iPad/Procreate/Jot Touch painting of my friend Karen’s blue heeler, Darryl.
I am overwhelmingly pleased with tomorrow night’s episode, the story of Korra and Jinora’s venture into the Spirit World, “Chapter Ten: A New Spiritual Age,” exquisitely written by Tim Hedrick, skillfully directed by Ian Graham, and mind-bogglingly animated by Studio Mir. Lots of superlatives to throw around to everyone involved.
I did this illustration to celebrate my warm fuzzies for the episode, featuring calligraphy by S.L. Lee, PhD. Same time as previously-not-always, Friday at 8:00pm/7c.
A few human Raava concept sketches for the Beginnings AU with Kyonz!
Shortly after Raava begins traveling with Wan, she adopts a human form to better understand the way of the humans. Her initial appearance is older, but she de-ages as she grows weaker from Vaatu’s increasing power.
I designed Raava, but in all the time we worked on those episodes I never once thought of how she might look as a human. So it was a delight to see the flood of anthropomorphized fanart once the “Beginnings” episodes aired. In hindsight, it makes sense that people would imagine that, especially hearing her very-human voice, but for me she was always a kite-squid-spirit thing.
Of all the cool and amusing human interpretations of her and Vaatu, this is one of my favorites so far. Exquisite drawings. And I love the idea that she grows younger as her power wanes!
AND HERE WE GO. Pitch artwork for The Nameless City. A couple of illustrations, the main characters (designs not final, ugh, forever designing these characters) and pitch sequentials, which will be redrawn for the final comic. Of course. ;)
Back in 2010, after finishing Friends With Boys and before starting Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, I had a long talk with my publisher First Second, where they asked me what I wanted to do, long term. I said I wanted to do a comic like Bone. Meaning that I wanted to do a longer form story in a non-contemporary setting that focused on character and gave me the chance for me to draw things other than school lockers. ;) I was feeling really burned out on drawing contemporary stories (with a couple exceptions, The Last of Us, and Ice, all of my comics have been set in a contemporary environment), and I wanted to try something different.
I’d been developing a story idea while I was working on Friends With Boys, something to just mess around with, and it was starting to go from something I did for fun to something I was interested in pursuing. It was about two kids in a sprawling multicultural city, one an educated member of the ruling elite, one a damaged street kid. I imagined this giant sprawling story inspired by parts of the history of the Silk Road, where commerce forced enemy nations to work side by side … First Second took one look at that pitch and was like, nope! XD
So I went away for a couple years, drew The Last of Us: American Dreams and two volumes of Bigfoot Boy, and re-developed the story from the ground up. During those years I spent a lot of time with my three favourite stories, Bone, Fullmetal Alchemist and Avatar: The Last Airbender, taking them apart and looking at what parts I liked best. In the end, it all came down to character.
I stripped down my very long story and returned it to its roots: two kids, opposite worlds, one city.
Its been a very long road to get to this point, but I’m so happy it’s finally happening, and I think this story is SO MUCH BETTER for those additional years working on it. Thank you so much to my agent, Bernadette Baker-Baughman, who really encouraged me to pursue this project, and to my editor Calista Brill, who pushed me to make this story so much better than it was at the beginning. I am so lucky to be able to work along side these women.
So! This will be a huge project for me. Probably the next 3-4 years of my life. It’s a little (A LOT!) scary, but I’m so excited. I’ve been wanting to do something long and challenging for a while, and I think I’m ready. I hope you will enjoy it. :)
I’ll be posting more Nameless City stuff this week. I’ve been developing this comic for 3 years, so I literally have piles of development work. Hopefully it’ll be interesting to you to see where the story started initially and where it ended up.
Congratulations, Faith! This looks amazing already and promises to be an incredible project. I can’t wait to read it and feast my eyes on page after page of your awesome art.
Awesome job! It all came together wonderfully.
DONE! I love him so much :3
"We have a winner!"
I just heard the news last night about the norovirus that infected several students and staff at CalArts, forcing the closure of the campus. I hope everyone infected recovers soon.
