I've finally finished chapter 2 of book 2. I loved drawing it because as you can see above, the romance really lights up and keeps building until the tumultuous end (that's the plan, anyway!). At the Comics Factory I asked a girl working there for a shojo recommendation. Of all the ones she mentioned, Mars seemed to be what I was most looking for so I could study more emotive panel layouts. It was just what the doctor ordered so I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Thank you Comics Factory girl!
In general I've been trying to lead a more balanced life. My usual day consists of a variation of walking, cooking, playing Zelda: Minish Cap, watching movies, and going to the gym. Not sitting down to work until 3-5pm, I still managed to draw two pages a day on average. The hard part is keeping it consistant, but taking lots of breaks and keeping the stress level down keeps me floating. Also, it helps a lot that the script is really fun to work on. I look forward to it every day.
Today Nucleus employee Victor, Aya Kondo, and I visited the best museum so far in LA (I have yet to go to the Getty). The Norton Simon Museum feels like a mini version of The Met, with an impressive collection for such a cozy building including Rubens, Goya, a gorgeous Degas collection, and Picasso. Not to mention the Southeast Asian section, filled with beautiful sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist mythological figures.
The best part was actually discovering Hokusai's work in the museum's gift store. I snatched up one of the many books they had about his illustrations. I've already devoured the book two times now and each image still feels fresh. It really makes me want to paint more! I have a feeling the book will be feeding my inspiration for a while.
I also have been going through the Little Mermaid dvd, which is still an awesome movie. The extras are great, I especially love the gallery of the 1940s storyboards and I loved "The Little Matchstick Girl" short. But all the making-of documentaries and tidbits about Hans Christian Andersen's life were awesome. If you haven't gotten the dvd yet, you really should.
By the way, as if you didn't get enough of me from the broken frontier interview, there's another interview with me over at animeboredom.co.uk for those who are interested.
Well... tonight was a long night. It's 5am now... time to go to sleep and start fresh in the morning. Hopefully these past two days of finishing touches will allow me to get back into my effort of being more balanced! Oh wait... there's still Food From The Sea to paint before the end of the month. Ah well... it'll be fun! I really love spending time in that world. =)