Mar 10

GN Update

Well, It’s happening.

I’ve started on the Silver Foxes Graphic Novel. I’m going through one chapter at a time–revising, making a script, and drawing, inking, and toning. I’m up to penciling page 5.

The first chapter will be 11 pages . . . so it’s going to be a looong ride.

The old Chapter 1 started off as two pages. It was surprisingly good for adapting in GN form, and I didn’t change much during revisions. After I finished revising it, it turned into 3 pages of prose. Not bad.

However, I consider this the easy part. While I’m only going to revise and draw one chapter at a time, I have already finished the overhauling the plot. And not much is the same.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

If you haven’t read the first Silver Foxes book, the following does contain spoilers.

While the revision I’m planning still has J.R. meeting Xena, taking her home, Max kidnapping and experimenting on her and such, the way in which I go about it is completely different. For instance, Chapters 2 and 4 go into how Celeste escaped Terrance Claybourne. J.R. no longer threatens a bulldog in Chapter 3 nor flirts with the store clerks to get free stuff. And he no longer experiments with tech in his basement. And those are just a few examples. So yeah . . . lots of changes. I think they’re for the better, though; they make more sense.

***END SPOILERS***

My plan is to separate this GN into three parts–because of the length and to keep my sanity. I plan to upload the pages after I’ve finished them, but I’m toying with the idea of releasing them in book form for purchase as well. When I’m finished the entire revision of the story, I may also release an update of the book. We’ll see. That’s still far, far away.

I hope this will turn out well. My ambitions sometimes get away from me. But either way, this is a project I must see to completion.

Even if I can’t draw a speeder . . . yet!

I also couldn’t draw a ruined city up until 3 days ago. =)

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Feb 24

A Test of Obedience

A few weeks ago I posted on “Obedience in All Things.” I attempted to be real and talk about an area where I had failed. Well, I am making progress on doing those three things I referred to—the three things that I had neglected for so long. But now here comes the test of that resolve.

One of the things that I had neglected was working on my drawing skills. I’ve never described myself as an artist. I’ve always said, I am a writer who draws, nothing more. Truth is, I had given in to comparing myself to others who have much more talent than I do . . . people I can never hope to catch up to. In essence, I ignored God’s command to use His gifts for His glory. Instead I thought to myself, “There are much better artists than me out there, so let them handle it. After all, the Church is one body, right? We’re supposed to encourage and support one another. They can do the art, and I can do the writing. Win-win.”

Sometimes the greatest lies are near-truths.

While it’s true that the Church is all one body and we are called to help and support each other, nowhere does that give us license to neglect whatever gifts God has given us. Five talents or one—He decides who gets what, and I have no right to call what I have “not good enough.”

So anyway, I’ve been drawing again, and I’ve made progress. Now here comes the test: I feel God is leading me to draw my series, Silver Foxes in comic format.

Me.

Myself.

My art.

My goodness!

My usual excuses disappear in light of the things I’ve learned over the last few weeks. “I’m not good enough”—no excuse. “I can’t draw it as well as so an so” —no excuse. “No one will read it”—no excuse. “It’ll be a downgrade in quality to what people have seen on my book covers before”—no excuse.  “So and so can do a much better job than I can”—no excuse. “But I’m not good at comics”—no excuse. All I can do is my best to God’s glory. Anything less is not good enough.

No excuses, Mich.

I am scared stiff as I write this. Tears are coming to my eyes as I reflect on the magnitude of the project and the insecurities I will face and am facing right now. But obedience knows no fear—or rather fear and obedience have nothing to do with each other. I may fear, but I am committing myself to being obedient. The project may end up failing, but I will push forward.

To prepare myself, I’ve been working on a short, wordless comic featuring Max and Celeste. It’ll help me familiarize myself with how best to ink and draw backgrounds and such. It’ll also help me learn my photo editing software, and it will be an introduction into toning. (I thought about making it in color because color hides drawing mistakes, but I don’t want to hide my flaws in this case. I want to expose them in order to learn how to fix them).

This will also be an opportunity to revise Silver Foxes Vol 1. Let’s be honest, that one is not my best work. It was at the time, but now . . . I cringe. I haven’t read it since I released it in book format because I don’t want to face it. But once I let myself believe that maybe I can be my own artist after all, so many ideas on how to fix it flowed into my mind.

You probably won’t hear much about this for a year or so . . . (maybe sooner, who knows?), but I plan to keep working on it behind the scenes. In the meantime, pray for me and keep me in your thoughts. I’ll be moving forward with fear and trembling.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Feb 17

Jessica!!–New Book Art.

