Friday, October 26, 2012

Angles






Sometimes when you're drawing a character, it's a good idea to get them from a couple angles.  That way you don't get stuck composing a picture because you suddenly realize you need the character to face the other way, and you have no idea what they look like in that direction.  

This is my attempt to get my mouse detective from several sides.  As you can see, some of the pictures turned out better than others.  Donovan facing left took me two takes to get right.  The middle right-hand picture actually looks like him.  The one on the left looks like a mouse Mountie.  (Sigh.)  

 It's sort of like putting a character into different types of situations in order to see what they're made of.  If they're recognizable from any angle, you're doing something right.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Connections

I was thinking about how much I love the plot to `It's a Wonderful Life.'  Not the movie so much (it always bothered me that the Jimmy Stewart character never got to travel like he'd always dreamed of doing) but the idea of one character's absence having such an effect on the world around them.  It's a fun thing to play with in your own stories when you happen to feel insomniac (like this week for instance.  Sigh.)  You get to ask yourself what would change?  Who would be most affected?  Of course, in a `save the world story' the answer might be too obvious.  `Everything is now an apocalyptic wasteland.  Then end.  Is it really one in the morning?  Can't believe I have to work tomorrow.'  If you dig a little, though, there might be all kinds of more personal changes; someone who didn't get a word of encouragement when they needed it most.  The little old lady who hurts her hip because the hero wasn't around to mow her lawn.  There's something warm and fuzzy about the way people interconnect.  (And if you find nothing would change, you can always cut the character.)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Good news

Today we found out my dad's numbers are down enough that after two more sessions he'll be off chemo (for awhile, hopefully for good).  We are very much rejoicing.  Mom is calling everyone she can think of with the news.  We've had so many people praying for us, praying for my dad to be healed.  It's amazing to see God honor that.