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.
Lately, I've been loosening up by drawing Zentangles. They are a wonderful way to expand your imagination, and they work much the same as meditation. My latest "tangle" is titled "Eye of Niagara", as it is inspired by the Niagara River Gorge rapids and whirlpool. As most of you know, this is where our hero, Hecock, is headed! You can pick up one of these cool cases at Zazzle.com. OR you could win one in my upcoming contest!
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.
Poor Finn! He really feels the dire situation that Burrell finds himself. The Niagara is a terrible wonder of nature, with power that is frightening, all contained in that one gorge.
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