So I’m in the middle of revising the next book in my Silver Foxes series: Celebrity Dish. It features pop singer, Jessica! I’ve started drawing again and so I came up with this:

 

(The blue of her tail feathers are a bit off, so I’ll have to adjust the colors)

Jessica is a bird of indeterminate species. She loves to take inspiration from all bird species and put them into her in-public costumes. This particular costume is her new look that will be unveiled in the book. It’s based off of the peacock, the male Spatuletail hummingbird, and the female Raggiana Bird of Paradise. Here are some links to pics of each of those birds.

http://www.bitlanders.com/blogs/marvellous-spatuletail/3130378

http://www.peafowl.org/

https://www.beautyofbirds.com/raggianabirdofparadise.html  –> Scroll down until you find the female one.

I love the pic, and I think it will make a perfect book cover. In the past, I’ve had Tazia Hall help me, but I’ll be tackling this one myself—with my own art. Sort of a leap for me. I want to make this cover look like it’s the cover of a magazine.

One problem: I’m not so good with my photo editing software. I’m passable, but . . .

My vision for Jessica is to have her outfit all sparkly. I’m not sure how I’m going to accomplish that.

But that’s a post for another day.

Book 6 will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Feb 10

The Spiritual Battle is Upon Us

So I started a devotional with my Bible Study called, The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. I highly recommend it.

I’ve been doing the workbook for one week, and already my prayer life has drastically changed. Not only that, but I’ve seen a marked improvement in living a victorious life. The book is about being aware of the spiritual battle waging around us. We need to be prepared for it by putting on the armor of God—the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the gospel shoes, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit. But the author starts the study by discussing what she considers to be the lesser-known, underutilized, 7th piece of God’s armor: prayer.

She starts by explaining that we are all in a spiritual battle that manifests itself in the trouble we have in our lives: those broken relationships, those people that get on your last nerve, your financial troubles, the circumstances that get you down . . . all those things. But here’s the thing: those people and circumstances aren’t your real problem. They’re the symptoms of the real issue.

So we have to pray and fight against him and his forces using weapons that work–the Armor of God. Plus, we have to stay strengthened in the Lord and activate the armor with prayer.

The book is teaching us not to give Satan too much credit–God has already given us the victory–but to be aware of him because he’s prowling around looking for someone to devour. I no longer want to give him the opportunity to devour me or the ones I love.

Satan does not like my new resolve. Since I began praying specifically against Satan’s attacks in my life and my writing and the lives of my friends and family, he’s attacked me more and more–from my emotions to my family to my health.

Yeah, I think he realizes I’m not taking it anymore. I haven’t won all the battles, but I am winning more than usual. I’m aware of his attacks, so he’s not going to make me into an easy mark anymore.

And I have God on my side too, so . . . his days are numbered.

Next week we start on the Belt of Truth.

Oh, and one more thing: Really, Atlanta Falcons? Really?! I don’t even want to talk about that!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin.

Jan 13

Obedience in All Things

Okay, I’m going to be real for a second.

First let me say that I am a Christian, and I take my faith pretty seriously. I may not always talk about it online, but I try to make my faith permeate everything I do and write. And I believe that God speaks to us through His Word and through His Spirit and that he has a plan for everyone. And I believe that when He asks us to do something it’s for our own good and so that we can accomplish the things He’s put us on the earth to do. I say all this so you can get some context in what I’m about to tell you.

I am surrounded by so many people who are called by God. He has put a dream in their heart, and I’ve tried to encourage them to accomplish that dream. But at some point or another those people have not taken the steps that are so obvious (to me) that God has told them to do to accomplish their dreams. And it’s so frustrating when they have struggled because I’ve seen what they should do, but they can’t seem to see it. And even when I remind them of what God has told them to do, they seem to forget the next day!

That being said, let me get real. The other day God showed me that I, too, have been disobedient to what He told me to do. Talk about HUMBLING! There are a set of three tasks that He directed me to do, but they’ve fallen by the wayside for various reasons. And the tasks aren’t even that difficult.

But God is gracious to me. And He’s gracious to the people I love who aren’t doing what they’re supposed to.

So I’ve started again.

All I can do is apologize to Him and continue on. And have grace to those around me who are not being obedient. God, help me to show grace because my frustration is born out of love for them . . . because I know if they continue being disobedient they’ll never accomplish their dreams.

Lord, help me be loving in all things.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

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