Niagara, Here We Come!

Next weekend Jay and I will be touring the Falls area with artist friends Rose and Jim Gauss and Patrick the Bootlegger: catching some awesome fireworks over the Falls in Victoria Park, tasting some wine (at more than one vineyard, I’m sure) and ending the trip with a stroll through the Grand Canadian Steam Punk Exposition! Patrick has some surprises in store for us, I hear. One of them is “sticking us on the Maid of the Mist” and a walk out onto the bridge where locals tried desperately to rescue Burrell Hecock. If I have the courage to look down, I’ll try to pry my fingers off the railing long enough to take some photos of the river below. Yes, I’m afraid of heights. (But my husband is afraid of widths, so we make a good team.) During the visit, I hope to run into Dan Hill, grandson of the renowned stuntman/riverman Red Hill. Should be a hoot!

In the mean time, take a gander at my latest (but not quite finished) character poster: Jules McLaughlin, Voice of the Falls. She will be my fictional newspaper reporter who just happens to be there to do a feature on Ice Bridge Fashion Wear. I think she finds out that Grappling Irons are the latest must-have accessory.

Jules poster

 

Moving right along, Page 15

I’ll bet no one notices that i forgot to put the speech in all caps. Sheese, I just noticed it myself! I need to tweak Hecock’s face… doesn’t quite look like him. But then, he’s frowning deeply, brows furrowed, eyes full of remorse and worry. That kind of emotion changes your look a bit.

Tomorrow I need to kick this into high gear, and get working on the finished stage of the pages, i.e. texture, color, refining ink lines, and correcting the grammar and spelling blunders that you have pointed out (thank you.) I don’t know how much of chapter one will be totally finished by February 4th, but what I do have done will be released on the blog that day. I’ll continue to post until the entire book is done. Spread the word! And a link! Thank you all for following.

Page 14 Redo

I took all comments into consideration and came up with this composition. It definitely makes more sense now. And the orders are being yelled from Chief Kelley who is not in the frame. As for the bottom frame, I realize it is difficult to understand what you are seeing, but it will be clear once the shading and coloring are done. Thanks for all the observations!