May 26

Up, Up, and Away!

So I’m going out of town today.

I’m going to visit my grandma who’s turning 105 this year. 105! Can you imagine?

Whoo!

So that’s what I’m up to this weekend. Maybe I’ll come back with pictures, but I’m not a big picture taking person. I’ll try to discipline myself.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Apr 28

An Old Wound Rears its Head . . .

A short time ago I asked the people on my writing blog to let me know what they wanted me to write about. (I was running out of ideas). And what should they ask, but how to write humor and how to put emotion into your writing?

*sigh*

I have no idea about how to write humor, so that’s something I’ll have to research. But the emotion thing . . .

I used to feel solid about reaching my readers emotionally until I got a harsh critique from an editor I was querying–they said my dialogue was sterile and emotionless. It drained my confidence, and I’m still getting over it. But instead of shying away like I would have at one point in my life, I moved forward. But I still couldn’t put my finger on what the editor was talking about. What connects readers to writing?

But thinking about this question my reader asked, I think I have it:

-Character

-Plot

-Word Choice

At the very least those three topics are a start. See, you need a character that readers will identify with—someone they care about. Otherwise, who cares if anything happens to them? Then the plot needs to create a vivid environment where they can feel the danger or sadness or whatever. Then the word choice will underscore the characterization and the plot. Stronger words=stronger writing.

As I continue to think about and prepare to post on this topic, I may come up with more ideas on how to put emotion in writing. But I’m glad I figured out where to start.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Apr 21

Art Supply Showcase

So I’ve been carrying my art supplies in a zip top bag that’s so worn with holes that my pens slip through sometimes. Since my friend lent me her sewing machine, I finally got off my butt and made a pencil case. Here it is:



It was pretty easy too. I used the pattern found here:

Pencil Case Tutorial & Tips for Cutting Fabric with a Cricut

Easy pattern to follow and it stitched up easily. I had fabric on hand so all I had to do was buy the zipper. So much win!

I also thought I’d give you a look at my art supplies. I don’t use anything fancy, but I’m excited about the dip pen I use for my graphic novel adaption. So here’s what’s in my new pencil pouch (and some things housed on my desk).

 

 

These are my mechanical pencils–a very, cheap version that I got from Target a few years ago. But I’ve long since used up that lead. Right now the lead I’m using is from the Dollar Tree by my house.

Next are erasers. I’ve got a white plastic eraser and a kneaded eraser. I really like the white eraser for erasing pencil lines after inking.

Then my set of pens. The slim black one is a “Le Pen.” It’s waterproof but not alcohol proof, but I can work around it. The fatter black one is a cheap pen from the Dollar Tree that works surprisingly well for inking my casual work. The pink and brown pens, I use for writing.They are Pentel Ink Joy pens that come in a pack of 10 or so. They write like a dream and are inexpensive. I have two more packs for when these run out.

 

(Pay no attention to the chewed up pen cap).

 

Here’s my dip pen. I love this thing. It gives me such clean, crisp black lines that scan beautifully. It makes my love my lineart. This one is a Speedball Calligraphy Pen that came in the pen and ink set. Very cheap and I love it.

Here’s the ink I use.  The small one came in the same set I got my dip pen in. It SUCKS! It dries too quickly and makes drawing a PAIN. But the big one is the Speedball India Ink Superblack ink. I love it. Not alcohol safe, though.

Now the reason I’m going on and on about the alcohol safe feature of my pens is because of the alcohol markers I use. I use the Spectrum Noir markers. The one above is in my pencil kit because I ordered a replacement for one of my markers and when it came it was the right casing but wrong color. I want to make sure I don’t confuse them with the others. The company said they’d send me a replacement, though. So that’s nice,

Rulers. One clear, one metal. The clear one is good for seeing through it so I can be sure where the line is going. The other is longer.

White craft paint and a cheap brush. Used to cover up mistakes made with my dip pen, and to add whites to the eyes when I draw the GN.

 

So that’s it. Those are my supplies I’m using to draw the Silver Foxes Graphic Novel. Hope you had fun on my little tour.

 

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

 

Apr 15

Happy Good Friday!

That says it all–even if it’s a wee bit late.

Today is the day we commemorate what Jesus did for us on the cross. And I am so grateful for it.

Okay, so maybe the title doesn’t say it all.

Have a good Easter when it comes. But we wouldn’t have Easter without Good Friday.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Mar 17

A Brief SetBack (And GN Update)

A lot of times when I am following what God has told me to do, I feel like it will be easy or it will be successful. That’s not necessarily the case. Just because you’re obedient, doesn’t mean you’re not going to fail. For example, when Jesus sent out the disciples in Matt. 10, He told them what to do if people didn’t accept their message. In fact, He was up front with them and told them that they would be persecuted and arrested. Obedience didn’t keep them from getting hurt.

So when I started on this Graphic Novel project, I had to remind myself that it wasn’t going to be easy and it may not be successful.

I started out well, the first few pages were beautiful, and I was pleased that I was able to draw a decent ruined Jelu. But then came pages 8 and 9. I guess part of it was that I wasn’t feeling well, but my drawing that day was awful! AWFUL! Later that day I went back to it, and I was appalled. Every panel had something I had to fix, and one panel had to be completely redrawn from scratch. All my old insecurities flooded back to me: What am I doing? Why am I trying to do this? I can’t do this.

I was obedient, but not successful.

But instead of giving up . . . with all my insecurities ringing in my ears . . . I prayed for strength and ability, sucked it up, and tried again. My redrawn sections were much better. Not perfect, but my best. And no, I still can’t draw a speeder. Though I tried. I imagine that when I get better at drawing, I’ll come back and redraw what I have right now. But what I have will have to do.

So I’ve moved forward. I’ve finished penciling the first 11 pages of the GN–that’s Chapter 1. Next week comes inking.

On a more positive note, I got me a dip pen set. And I LOVE it. I drew and inked the GN’s cover for practice, and it’s the first time I’ve ever liked my line art. Oh, those crisp, beautiful, black lines! I love them. I also got my proof copy for Celebrity Dish so I’ll be working on that too.

Anyway, that is all.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

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