Lost Behind the Ink Cloud

“Oh! Surprise! Didn’t see you there… Uh, hello, Denizens of the Deep, we interrupt this comic to tell you that we’re — ”
“definitely not stealing apples and stuff off of Root’s boat or any docks whatsoever!”
No, no, my eight-armed friend, what we really want to say is that our creator is still working behind the scenes on our story, and —”
“what is behind the scenes? Is that like when I hide behind my ink cloud?”
— well, yes, sort of, she is using ink to make our story! She wants us to be patient and find stuff to keep us busy in the meantime. She’ll be back soon.”
“What’s soon? A turn of the tide? A turn of the sun? A turn of the moon?”
“I don’t know, these land-people have a different sense of time than we do. Let’s just go keep busy, and see if we can find some more land-stuff that’s fallen in the water.”
“Now you’re talking, two-arms!”

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Yes, folks, I’m still alive! — I’ve just been snowed under with a veritable tempest of other projects, including scripting ahead on this one. But the clouds are parting, and the sun is shining on the glittering waters of free time again. So, more than a tide, less than a moon, and I’ll begin posting here again. — Karen

Hold the Press — the Characters are in Charge!

Hello, Seafolk! This is a quick note to let you know I’m putting updates on hold for a while — the reason being that I had a major brainstorm about the plot and need to do an extensive re-write of the next scene, which will affect the whole outline down the road.

A bit about my process: the whole story arc is loosely outlined to the end; I have left it that way because webcomics have a way of developing as they go, getting thicker and richer. I script the pages, down to the least bit of dialogue and exchange of glances, about two or three scenes in advance, before I set pencil, pen and brush to paper. I want to know pretty much what I’m going to be drawing, as that is the really labour-intensive part, and I don’t want to be doing any of that over! But even that mutates between thumbnail sketches and the full-sized page as ideas to make it better flow.

You’ve no doubt noticed we’re heading in to a new scene — in my script I had only allowed for a brief meeting with just Annabelle; but some other characters are clamouring to get into the act, and as I think this will substantially improve what is to come, as well as move the story along nicely, I’m giving them their heads. However, it’s not just this one scene that will be altered; the changes I have in mind will reverberate clear down to the end of the outline.

In the meantime, I have been doing quite a bit of character and location sketching (and will obviously be doing some more!) and I’ll make a few posts here on the blog to talk a bit about my process. Wish me luck in not getting lost in the plot (if you don’t hear from me soon, send out the dolphins)!

Hunter guesthouse KGA

Preliminary sketch for Hunter Island Guesthouse.