Friday, March 26, 2010

Latest Wednesday Figure Drawings

I'm pretty happy with this one. Though there are some issues with proportion, the pose is nice and fluid. Often when I render a figure more fully it starts to stiffen up, but this one worked out nicely. I just need to work on my proportions before I jump right into rendering!

We had a great model this time, a very fit man who looked to be about in his 60s. He struck some really difficult poses.

This was a model from a few weeks ago. It wasn't one of my better drawing days but I at least got a couple of quick drawings that looked OK.

And two more of the previous model.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My YA Novel I Dig a Pony

So this is meant to answer the question, "What is your book about?"

When soliciting an agent to sell your book to a publisher, there is something you must write called a query letter. You also have to be able to summarize your book in a few paragraphs. Here's a few things I wrote this morning towards that end. Not a query letter, just some early attempts to come up with some language to describe the book. Of course If I were writing this for a proposal or query letter it would need some seriously editing.

My book isn't too terribly high concept so I have no fear of anyone absconding with my great idea. This is the basic premise:

Horses are a popular subject among girls, but most novels about horses are written for younger readers. I Dig a Pony is a book about horses for older girls reminiscent of the books they may have read when they were younger but written from a more mature, contemporary perspective. To get an idea of the tone of I Dig a Pony, imagine Misty of Chincoteague if it were written in the style of Rachel Cohn.

This might be something I would write in the opening of my Query letter: some reason why someone would want to publish my book and some indication that it resembles other contemporary fiction in the genre. Rachel Cohn wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist which, although nothing at all like the book I wrote, is written in contemporary language for the same age group that I'm going for. Cohn is hot stuff right now due to the recent popular movie based on her book, so I thought mentioning her would demonstrate that I know something about the present condition of young adult fiction.

Edit: My synopsis of this book was premature. I'm still working out the kinks.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I Finished Writing my Young Adult Novel

It's called, "I Dig a Pony" and it's 61,164 words, about 200 book pages.It took about eleven months to write. I'm going to get a few friends to read it to get some feedback and then I'm going to do a final revision.

I don't know quite how to talk about it yet--it's not easy to describe it and still make it sound interesting. Maybe once other people read it they'll give me a clue as to how to go about doing that.

I know this isn't much of a blog post, but if you're curious why I haven't been posting that much artwork lately, this is why.