BEHOLD. Her Majesty in Solid Gold! WHY, you may ask? Because I wanted to do a special splash page to mark the fifty page point of The Wayward Queen… And what better way to do so than with a solid gold statue of the Queen! Complete with tourists. And Seagulls. And gold filigree on every available surface, because you can never have enough gold filigree. (All right, this is a trifle past the actual fifty page mark, there were a few delays… But close enough!)
I may have gotten a little carried away with the “mixer” brush in Photoshop. Once you start using it, it’s kinda hard to stop… :P
So, this Saturday it was raining, so I thought I’d go to the Brooklyn Museum and check out the Sargent watercolors (excellent exhibit, by the way - check it out if you’re in the area. Several rooms of watercolors that make you say “how does he DO that!?”) Anyway, afterward it had stopped raining, and was rather balmy out, so I thought I’d walk through the park. Since it was a museum day, I had no sketching gear with me. So OF COURSE all the critters were out in full force. There was a night heron posing and catching fish right under a footbridge, and a raccoon crossed the sidewalk right in front of me and then paused halfway up a tree to stare - AND ME WITH NO SKETCHBOOK, ARGH!!
So I attempted to sketch on my phone. These are the better results. I have to say phone-sketching is one of the most painfully slow and awkward mediums I have ever attempted, so I don’t think this will become a regular thing. But hey, whatever works.
Gosh, do you think I should flesh out this part of the plot? Maybe??
Trying to sort out a few upcoming scenes in The Wayward Queen, obviously some of them need a little work… ahaha…ha… (The plot is getting so convoluted I need index cards to sort it out, so I’m using this Index Card app. I love it.)
(Purple cards mean “figure out what goes here.” Obviously.)
Page fifty-four of The Wayward Queen is up! In which some sort of introductions take place… I seem to be notoriously bad at getting characters to introduce themselves. Many is the sprawling epic comic where nobody ever learns anyone else’s names! Nicknames abound in my worlds.
(Yes, I am aware Vitalia hasn’t properly introduced herself either. I suppose she’ll be addressed as “kid” for a while yet… :D)