Starting out the new year on a high note!
"We submitted Little Karl back in November for a review through Reader’s Favorite, a fairly well-known free book review service. The reviewer gave the book five stars, which adds it to a list of five-star books on their site, including adding their five-star seal to the e-book version’s cover. We will soon be updating the Amazon Kindle version to reflect the seal and adding a snippet of the review to the description." - Michelkin Publishing
Read the review HERE
I'm testing out how I want this story to look. For the final work, I'm going to scan all the images and add text on the computer. I know I said I want it to be entirely by hand, but I want the text to look professional and have sort of a Nausicaä Vibe. All of the inking and coloring will be by hand.
I was also looking through Little Karl last night and realized how proud I am of that story. The whole project was a lot of work, but now I know that I have the stamina to produce a fully finished story.
In many ways, I feel that writing and illustrating poetic stories is the next frontier for me. I'm so inspired by the watercolor manga of Hayao Miyazaki and I want to illustrate my own worlds like he does.
This is a rough sketch of the style that I'm trying to convey with my new story. It's a story about a teenage girl named Soma who dreams about leaving home and traveling on her own. But once she leaves her home, she enters a world that she didn't expect. I'm doing everything 100% by hand, which means it will really push my limits as an illustrator and storyteller.
I've decided that during my Winter break from teaching, I'm going to be writing and illustrating a watercolor story entirely by hand. I've had this idea before, but I finally feel like my skill level is high enough to produce something special. It'll also be nice to have something that I'm consistently working on. I'll post sketches and updates as I work.