Sunday, February 08, 2009

I'm stuck, seriously stuck...

...that's why I'm blogging instead of sketching.

I have this spread I'm working on. In it the character is writing a letter, and thinking. And feeling. She's thrilled, hopeful, and outraged, all within the span of three sentences.

There are many names used in the text, people the character is writing about, so I could picture some of the people. But the problem is that all of these people will be used again on the next spread, as cameos. Picturing these people again, people whose faces will not be immediately recognized by anyone, seems redundant to me. Their names, in my opinion, will be more important to readers than their faces, at least on this particular spread.

In my original thumbnail sketches, I proposed showing the character sitting in a chair, writing letters. No, that's not particularly exciting. In fact, it's downright static. So as I expected, my AD asked for something different. But she asked for something more active. I'm struggling with how to make a quietly-written scene more noisy.

I've sketched out dozens of ideas — mostly active, imaginative, almost collage-like images — but I keep returning to my original sketch. I had hoped to finish these sketches by the end of this week, but I have the feeling I'm going to be stuck on this spread for a few more days. But I do like a challenge, so this isn't a bad thing.

Back to the drawing board.


Christy Stallop said...

I have no idea about what the scene looks like, nor what the text reads...but what if your original sketch has these magnificent names popping of the page? would that work? Sorry your struggling with this!

rindawriter said...

Hi, Don! I'd keep the original sketch as a reference at the very least because it may look better to you a little later, you can never tell!

Hope to be dropping by more often in the summer, BEST2U and yours, Rinda