Not-So-Mermay and More News

It's been some time since I last updated you guys! A lot has been going on these past few weeks. Lots of drawing, writing, schedule wrangling, and soul searching. I make no excuses. Thanks for sticking around during this bizzare haitus.

Meg and the Golden Fish

Mermay whizzed by fast this year. I am in awe of all the amazing art that came from the challenge. Though I can't claim to have worked on a new drawing every day, I'm happy to say that Meg, the main character of my book, has been getting lots of love this month. Let me explain.

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Originally, Meg and the Golden Fish began as a children's picture book. You know, the standard 32 page kind. But despite writing draft after draft, and painstakingly drawing out each page, a voice kept telling me that it wasn't enough. I wasn't satisfied with the story's length. It didn't feel natural.

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This feeling was solidified after it was pitched to a publisher. It was both a great learning experience and an overdue wake up call. Since that pitch, I've reevaluated where I want this story to go, and found that trying to cram it into 32 pages simply isn't going to make me happy. I like stories on a much grander scale, where there is plenty of room for world building and character development. Think Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, or Avatar the Last Airbender. Meg wanted more time, so that's what I'm giving her.

Now I have plans to turn Meg and the Golden Fish into an illustrated novel. Crazy? Absolutely. But when characters want to speak, I've learned to listen. Many artists that I admire have gone on to produce passion projects by following their inner voices. It takes work and dedication (not to mention a tremendous amount of courage), to go against the current. But the results never disappoint.

I hope that you'll embark on this crazy journey with me. The book has its own page here, which you can visit periodically for updates to the story. I aim to share snippets and concept art with you as the process continues.

Other News

My work will be showing in a joint exhibition in July, at the historic Philadelphia Sketch Club. Come say hello if you're in the area!

Look out for F(r)iction 11, the next issue of the fantastic literary magazine that I have contributed to for the past several issues. No spoilers here, but I can promise you it's going to be awesome.

My work will also appear in Chaosium's new RuneQuest RQG and accessory Gamemaster's Pack. RuneQuest will premier May 28th, 8PM EST on Twitch TV. My work is on their blog from time to time, like in this post!

Alright friends, that's all I have for you right now.  Remember to sign up if you'd like to see more from me in your inbox, and visit my shop on Society6 for some art prints and other cool stuff. Have a lovely day!