I'm in a great artistic as well as creative mood, there's a lot of stuff going on to really push me at the moment. I'm sure the watercolour workshop will profit from it, too. Just two more days!
The main reason for my sense of creative giddiness, though, is that my Rhyddion Chronicles have taken a huge step this week.
Most of you know they're my novel project, and most of you also know they haven't progressed very much in the past few years. I'd known the reason for a long time - in fact, a writer friend had told me some eight years ago (long before I was ready to accept it): I had a bunch of great characters, and a bunch of ideas, a general direction, but no story.
I also found I lacked a setting. So the last two years were devoted to developing the setting. I never thought I was capable of two years of world-building. Well, look what Aedan made me do.
But the one lack remained - I didn't really have a story. I had encounters, but they didn't go anywhere.
So this week, I met with a good fried of mine at Starbucks, armed with notes of the characters and a completely open mind as to where I wanted the story to go, and a double chocolate muffin, a king-size coffee, a Bionade and a turkey sandwich later, we had my plot outlined.
If you're ever stuck in a creative process - get someone you know you can bounce ideas off, and who's going to bounce them back with twists you never had, and voilá!
We slaughtered some holy cows in that session, too. But I'd actually been prepared to slaughter a lot more.
So - prepare for some artwork as well as revised chapters over the next months. I plan to really, really push the story now. Writing Heroes fanfic has taught me that I *can* write nearly four hundred pages in two years, even with school, with kids, and with commission work. And this time, I won't be hampered by not knowing where the heck I'm going.
Beware though - the story's going to be tragic, but then, you always knew that... and the double chocolate muffin never stood a chance of changing any of it.
Watercolour Tutorial Part 1: Materials [link]
Watercolour Tutorial Part 2: Painting Basics [link]
Watercolour Tutorial Part 3: Tricks of the Trade [link]
Not a watercolour tutorial [link]
Watercolour steps [link]
Chainmail tutorial [link]
NEW Photoshop tutorial [link]
OLD Photoshop tutorial [link]
My OLD Watercolour/Photoshop technique [link]
Pimp my sketch! (Parchment technique) [link]
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