I’ve realized through my interaction with those taking their students to LIFE that there has arisen a misconception concerning the LIFE Merchandise (that will be sold physically in the store in Kansas City) and the custom shirts that LIFEMERCH is designing and printing for groups. Many people believe that everything I’ve produced will only be available in the actual store, however that is not the case.
I had to find a way to convey that “Custom Group Shirts” means that I can create anything for the various groups headed to the LIFE Conference in July, it’s just a matter of preference for the leader as to what they want their shirt to look like. It’s incredibly easy to make the name of the group stand or to make “LIFE 2016” the focal point. It all becomes a question of taste and desired outcome.
Thus I polled a few Facebook Youth Pastor Groups to find some current, catchy youth group names circulating through the broader spectrum of Christianity today. I then spent quite a bit of time doing potential mock ups with those designs to show the varying styles that we can tap. I was trying to give a clear visual indication of the versatility that LIFEMERCH is capable of.
Hopefully this time investment pays off and the group leaders see the great shirts that their youth groups could be wearing to LIFE!
I’ve worked up a rough sketch of the Chronolyst to remind myself of attributes as I draw him for this opening page.
I’ve decided that instead of a Raven perching atop his staff that I ought to use an owl. This may be due to the fact that my beloved Steelers just lost to the Rat Birds in the Playoffs this weekend….. (I hate the Ravens so much).
Actually I really want to avoid the iconic 3 eyed Raven from Game of Thrones. Contemporary fantasy needs to be taken into account when crafting these characters and while I don’t mind borrowing and adapting I need to differ where I can. Plus I think that the owl adds a wisdom and grander to the character that can be fleshed out later. The owl may become a player in the Cynderbreak universe at some point in time, a harbinger of catastrophe or a wise point of view in the midst of the storm.
I like the “Tree Like Staff” that he is brandishing in a few of the older pictures. It adds a very natural, organic, magical look to the Narrator.
I’ve decided to keep the flowing clothe on his arms as a very organic element of this character. The clothe will be magical, whirling around and able to do the Chronolyst’s bidding not unlike tentacles etc. I’m making this addition to add to the visual appeal of the character. Wild, flowing banners sprawling all over the page definitely adds to the intricacies of the character and plays to my strengths (something that I definitely want to so with this book).
I am gearing up, beginning this process of creating a comic book. I’m working on combining a few different versions of my narrator character: The Chronolyst. I’m sure this will be interesting, I will be tested, become angry/frustrated and fail at times.
It is my hope to complete this project and ultimately be proud.
I plan on chronicling my journey here, the high lights, the low lights and everything in between. I will reminisce and dream in ways that may be odd and unique to everybody other that myself.