

My plan is to update every Monday and Thursday.

In the meantime, I’m working on chapter two in the background while getting back to writing a novel as my main focus. If I do an average of two pages a week, I’ll always be a head of the game.

I hope you all enjoy it when it comes.

Oh, and Celebrity Dish is coming. E-book pre-orders are open!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

A Brief SetBack (And GN Update)

A lot of times when I am following what God has told me to do, I feel like it will be easy or it will be successful. That’s not necessarily the case. Just because you’re obedient, doesn’t mean you’re not going to fail. For example, when Jesus sent out the disciples in Matt. 10, He told them what to do if people didn’t accept their message. In fact, He was up front with them and told them that they would be persecuted and arrested. Obedience didn’t keep them from getting hurt.

So when I started on this Graphic Novel project, I had to remind myself that it wasn’t going to be easy and it may not be successful.

I started out well, the first few pages were beautiful, and I was pleased that I was able to draw a decent ruined Jelu. But then came pages 8 and 9. I guess part of it was that I wasn’t feeling well, but my drawing that day was awful! AWFUL! Later that day I went back to it, and I was appalled. Every panel had something I had to fix, and one panel had to be completely redrawn from scratch. All my old insecurities flooded back to me: What am I doing? Why am I trying to do this? I can’t do this.

I was obedient, but not successful.

But instead of giving up . . . with all my insecurities ringing in my ears . . . I prayed for strength and ability, sucked it up, and tried again. My redrawn sections were much better. Not perfect, but my best. And no, I still can’t draw a speeder. Though I tried. I imagine that when I get better at drawing, I’ll come back and redraw what I have right now. But what I have will have to do.

So I’ve moved forward. I’ve finished penciling the first 11 pages of the GN–that’s Chapter 1. Next week comes inking.

On a more positive note, I got me a dip pen set. And I LOVE it. I drew and inked the GN’s cover for practice, and it’s the first time I’ve ever liked my line art. Oh, those crisp, beautiful, black lines! I love them. I also got my proof copy for Celebrity Dish so I’ll be working on that too.

Anyway, that is all.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

GN Update

Well, It’s happening.

I’ve started on the Silver Foxes Graphic Novel. I’m going through one chapter at a time–revising, making a script, and drawing, inking, and toning. I’m up to penciling page 5.

The first chapter will be 11 pages . . . so it’s going to be a looong ride.

The old Chapter 1 started off as two pages. It was surprisingly good for adapting in GN form, and I didn’t change much during revisions. After I finished revising it, it turned into 3 pages of prose. Not bad.

However, I consider this the easy part. While I’m only going to revise and draw one chapter at a time, I have already finished the overhauling the plot. And not much is the same.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

If you haven’t read the first Silver Foxes book, the following does contain spoilers.

While the revision I’m planning still has J.R. meeting Xena, taking her home, Max kidnapping and experimenting on her and such, the way in which I go about it is completely different. For instance, Chapters 2 and 4 go into how Celeste escaped Terrance Claybourne. J.R. no longer threatens a bulldog in Chapter 3 nor flirts with the store clerks to get free stuff. And he no longer experiments with tech in his basement. And those are just a few examples. So yeah . . . lots of changes. I think they’re for the better, though; they make more sense.

***END SPOILERS***

My plan is to separate this GN into three parts–because of the length and to keep my sanity. I plan to upload the pages after I’ve finished them, but I’m toying with the idea of releasing them in book form for purchase as well. When I’m finished the entire revision of the story, I may also release an update of the book. We’ll see. That’s still far, far away.

I hope this will turn out well. My ambitions sometimes get away from me. But either way, this is a project I must see to completion.

Even if I can’t draw a speeder . . . yet!

I also couldn’t draw a ruined city up until 3 days ago. =)

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Moving Forward

I know next to nothing about comic creation. Let’s start there.

So since I know I don’t know much, I’ve been looking online for resources for how to create them. I found several artist/professionals on YouTube who post videos showing off their tricks and techniques. Here’s a list of those I’ve found most useful:

Mark Crilley

The most important thing I learned from him is that my art doesn’t have to be perfect. His art isn’t perfect, and that’s okay. He accomplishes amazing results with his use of tone and lines and perspective and such. So I don’t have to like every detail of my art to achieve a good end result. That is incredibly freeing to me. My work doesn’t have to be perfect (though that’s not an excuse to phone it in).

He also uploads a ton of how-to videos that are incredibly useful and informative.

Talart

While I don’t subscribe to her, I love this video on inking with your wrist. I’ve already sketched some pictures I’m going to use to practice the technique. It seems to result in smoother lines.

Yuuike

She has an ongoing series about how to create a manga, so I subbed to her in order to get notified of the rest.

Natalia Batista

Another one I don’t sub to, but she has incredible lineart! So flowy and elegant!

I also mentioned that I planned on creating a short comic to practice my technique. I am so glad I did. I made so many mistakes! But I’ve learned a lot too. Like, no shortcuts. I just have to draw everything myself, and not rely on my photo editing software. Also, I learned that I like the results better if I use markers than if I tone on the computer.

I’ve done finished 1.9 pages, and the third I’ll get to Monday, maybe. Then I’ll upload it and concentrate on the main project. I feel so much more prepared, but still a little apprehensive. Particularly about that opening shot of Jelu’s destruction. *Sigh!*

People have also commented on dA to encourage me and to offer help as I go on this journey. Thank you. You know who you are!

As I’ve continued in obedience, God has brought so many people and things into my life to help me accomplish this. I’m so grateful to you all!

-M.R. Anglin