May 17, 2015 Transcript:
Li and Peter stand facing each other with wooden swords, preparatory to dueling. While Peter’s eyes are open, his stance ready to strike, Li instead holds his sword in a graceful martial form and his eyes are closed.
PETER: How are we supposed to practice dueling when your eyes are closed?
LI: Master teaches that “True strength comes without effort; thus the eyes need see no movement when the inner eye is open to stillness.”
Both stand in silence.
CAP – PETER (overhead): *
Peter SMACKS Li with his sword hard into the ground.
Li lies dizzy on the ground. Peter brandishes his sword excitedly.
LI: I may have misunderstood him.
PETER: Oh I think you’re doing great. Let’s go again!
In case you’re wondering why I kind of stopped having time for the blog these last few months.
Found my Lady of the Lake.
Married on January 24, 2015. Everything I ever hoped for and more!
Live painting online. Come check it out! Come watch! http://ow.ly/DVIiW
…indeed, ’tis come, my friends, to talk of many things…
Alright, peeps, it’s time to finally start opening up about this project I’ve worked on for the last four and a half years. We finished the writing of it back in May. (And yes, it took a while. But it was worth it. I think you’ll love it.)
It’s for kids ages 8-12, roughly 30,000 words (relatively short), and I plan on illustrating it as heavily as possible!
(So great to be back on my home turf of illustration. Writing was a totally new experience. But I’m grateful to have the basics under my belt, and we’ll be doing more stories as time goes on.)
The novel is about a young spider. You’ll find out more over the next few months.
Today I finished putting together the 3D model photo reference for the book cover. Check it out!
This is the first 3D model I’ve done in well over a decade, and the second one in my life. All I have to say is, WOW, now that I know how to do it, creating photo reference is dramatically easier.
There’s still a number of things that I’d rather do with live photo reference for now—such as moss and texture.
Watch it live!
The book cover painting is happening live via my account at livestream.com throughout the next ten or fifteen days. Either tomorrow or Wednesday I’ll break out the paint brush.
For the last few years I’ve worked hard on a somewhat secret project. If you follow my blog you’ve no doubt heard me mention it.
Well, it’s just about time to start letting the cat out of the bag…
Come next week I’ll reveal the initial character designs for the main character, and then I paint the book cover live through my online video streaming account.
This is a huge part of my life and I am so excited to share it with everyone.
‘Till next time.