Wilson Kane wins a fortune and his future bride at a game of dice from the former pirate Balthasar. When he decides to go and get the girl, the pirate way, by kidnapping her, not only he finds out that she is more than a pirate could ever want from a wife... but that she has 4 identical sisters as well.
This discovery hits him when his men, who were supposed to help him out, each kidnaps a different girl... and none of them gets the right one! But Wilson Kane wants the girl he had met and no one else! Luckily for him it will be the girl herself to solve his problem and put an end to his dilemma...
a solution that will eventually fling her into a new way of life, aboard the Alidivento, across the Mediterranea sea!
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
- What if everybody in the World decides to stomp the foot on the ground at the same time?
- What if sharks learned how to fly and started flying around cities?
- What if zombies decided to turn a leaf, became vegetarians and that improved their intelligence to the point they became politicians and stuff?
So before you even think of a character and a story there are a few things you want to think about: thesis, theme and what ifs.
Let's talk about What ifs now.
Storytelling starts from observation and understanding. Life is a story in itself and it is very very interesting, you just have to stop and listen to it.
You have to be: aware of your surroundings, curious and you have to question stuff all the time. Be observant and detached.
A lot of people will tell you that injecting yourselves and your personal experience in your story is wrong, that you shouldn't do that. That depends on how you do it.
This is something I've heard only in recent times because back in the days, if you were to take a creative writing class, the first thing they taught you was: write about the things you know.
So I have a feeling that these DONTS are just noobs' trend that sprouted around the internet, more of an opinion rather than a fact. I often read and giggle about sentences like: this is good idea and this is a bad idea... coming from people with no authority in the fields. So be careful who you ask your opinion to.
There are no such things as good or bad ideas. Ideas are ideas. It's how you develop them that makes them good or bad.
You cannot talk about yourselves turning your character into a "heroic you without defects" and letting him win all the time... that is wishful thinking. If you think that in that situation you would kick ass, you are not being honest about it and clearly you have never been in that situation.
I remember Osamu Tezuka talking about this point in one of the chapter of Boku no Songoku. He was making fan of his character, Sanzou, for always acting like a coward saying: what a whiner. Then the character turned against him, drop him in the comic, forced him to take his place and, as it turned out, Osamu Tezuka was even more of a coward than Sanzou and ended up apologizing to him.
You have to know yourselves and be honest about it, your faults are far more interesting than your talents. Maybe those are the things you want to inject in your stories.
Quite frankly I think that people always have interesting things to say, and so even when they talk about themselves, their ordinary, everyday, normal little selves... masterpieces are born: Blankets, Portugal, Mom's Cancer, Mauss... LMDV. I could go on for ever. They are gorgeous!
Your what ifs are always born from the things you observe and how your curiosity reacts to them. If you are standing in a white room and you think it's a boring room a what if about color might kick in: what if walls that change colors according to people's mood were invented? What kind of complications might that arise?
They also sprout from your fears. The flying shark idea... that's where it comes from: I am might afraid of sharks. If they were to fly... leaving the house would become quite troublesome... or funny.
So go in the World, observe, ask yourselves question and put down a list of what ifs... you can use more than one in your story. You can use one per character and you can even solve a what if and move onto a second one (that works if you have a serialization going).
But do start from simple questions and write them all down. Ideas are ideas, cannot be copyrighted and a lot of people think about the same ideas simply because we are groomed and molded in the same society.
It's how you develop your ideas that will make you different from others. This is when theme and thesis kick in. I'll talk about them in the next posts.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I am trying to see if I can do like last year, that every day, until Christmas, for the month of december... I give you one present.
I will also make the paper dolls requested, not all of them for Christmas. I was thinking about creating a Pea dolls with joints and give her little set of Christmas Princess-like clothes. What do you think?
You can use her as a decoration.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Chapter 16 is in the download section (the one called plunder) and Volume 4 is in the home of the blog, right column.
