Where Have the Merfolk Gone?

Hello, finny friends! The merfolk, Sami, and I have been exploring the deeps of a new kind of ocean: the Sea of Improved Eyesight. I won’t go into the details here; if you’re curious, you can read a couple of my blog posts here and here about it. Suffice it to say, hard on the heels of recovering from the month of bronchitis (and missing several conventions), I had cataract surgery/corrective implant in one eye, a month of very wonky eyesight, and finally the second one a couple of weeks ago.

I’m now learning how to draw again, with the aid of drugstore reading glasses; it will be six weeks before I can get prescription ones to truly even up my eyes. (I feel like I’ve passed another official milestone into senior-hood — got the discounts, got the cane, got the reading glasses, sheesh!).

I do have a small stack of Mermaid Music pages in pencil stage lolling about the studio, but as I’m trying to catch up with deadlines for two book projects (one of them another sea book!) right now, they are languishing in the queue. At this point, I’m projecting mid-to-late September to get the story going again. I find myself just wishing I were writing a novel — each page takes so long!

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Mermaid Music pages, stuck in the plankton stage! 

The Zooly Art Challenge (rhymes with July) has been helpful in keeping me at the drawing board; I’ve had to resort to big loose paintings, not at all like my comics with the nice inked outlines and all. You can see the development in the posts I’ve been doing here, here, here, and here. If you’d like to get involved, we’ve decided to keep going beyond the month of July, and form a Facebook group with weekly instead of daily challenges. You’ll be able to find that through the main Zooly Facebook page for information on how to join. There are people of all levels there, from beginners to pros, so it will be a great place to hang out, wherever you’re at in your creative practice.

So thanks for being patient with my fits and starts — Mermaid Music will return after the summer. *cue music* See you… in September!

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4 thoughts on “Where Have the Merfolk Gone?

  1. Just popped over to your blog; I found a post about doodles — you’ve certainly got what it takes to learn to draw comics! It’s not a talent, just like writing — it’s working at it steadily, and I’ve been doing it a long time (and still, always, working on getting better!). If you would like to know a bit more about the process, I have a whole series on my main blog, based on a comics class I teach: https://karengillmoreart.com/category/comics-class/ – start at the bottom to have them in the right order.

    And a lot of people just write for comics, rather than doing the whole thing; I’d recommend The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel (I know, that title…). There are also lots of links in the last (top) post of my comics class series. As for finding an artist to collaborate with, investigate groups like Comix Central, where artists will indicate if they are interested in collaboration or work for hire. Some comics companies will also accept script submissions, and pair you with an artist.

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