I am a notebook fiend. I have many notebooks for different things. I have a notebook for strange stories that I hear, a notebook for my story ideas, a book of comic book ideas, a daily journal, a book of metaphysical things I learn, a book of picture book ideas, a to-do book, a book of writing advice I learned, and a book of characters. I am thinking of starting a sketchbook with just drawings of cartoon monsters.
I started the book of characters to list types of people for possible inclusion in my novels, comic books, or picture books. I wanted to list interesting people (made up or real) and be able to see them on paper so that I could imagine what it would be like if they met each other or if they were thrown together in certain situations. The list I started was sort of boring in the written form. Since I've been inspired by Lynda Barry's work lately, I decided to draw and paint characters right on the lined paper like she does. It doesn't matter that the paper buckles. It's sort of charming that way and I love how the paper sounds when you touch it or turn the page.
This is my first page of drawing in this book of characters:
I haven't written on the page yet, but I plan on describing this person a little bit. She is a combination of two people that I've seen at the gym. She works out with guys at the gym and when I see her she pretends that she doesn't see me even though I've talked to her before. I imagine that she thinks I'm a Chatty Cathy because I know a lot of people at the gym and end up talking to them.
So, I'm celebrating Lynda Barry and her inspiration for my book of characters.
My artist friend, Angela (http://angelagilmanart.blogspot.com/), offered to share a booth to sell my artwork with her and her twin sister at one of the conventions coming up. I got excited about it and decided to do some paintings on canvas. I couldn't start without straightening up my workspace, so I got a shelf from the garage and filled it with books that inspire me. Yay!
I got my scanner to work properly (I previously thought it was broken) and scanned all the pages of my dummy picture book. So far so good...
What are you celebrating?
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