Over the weekend I finished up a little experiment, to see how a comic would come out done with loose, sketchy, quick pencil. It’s a 21 page short, and is now free to read over at Small Stories!
Hey everyone! Gosh it’s been ages. Largely because I tend to want FF posts to be lovely things, illustrated and with time taken over them…but when time’s not there, I think I’d rather post what I can instead of leaving this series so untended! So I’ll try and do more miniposts So, onwards!
Over the last couple of months, I’ve had a period of serious over-working.
I’m generally a big proponent of balance. I don’t think the way our work culture glamourises over-work, makes it into a virtue, is at all healthy. And I’m hoping to take some time off drawing-work at the end of this year to spend some time on business planning and examining my working and scheduling methods to help avoid it more in future. But, even then – and I may be wrong in this – I kind of think there’ll probably always be those times, now and then. Those times where you have to take extra work. Those times when you need the extra income. Those times when you get screwed over by clients’ schedules. Those times aren’t sustainable, and aren’t something to take as the norm. But those times happen…
This morning I woke up to a twitter notifications avalanche, thanks to the lovely Rainbow Rowell tweeting a piece of Fangirl fanart I foisted (today is an alliterative day it would seem) on her at her Birmingham event recently, and realized I’d not posted it. Here we go!
Fangirl is a really gorgeous novel, with a fantastic family/sibling story – definitely check it out if you’ve not read it. There’s also a special edition (UK) out atm w/ extra illos by the awesome Noelle Stevenson
Just a quick blog-post to signal boost the Kickstarter for My So-Called Secret Identity, Suze Shore, Will Brooker and Sarah Zaidan’s really fantastic, non-standard take on superheroes, with a great female cast.
It’s funding it’s fifth and final issue (which I’ll be doing some of pages for if we reach the target!), and the collected book, and has some pretty cool rewards, including A3 ltd ed fine art prints of this pinup from me of characters Sekhmet and Ms Sparkle!
Hope you’ll check it out!
Woo! Today is launch day for the awesome and exciting WoMentoring Project! Over 60 amazing, professional literary women (writers, editors and agents) have signed up to offer their time free to mentor women writers who could use it.
As well as doing a few illos for the site, I’ll be offering free mentorship to a comics writer or cartoonist, or a prose writer who wants to try comics. I’m somewhat awed by the women who’ve signed up for this, and freely admit I don’t have the many years of experience that many of them do. But what experience, insight and encouragement I do have, from a few years in, I’d love to offer to one of you!
I’ve spotted a few pretty great-sounding opportunities floating around atm, so thought I’d do a quick Writing Wed!
-WoMentoring Project : Okay, this is pretty cool, and something I’m thrilled to be involved with! Dozens of professional literary women (inc. me!) have signed up to offer free mentorship to women writers. I’ll be offering comics mentorship to either a comics writer or cartoonist, or perhaps a prose-er hoping to try comics, and while there are tons women in the industry more experienced then me, I hope I’ll still be able to help someone out with a listening ear, critical eye and whatever experience I have to offer thus far! I’ve also been doing some illustrations for the WoMentoring Project site, which I’m pretty stoked to share with you!
Tune in next week for the site’s launch, and in the meantime, follow on twitter here!
-Other interesting-looking things:
-Poets, this looks incredible. A £10,000 poet-in-residence commission at Jane Austen’s House Museum (!), deadline in a week on April 16th.
-Cartoonists – this is pretty amazing. Malmö University is offering a half-time online course on Digital Comics, led by brilliant cartoonist Renee Engström. What’s pretty amazing for those of us on this side of the world is that tuition fees are ‘for non-EU students only’ . So while a lot of us may not be able to fit in a half-time study course, if you can, this is an amazing opportunity!
-Beginning writers – a free ‘Start writing fiction‘ MOOC offered by Future Learn and the Open University – at 3 hrs a week for 8 weeks, it sounds do-able for most!
-Also offering mentoring, this IdeasTap/Writers Centre Norwich program for novel/short story writers 18-30 looks fantastic, and you don’t have to be unpublished or unagented to apply. Closes May 12, and they’re holding an online forum on April 15 to answer questions.
-And on the off-chance one of you reading this is a not-yet-published Scottish writer over 40, this looks very worth applying, with 9 months mentoring, a couple of retreats, and a bursary!
It’s been a while, for which I apologize, but let’s get back to some Freelance Friday-ing!This week I’ve been thinking about my working habits and places, and thought I’d share a bit.
Hi all, and apologies for the quietness on here lately. It’ll likely stay sporadic for the near future, but I’ll try and add some more FF thoughts, or at least some good and useful links!
I had a busy internet week, with several interview-ish thingy’s out on various sites, so I thought mentioning them here would be a good idea, especially as a couple of them relate to freelancing.
-Most relevent is this interview with Nottingham-based Bees Make Honey, (where, along with the Gumroad $1+ pay-what-you-want, you can also get the Now and Then pdf for £1- plus some other great comics!) Their Creative Startups series is all focused on creatives’ business experiences, with questions about finding clients and using agents, and there are some great resources linked at the end. Give it a read here!
-I was also happy to be featured on Comics Alliance‘s great Hire This Woman series! This is less freelance-focussed, but is about how I work and the kind of work I like to do, so hopefully also of interest! Give it a read here!
-And this one’s not freelance-y at all, but the brilliant Comics and Cola had me on their Comics Shelfies series, and I know I’m not the only one who likes to gaze at bookshelves! You can check mine out here
-And finally, while not from the last week, there’s this recent interview on the Comics Beat, with some really thoughtful, in-depth questions that cover some freelance-relevent topics like balancing workloads, personal projects and growth, etc. Check it out here!
Hello! So, it is my birthday this week. I shall be gifting myself some painting time, so will be able to post some art or comics (woohoo!).
Should you feel inclined to do something nice for me (and yourself!), you can wish mehappy birthday by buying some lovely comics! ^_~ Here’s a quick round-up of some shiny things you may want to pick up, and where to do so:
-Atomic Sheep: There’s a good list on the site (although as an update on that it is buyable on amazon.co.uk) (p.s. don’t forget you can read the first chapter free!). Also worth mentioning that it is now available on Kindle, and also at Page 45! And don’t forget you can also find it on Comixology!
-This is kind of a soft launch, as I’m still playing with this a bit so haven’t linked it around, but I’ve got some designs up (especially Blood and Roses images) on Zazzle, and will continue to add more as well as look for a Europe-based alternative for those over here (shipping, ouch).
-And while there are not currently many items listed in my Etsy shop, Atomic Sheep bonus packs with postcard prints, badges, and an original sketch, as well as portrait commissions, are still available!