As you can see calendar 2011 has also been removed to make room for the new one, coming up soon.
From now on I will make a series of posts that are more technical... about how I approach storytelling and why I am pacing things as they are and other things about the construction of a story.
Of course if I were to receive more Voice entry I would post them.
After being so busy I am entering a talkative phase and feel the need to share a bit of behind the scene now that the story enters its final arc.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Today you get the very uninteresting post.
But sometimes I still get questions about how I do this and that.
My answer always start with: first of all you need space, a messy one!
The only thing this picture is missing is my green mug with coffee in it.
It is very important to keep sketchbook. Having scraps of papers and drawing flying around always results in two things: loss/damage of the piece; inability to place them in time and space (that is determine when you drew that and put your art in chronological order).
Proper storage of ideas is the other most fundamental reason to keep a proper sketchbook.
So let's say for example it's 1989 and you come up with a story about pirates... you write different versions then you store them away and move onto different things, you end up working abroad, in big studios... then one day you find the original story and thing: I do now have a thesis and themes I want to talk about that could apply to this story.
A stored idea is never thrown away, it is simply store. If your idea does not work now that doesn't mean you have to throw it away... it means you will be able to tell the story in the future. But for now, if simply isn't going anywhere, you have to put it in the attic and move onto a different topic. 20 years of professional experience will do the rest.
I have... 25 sketchbooks, more or less that span from 1999 to today. Before that I had flying pieces of paper and it's hard to find them.
For instance, currently, I have two small sizes sketchbooks: one has good paper in it, for watercolor, the other one is for sketching.
Yesterday I went out to do some Christmas shopping and I stop at the Toast Box for an afternoon break. That's where I sat down and drew the final 3 drawings for the 2012 calendar.
Now about the calendar drawings... you can see that I sketch them first in blue or green non-photo blue pencil. Then go over it with 2b graphite.
After that I go over the photocopy with a ball point pen to darken and thicken the outlines.
Then I make a second photocopy (putting more than one drawing in the same page) and I color that one with copic markers and ciao markers (I like the brush like tip, it allows me to do gradation and and give a painterly quality to some of my surfaces).
After that I use Derwent colorusoft to render on top of the markers.
That's why I think I'll use the photostudio in school to take photos of the finished illustration to use them in the calendar.
Eventually all the processes are cut out and glued into my sketchbook. Now this current sketchbook is made of very expensive paper.
I don't just glue on white pages, I glue on the ones that have unsuccessful drawings on them or are stained by the markers.
It is useless to keep unsuccessful drawings, beside one should never completely fall in love with a drawing, otherwise where does the room for improvement go?
At times I also glue other things in my sketchbook, like tickets and stuff. They help me place the sketchbook in time, tell me how long it spans, visually (even though I write a date at the beginning to remember when I started... my relationship with number is not good. I do have more of an eidetic memory, rather than a photographic memory, but I need a trigger to help me recollect things faster: let's say that colored pieces of paper do the trick for me much faster... so that, not only I remember things, but I remember flavors and smells in a split second).
Artists must never underestimate the importance of the use of all the 5 senses. If you only draw for the eyes you are loosing an important slice of your audience and you are transmitting less.
When you draw you must see, feel, smell, hear, taste all in one piece. You have to find a way, through color and poses, to convey all the five sense. Only then would your art come to life.
Here are some more example of my sketchbook pages. The ice-cream spoon is grom Grom, september 24th, Piazza di Spagna, Rome. Salty caramel flavor. Mhhhh... so good!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
(landscape) horizontal for the desk
(portrait) vertical for the wall
with the illustration on the calendar
illustration and calendar should be separated
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I have 4 different alternatives and I currently torn between the last two.
One breathes more but the other one helps the figure stand out better.
Maybe I should have "variant" edition! ha haha
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Remember how previously Castalia had surpassed Fickle in the list of Kane's favorite things? This is when she surpasses books.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Ci stiamo addentrando nell'ultimo volume della storia (anche se il finale vero e proprio sarà nel sesto volume, con gli speciali).
