Saturday, February 14, 2009

Moody Philip

This particular moment is mentioned in the book, but not seen directly. There's a lot of scenes that had to be cut because Tabby wasn't there to see it. Following different characters in the narrative is a lot more acceptable in comics, I think, since it is more visual, like film. But switching character perspective in prose can be a little jarring. At least, with my limited writing skills, it was pretty jarring!

But it wasn't wasted time. Every written paragraph is a lesson learned, and goodness knows I need a lot of those little lessons!

Happy Valentine's Day, by the way. Tonight, Kazu is taking me to dinner. I hope you all have something nice planned too, and if you're single do something nice for yourself! Who says love is reserved to those who are coupled? It's important to show yourself some love too! :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Raed with his hair down

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One of Tabby's many outfits in the first book, and a snippet of a scene where Tabby finds Raed praying by the tree at the top of the spire (featured two posts down). Sometimes I wish Rema could be a 2D animated film, but then it almost immediately gets eclipsed by the far-away dream that it could be live action. In which case, I would want someone like this to play Philip! Song Seung Heon is too old now, but he was the original model for Philip's face in high school. Philip's character design has morphed a bit since then.

But before I start daydreaming, I should probably finish the actual book. I'm on the last chapter now, and feeling a little nervous. It's difficult to figure out how to end it. After going through so much with the characters, I want there to be some feeling of conclusion, but I want to leave it open for the next two books without a cliffhanger. It's tough!!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Tabby has insomnia

Another drawing. This is Tabby in a robe in her pj's, stepping out at night and thinking about Philip's future. She is standing in front of Philip and Raed's house, which sits at the top of a tall rock spire. The tree is where Raed worships his goddess, Rema. Click to see the rest:

Here's a really bad diagram of where she's standing: diagram. About two chapters left before grammar checks and final edits...

P.S. Go see Coraline in 3D for some really beautiful puppetry. :)

Friday, February 6, 2009

More Reman Novel sketches

Some more sketches. It's been really helpful to do these before writing. It gets my head into the habit of dreaming. I'm on the climactic scene at the end now, with about 3.5 chapters to go before I go through it all again for grammar, spelling, and final touches. There's about 3-4 chapters I might have to rewrite completely, but I'll find out when I get there.

Here's a drawing of Hiida walking. She's one of my favorite characters to write because she's so messed up haha! Click the thumbnail to see the rest:

Tabby and a new character named Islen (she's one of my favorites too), getting ready for a fight. Click to see the rest: