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30 December 2008 @ 06:04 pm
And when I say a real challenge it's a polite way of saying tremendous pain in the ass  
A bit of good news, finally: I seem to have finished my script for A Kidnapped Santa Claus. I say "seem" because I will undoubtedly fine tune it as I go.
This is the first time in my entire life I've scripted out an entire story from beginning to end, and I gotta say, I don't know how you people do it. It was an ordeal! Trying to create scenes, just picturing them in my head, only with a keyboard and no visual component was a real challenge. Ideally, we'll see this paying off with the drawing phase of the book going a lot faster (I hope so since my deadline is closer than I would like!) and hopefully it will all have been worth it. Of course, it's not like I had much choice in the matter since my normal way of working (one page at a time, letting the story take as long as it takes).
One change I made along the way was how I'm going to draw Santa Claus. Originally I was going to go with a very cartoony Santa, in a sort of Rankin-Bass style:

But lately I've been leaning towards doing him more like Thomas Nast, complete with cross hatching:

I wonder if I'd be allowed to show him smoking? 
Anyway, the plan is to start page one on Thursday. Wish me luck!
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Current Music: "I Shot the Sherriff" by Bob Marley
plansparcbordelais on December 31st, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
good luck!!
gazbotgazbot on January 2nd, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
good luck!
I also applaud your choice to work in a more detailed style now taht the deadline is closing in on you.
Alex Robinsonalexbot3000 on January 2nd, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: good luck!
Well, only Santa would be cross-hatched. The rest of the book would be in my typical economic, childish way.