The above is a sketch of our protagonist’s best pal, Neeja Uro. This character is definitely a foil to our hero Oriole; she’s confident, self-assured, and outspoken. If our main character wanted to make her life easier, she’d listen to everything this gal had to say—but then we wouldn’t have a story now, would we? 🙂
So, Episode 1 is way longer than I thought it was going to be 😅, but since this Episode is an introduction to our main character Oriole, the set-up needed to be pretty significant. It was important that readers understand her misbelief, all the problems affecting her work, home, and relationships, and just how much of a mess her life really is. Most importantly, the goal she thinks will make her life better–and what she is doing to actively try to achieve that goal throughout the story. It’s a lot I know, but I hope it’ll make the story that much more worth it.
The entirety of Episode one will drop for free this May.
Episode 1 is coming along. I’m about 50% done with the whole thing, but I’ve been giving it a lot of thought and I think it might make sense to release episode 1 and 2 at the same time. They really blend into each other story-wise and set the basis for the narrative. Everytime I’m close to my goal I move the goal post! We’ll see, since episode 1 is fairly long that I think it’s satisfying enough. Anyway, enjoy.
As I’m working on Episode 1 I’m thinking, (and most likely overthinking) on the fidelity of the art I’ll be making, and one thing is clear, I need to find a nice balance between visual communication and the time it takes to do so. I’m a one woman show so I’ll need to be able to sustainably do all the episodic writing, drawing, and coloring all on my own. Burnout is real in the comic industry, and I want to continue to have the same passion I do now, long into the future. I’ll also be working on a monthly cadence to balance everything else non-comic related. And the fidelity will be something close to the above (minus that nasty looking chair), I think it works. So we’ll see how this all pans out as I near completion on my first Episode!
I think the important thing is to be flexible within your creative streams, only do what you feel you’re comfortable with–and maybe a little outside of that comfort zone as well once in a while, and try to keep that creative fire burning as long as you can. I’m very excited to share the first episode of TBS with everyone soon.
Here’s a quick sketch I did of two of my original characters. Oriole & Ryn.
I’m dealing with some health issues right now so I’ve been pretty worn down and exhausted. I’m a little behind my self-imposed release schedule, but I do have this little bit of a sketch I can share. I’m also in the final stages of setting up my Patreon, we’ll see how that goes. Between all your creative writing, drawing, and whatever passion projects you’re working on— don’t neglect your health!
I do not have much in the vein of new art for you, so here’s a sketch I doodled this month of one of my OCs, Ryn. Why’s he so grumpy anyway?
I’ve been diligently writing episodes and outlines, but hopefully I’ll have some new artwork to share with you soon. 2023 is off to a great start. I successfully launched Tiny Chicken Island, (the sticker shop inspired by all the drawing I’ve been doing for the comic) and it’s kept me pretty occupied. But I promise you I have not neglected TBS that much, I’m making good strides. Comic production for Season 1 is slated for April 2023. More news to come soon!
Thank you for the support, I hope you’re having a good start to 2023. ♡