Wax on, wax off

Unbelievably it’s nearly June and the wedding of the year is over (see earlier posts…) and executed in spectacular fashion.  The lovely newly-weds have sailed off into the sunset, specifically the Maldives, so I’m not jealous at all.

No really!  Well, maybe a bit, but I’ve just had a week in Cornwall at the smaller but beautiful Fowey Festival of Words and Music.  Lots of interesting events, as much Daphne du Maurier as fangirls like me can handle, and a wonderful and inspiring location.  And the magnificent Richard and Judy!  Given the full schedule I barely touched my sketchbook, but making up for re-purposed time now.

For a long while, in between projects, I’ve been working on a book in the shadows – picture book, graphic novel, maybe something entirely different, I’ve been reluctant to put a name on it – but it feels like the time now to start documenting it properly.  Various pencil illustrations and mentions are on the site but don’t really have much context.

So in the hope that, like announcing you are ACTUALLY giving up smoking to people will mean that you REALLY do, here’s some of the sketch and background work for my project:

Storyboard page - Faber-Castell brush pen
Storyboard page – Faber-Castell brush pen

I’m also hoping that having really given up smoking will mean that I get this done.

I’ve been trying to flesh out the narrative via storyboard, in addition to using my traditional and very descriptive notes. This is really helping to visualise sequencing, angles and point of view as well as the story so I guess I am feeling my way as I go.

I have been looking at, researching and reading around the late 18thC and London for a while now, in various ways, and discovered the brilliant Guildhall Library and Southwark Local History Library and Archive.   Not to mention using the BM’s Collection Online with a vengeance, somewhat ironic really.  My story is very much set in London, closer to the river than us, in the ‘wild west’ of the time, in what is turning out to be a fascinating period of London and social history.  I’m enjoying the fact that my bus commute and city travels have become something very different because of all this thinking and looking!

Sketch for Southwark street scene - Faber-Castell brush pen
Sketch for Southwark street scene – Faber-Castell brush pen

And as you might expect from me there will be some darkness and gothica…

Sketch for the visit - Faber-Castell brush pen
Sketch for the visit – Faber-Castell brush pen

I’m starting to flesh out the major scenes in more detail, in this way, which I think will help me to develop the characters and mood.  I think it will also very quickly highlight where the gaps in my research are.


And soon for something completely different – but I’ll have to wait to post that one…!

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