Hopefully when everyone is feeling better they will get to have their epic Halloween party soon, which had to be cancelled. Here’s a photo of me by my friend Josh from the last one of those I attended back in 2001. I had no idea what was going on.
This week, a few of us got a real treat and visited master blacksmith, Tony Swatton, who made Sokka’s space sword for the web series, Man at Arms. Turns out his studio, Sword and the Stone is right up the street from Nickelodeon. Tony was kind enough to show us his amazing workshop and craft us a few small pieces of metal made from one of the chunks of meteorite he used to create the sword. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s well worth watching. His craftsmanship is incredible. The texture detail on the sword blade is amazing and I love the White Lotus emblem on the bottom of the hilt.
SPACE SWORD! The highlight of my week! Thanks, Tony!
Janet Varney, the wonderful person responsible for the voice of Korra, and Nickelodeon have put together a great basket of Korra swag for a worthwhile online charity auction, featuring: an autographed poster from San Diego Comic Con, autographed coffee table book, autographed soundtrack and DVD, Naga and Pabu plush, an autographed skate deck, and two t-shirts. The money raised will go to Mental Fitness, Inc. Here is a link to the auction, which ends this Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2:00pm PST:
Mental Fitness, Inc.
Mental Fitness is a national 501(c)(3)nonprofit that was created through collaboration with top experts in medicine, humanities and education to address a public health crisis facing America’s children. Working with Harvard University, Mental Fitness, Inc. offers an array of arts and media initiatives to schools and colleges around the country to combat life-threatening mental illnesses. Since its inception, Mental Fitness, Inc. has reached more than 500,000 educators, clinicians, parents and kids worldwide. Mental Fitness, Inc.’s FREE training initiatives incorporate more than 14 programs that are used to train school leaders, clinicians, coaches and parents about mental health, female athlete triad, stress management and healthy coping strategies.
Bidding for Good
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So if you have the money to spare for a good cause and some cool swag, jump in there and bid before Sunday at 2:00!
Well, I had been meaning to do something for Inktober all month and of course I leave it until I’m about to walk out of the office with less than two hours of Inktober left. Down to the wire as usual. It’s isn’t much, but well, there it is. And there’s always next year. Or Inkvember!
LOK Halloween time 2013 pt.1
Wizard Unalaq and his magic pumpkins.
Korra is back on this week, kicking off the month-long homestretch of Book 2. And what would Book 2 be without another new time? All of the remaining airings of Korra will start at 8pm/7c until Book 2 is over. Here’s the breakdown:
Friday, Nov. 1, 8:00pm – Episode 9
Friday, Nov. 8, 8:00pm – Episode 10
Friday, Nov. 15, 8:00pm – Episodes 11 & 12 (one hour!)
Friday, Nov. 22, 8:00pm – Episodes 13 & 14 (one hour finale!)
So you can see with those two one-hours it made more sense to start at 8:00, and to just air the rest all at the same start time.
Hard to believe it is almost over. These episodes, especially the last four, pack a serious wallop, so those are going to be two incredibly dense, juicy one-hours. It has been a long, hard road to get these episodes finished. In fact, we’re still finishing the last one! It’s always down to the wire with us. Have a fun, safe Halloween and I hope you enjoy the back end of Book 2!
In celebration of my friend Carli Davidson’s phenomenal new book SHAKE here are some photos I took of my dog Gunther doing his thing at a pool party this summer. Puppet Korra & Friends show off their copy which was generously gifted by Carli. And Lisa Yang’s wall decal photo of her dog, the Yam, barks out some love for our copies.
I CAN NOT HANDLE THE CUTE.
NOPE, STILL CAN’T HANDLE IT.
These are the children of a friend of a friend’s friend, an obviously stupendous parent named Ana, who made the Korra costume. I’m not sure where she got the Momo costume, but it is equally and ridiculously fantastic. I love Halloween. Thanks Awesome Family for sharing.