New Year, New News
Story Writing Status
I finished Draft #4 after a marathon writing session while I was sick with the flu. The thing about Draft #4 is that I wrote it out by hand on notebook paper. That was a hell of an effort considering I have carpel tunnel! Anyway, Draft #4 was completed on January 06, 2018.
It is now January 17, 2018 and I have started on Draft #5 (which I am this time typing on my laptop). So far I have finished writing the Prologue and Chapter 1. I’m not too tired yet so I’ll probably go back and write Chapter 2 before the night is over. The special thing about Draft #5 is that it will mostly likely be the final draft.
Once I finish writing the story in full, I will get to work on the story boards where I break the story down into visual frames. After the story boards and all the concept art is completed, I’ll be able to start work on the illustrations for the novel. Will I get that all done before the end of 2018? I don’t know yet. Want to help me?
Promotional Art Debut
I have created a new promotional artwork entitled Never Back Down which features both Shelby Bly and Joel Rio. It’s a non-spoiler artwork. The new artwork can be found on the Promotional Art page.
I will be creating more new promotional artworks soon including artworks which feature characters from the novel other than Shelby plus more with Shelby and others.
So far all of the posted promotional artworks are spoiler-free. Some of the artworks I have planned include spoilers but I will figure out something so that those who don’t want to see any spoilers can skip seeing those artworks and only see the non-spoiler artworks if they so choose. Stay tuned!
Concept Art Creation
I updated several of the Concept Art pages for the Character concepts. The following character concepts have been updated with new main renders: Shelby Bly Child, Young Blair Nimway, and Robert Bly. The following character concepts have been updated with new alternate outfits (seen in the tabs box): Shelby Bly, Joel Rio, and Maia Avanti.
I’m currently working on more concept art including more character, more alternate outfits, new locations, and new props. Stay tuned because the next update will probably be a deluge of concept art.
Since I have or am about to finalize most of the main characters, I will soon begin work on the Official Shelby Bly Project ACEO trading cards. These cards will be available for sale here on this site plus they will be offered as donation gifts. I’ll post previews as soon as I settle on a design. The cards will be printed by professional printers with two sides and measure 2.5″ by 3.5″ (like a business or other trading card). No idea of a price point yet but I hope to make them very affordable. That will only be possible if I print them in bulk and to do that I need to know how much interest there is in them. If you’re interested in these proposed trading cards, please send me a message or leave a comment at the bottom of this news post.
I first thought I would make a one-shot shorter comic to help “sell” the graphic novel but now I’ve decided to just focus on creating the novel itself. I’ll worry about “selling” it later. So if you were waiting for that, sorry! I think it’s best, all things considered, that I put my main and sole focus on creating the graphic novel itself.