I hope 2014 already works out for you so far. As you might have noticed I am not uploading as many images as I once did, indeed there are many sketches and drawings left, that are unpublished. However. Things are getting there.
This is a quick update, so you know what I am doing at the moment. First: Client work. There is a lot to do for me, which is good. The second point is, as always, working at my personal projects. The mainproject is, of course, Forlorn Knights. And I am happy to tell you that I got the opportunity to be one of the first people to have access to the Motionbook tool here on Deviantart.
I played around a little bit. Let me say it needs major improvements, but it's already quite cool to play around with. With this chance my goal to an illustrated storybook (kinda) is again one step closer. I am still writing my rough plots before continueing with the actual chapters. I want to be done with both halfs of the story-script at the end of 2016.
But don't worry, I plan to finish the first half at the end of 2014 or early 2015. Meanwhile I will try to play around with some storyboard'ish motionbook scenes I will highly likely draw like Manga (black and white), as it's for the scene itself and not for the art (otherwise I might do a full rendered, coloured, work, which is the case for the actual finished work I plan to be started after the full story-script is done).
I hope you will stick with me. During my development there is more to show up in my gallery on dA, as well as a Development-Blog I will start soon. As for the actual story: At the moment, only those who are really interested, might be able to figure out some stuff by watching my gallery and what is written underneath each work. (Easier way is to look for the actual Forlorn Knights folder, so you definitely know what work is done for the story)
I only need to name a couple of characters and to fill some little gaps. With each step I do it will be a lot easier to put everything together at the end.
So far it will be like this:
- During this year I will try to complete the first half with all chapters written as a kind of beta-version (text)
You might be able to read them when you somehow understand the German language. However, I try to catch up with translations to English as soon as possible.
- During the next year I should be about to write down the second half of the story, all chapters after the half finale to the end, written as a kind of beta-version (text)
- At this point it should be end 2016 or early 2017, all the writing is done. From that point in time I plan to illustrate the story and do a revision of texts and dialogues of each chapter I am finalizing with images. Maybe some things might change or be even extended, but the overall story, the characters, etc. won't change at all. They will just improve over time, so it will get more interesting.
I can promise you: Whenever I get the chance to work on my project without having to worry about earnings (that are right now needed to be made with client work, and that slows down the process of the personal developments), I won't do anything else but working at my content.
I also wish I could just sit down one year to combine working at my personal project(s) combined with an intense skill-training, without having to pause due to other needs. Ah well, so many wishes...
But as you read I planned things, and as long as you stick with me you will always learn more about the story, the characters, the thoughts, etc.
As for the Motionbook tool: I might also do some sketchbooks or drawing/painting tutorials with it, as this is a great way to practice working with it's functions. When I finally put my whole Forlorn Knights project together, as well as other yet unrevealed future projects, I of course want to be an expert of using it properly.
That said, I wish you all the best for whatever you have planned. Be persistent and you will reach your goals.
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