So...what free pockets of time do you write and concept? I can never find the time!!!
To me, concepting a new story, world, and/or characters takes three phases:
- reading/research/experience : Where you gather information relevant to your story and characters. You’re a sponge, soaking in every aspect of inspiration related from anything from your theme on down to your character’s quirky habits. This is an ongoing process and you should never stop.
- thinking, ideating: stewing the ideas in your mind, forming learned, applicable solutions. Cutting ideas that don’t fit with your master plan (theme, point of your story, story arcs). Bouncing ideas off of people, feeding budding ideas with new cycles of research. etc.
- writing down ideas, pitching them: This phase reminds me of inking a sketch. It’s not JUST tracing over ideas I have. This is about refining. Pitching is about knowing my concepts well enough to communicate those ideas (formally or to trusted friends), presenting my ideas, accepting feedback, and starting the process over again.
I’ll fit research into anywhere it’s appropriate to be on a smart phone or to read a book: waiting in line at the grocery store, for instance. This is my main form of research. For hands-on/experience stuff, I’ll schedule opportunities like visits to museums or events that correlate to my story. I’ll admit the latter happens less often.
Thinking/ideating can happen anywhere; I enjoy it best on long walks, while driving, or in the shower. Sometimes it takes some conscious effort to keep my mind on track, though. If this happens, bouncing ideas with a friend for half an hour or so helps focus me.
Writing is usually what I do “the evening before” our project meetings, but I also squeeze it into lunch breaks. And sometimes I’ll have already done it along the way as I think.
Sometimes even lunch breaks, going to the grocery store, 30 minutes to talk to a friend, walks, etc. are a luxury so my best advice there is: just do the best you can do, at the pace you can do it. Assuming this is for your own passion project without a hard deadline to meet, sometimes all you can do is go inch-by-inch to walk a mile. At the very least you’ll be an inch farther than if you decided to do nothing. And remember: Part of your job is just living life- how else to write believable characters and life situations? - so have fun and take days off despite your busy schedule.
Thanks for the ask! Good luck with your own endeavors!
Will the project with the kids interfere with your Taffetas one?
It only takes away time when we have our evening meeting (my prime time for Taffetas work), and usually the evening before so I can prepare my notes. This meeting only happens once every 2 weeks or so.
I don’t know how or if we’ll divvy up concept art so my involvement in that process will determine how much it’ll cut into my time. It hasn’t taken much away from Taffetas or any other work yet because I can do most research, concepting and writing in weird little pockets of free time during my day rather than the sit-down-and-draw-for-a-solid-block-of-time I still have to do for polished art.
Thanks for asking!
lunch sketch of (my interpretation) of some characters I’m developing with friends for a cool side project. I really need to push my poses more…
So far we’ve only been doing a lot of writing and a little bit of doodles along the way, so this isn’t anything official. Kind of the equivalent of a napkin sketch. But I am inspired working with a fresh storyline, using the skills I’ve worked hard to learn for Taffetas on a different concept.
Double Shot is finally online! Thanks to the entire crew for all your hard work. On to the next adventure!
idk, drawing juices aren’t really flowing tonight. I kind of want to make the angel an OC but sadly not a lot of time to roleplay XDD.
Another one of my e-cards is out! And it made it on the front page of the website :)! This was another one I did completely- directed, designed, and animated. The hand-lettering at the end is by designer/illustrator Mirna Stubbs and the music is Hallmark-owned. I really wanted to play with lighting and atmosphere and I’m pretty proud of the end result, even though I would do some things a bit differently now.
Received word that this e-card is being submitted to this year’s KC AIGA awards (not sure if it’s in, yet, but we’ll see). Last year, my e-card, You Are A Gift to Everyone, was accepted.