Book 2 Update and What’s New on the Blog?

Good Sunday to all! This is what it looks like around my place: (this is a page from book 2) img0026

Jinx the Junket, Book 2 is now all packaged up in neat little envelopes, ready to ship on Monday. I missed my special date of January 22, but no mind, the 24th is as good as any! Boy, did we get slammed with snow yesterday!

Keep warm, folks!

Book 2 Approved

This morning I got the word that the books are printed and were shipped this a.m. As the old gospel song rings: Soon, yes very soon…

Here’s a little quirky thing no one knows about me, but now you do… I’m not superstitious, but I have a thing for numbers and dates. One little tendency is to finish important things on dates that are already meaningful to me. For example, I always try to finish a painting on someone’s birth date. That someone is usually one of my parents or children or grandchildren. There are times I choose a death date of someone I loved. Which brings me to the ship date for Book 2! The books should be here within a few days, and I will probably ship them on January 22, the 21st anniversary of my dad’s death (I like calling it his Feast day, but the Church reserves that title for canonized saints.)

Okay! Now you know I’m weird with no uncertainty. As promised, I’ll be sending my Kickstarter backers a little extra something with Book 2… Coloring pages! It’s all the rage for adults to color intricate ink drawings. I’ll be sharing the first three pages from a little book I’m putting together about a bunny that wandered into my fairy garden, based on a true event. (view a drawing in a previous post about Thistle: Oct. 11, 2015) If you did not get in on my Kickstarter campaign, but really like the bunny drawings, a few of the pages will be available for FREE download on the Taradiddle page.

Hecock, Book 2: Jinx the Junket will be for sale in my store on this site, soon, yes very soon!

God Bless.

 

Meet Some Real Characters!

Let me introduce to you….

Belle Hecock, who is Burrell’s mother:

Aunt Hattie Zeller, who is Belle’s sister:

And Uncle Edward Zeller, who is Hattie’s husband:

Here are the models that subjected themselves to my picture taking, posing, and imposing!

Fortunately, they are all family, so I can torture them as much as I like. And I think they sometimes enjoy hamming it up for me.

Where Do These People Come From?

If you have ever pondered the question “Gee, how does she draw the same character in so many different poses?”

I have models. I tell them the story line, ask them to imagine what is happening, and then tell them to REACT impulsively to the scene. I like lots of exaggerated facial expressions and over-acted movements so that the camera captures an image I can turn into a “cartoon” figure. For example, on the first page of chapter 2. Scene: Hecock is holding his new baby cousin, who is obviously wet. First here is the photo of Steve, my Hecock model:


I do an ink drawing, changing the clothes, and, of course, drawing a baby in his hands rather than a rolled up sheet! I have to tweak the facial features because Steve has a longer nose, and a square jaw, unlike the slightly upturned nose and angular jaw of Hecock. You may have noticed the drawing is a mirror image. It worked better with the page layout to flip the image.

Next, I will show you Finzel’s model.

Welcome All!

So glad you are joining me in the writing and illustrating of Hecock, the historical fiction steampunk graphic novel. For the next several months, I’ll be posting bits and pieces of the novel, looking for a little feedback. Then on that much awaited 100th anniversary of the real life event of Burrell Hecock and the ice bridge over the Niagara River, I will begin to release the finished pages, one by one. The plan is to have the print version of the book published by 2013. In the mean time, enjoy the webcomic version and feel free to make comments!