Ho dovuto anticipare l'uscita perché oggi sarà un giorno terrrriiiiibilmente lungo per me, ha ha ha, ma a voi non dispiace, vero?
I hope you enjoy it. This chapter marks the end of the volume as well. Which means we are finally entering the final volume of the story. (as usual click on the title of the post to go and read on Smack Jeeves).
Thursday, November 17, 2011
There's a bit of white gouache in this one.
Here is what elianthos has to say:
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Another Kane, wohooo, and this time around it's in Italian. So close your eyes (the voice actor does not match the face of the real actor) and listen to the sound even if you don't understand what's going on. XDDD
This Luca Ward:
Elianthos says: "Luca Ward's voice is 100% audioporn imho XD and he's often cast as a villian. A hell of a sexy villian at that. I think his voice could suit Cosimo's well in some key aspects, as in dark, dangerous, sexy and refined even at his most furious. Yet even at his mellowest it retains a certain edge, that extra something :Q___ . My only doubt concerns his register: when Kane sings he's a baritone. Maybe Ward's voice is a tad too low. But in my head whenever kane speaks I dub him with Ward's molten dark chocolate tones *ç* . On the other hand Ward's everyday non acting voice is quite compatibile with Kane's more lighthearted side XD. ---- Also... hear him reading poetry *_*: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WcyhqkSrU0 = Kane's 'bedroom voice' *ç* . P.S.: in the first video he stars as King Balthasar too ;p . Oh the serendipity. "
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Okay a little experiment I did the other day, again I am playing with gold leaf and this time around I used my pattern paper and did a bit of collage :P and also we have a brand new entry for Westley.
Fraxinus says: "And this is how I think of Westley's voice... like a young Dolph Lundgren. Though from what I read about Mr. Lundgren, I'd relate his character more to Kane, I think."
We have two more entries, elianthos has started snooping around, hunting for voices. I will post them tomorrow.
I have a very long day ahead of me today so... I hope I survive ^^"
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I still have to scan and post the picture of the Shallallas. I had actually draw that thing when we won the SJ award but I keep forgetting.
So Fraxinus says: " I imagine that Pea's voice sounds bossy like Meg (gal in the pink with the flower) and the shalala's are TOTALLY sounding to me like the "shalalalalala-AH" at the end with the backup singers."
I have to admit I am a total sucker for Susan Egan and... you are spot on - at least to me - it's her voice I hear in my head when Pea talks.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Here we have a suggestion for Aristotle: Groucho Marx.
Emily says: Groucho Marx is pretty pompous in HorseFeathers, besides, I chose him for the line "My boy, you took the words right outta my mouth. I'm ashamed to be your father."
I have to say it's quite true, his line delivery is outstanding (of course) and his voice is very very unique.
Very interesting entry, don't you think?
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
The other detail that doesn't show up very much in the previous page is that Rose gets to have her flashback anyways... but instead of remembering her first time with Jack, not another Unchained Moolody, she finally remembers that Kes had not been very nice between the bushes.
Last night we were on quail random on DD and today we are on random on Comicrank.
I was a bit worried about visibility and activities this days because I am not very present. I love when automated picks help us out a little bit!
Okay, so give me a couple of hours to collect the curiosities together :D
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
This is always from Leanne saying: "The shallalas, you know LOL"
Let's admit this... a lot of you posted the song in the comments the first the Shallalas showed up! Ha ha ha. Me too I sang it all the time while drawing that scene.
We also have to admit that somebody should fire Eric's hairdresser. Ha ha ha.
So anybody else wants to propose voices? Come on, now, don't be shy. I know that some of you don't agree with some of these selection what better answer than to propose a video of your own?
Otherwise I'll post mine too. LOL
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Saturday, November 05, 2011
3 more days to update.