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Okay. Wrote a whole long thing. The wordpress app decided to crash, dumping it all into the ether.

Eh. Whatever.

Something about Bill Mudron being awesome and watching Errol Flynn’s sequined Robin Hood for a bit only to become distracted by BluRay special features. A documentary on TECHNICOLOR. Then something about a hot dog helicopter.
It’s a long story and I already typed it out once.
I’m just going to be vague.
Lending to my mystique.

I drew some last night. A great solo image of Caroline Royer. Finally got her eyes right. She looks smoking.

One fancy dame.

Also did the above image of a totally trashed Hudson kissing Caroline. It’s one of those pictures where I draw it and step back thinking “damn, I’m not too crappy at this shit. Maybe this would make a good comic.” And subsequently make Anne go mad all over again.
The ladies are pretty easy for me to draw at this point. A triumph, since A) I never used to draw women and B) When I did, I didn’t feel comfortable with fashion and hair. I like to think those days are past me.
30,000+ words and 4 chapters into rewrites and this story still gets to me. I love these characters. I am still having fun. Even if only ten people ever read this… all the work will have been worth it.
There is no feeling in the world like creating.


Been working the work.

Loving the rewrite process. The story is really growing and changing in positive ways. I usually run out of steam way before this point and the fact that I am still chugging along, happy and content with my characters and the plot is new for me.
Did a little drawing… Always good to break up the writing with sketches.

Did a little one of Caroline and Zoe. Actually am image I got frustrated with and shoved in a folder. Anne found it and after a few months I finally felt like I could get it right… Or at least closer to right.
Then there is a more ‘me’ drawing of Case. No likeness intended… Just wanted to draw her the way I see her. Miles of legs and a ball busting attitude.

On chapter four at the moment and I’m really enjoying the change in pacing and some of the huge plot shifts I’ve implemented. The book is going to be VERY different from the first draft.


I am safe.

Anne found a great, quiet reference image and I messed with it until it felt right.

I just like the idea of a moment of stillness after everything they have been through (and I am not nice to these people, take my word for it). Caroline Royer is the one place Zoe feels safe, she makes all the pain and damage worth it.
It’s a decent sketch and I am happy with it. In the end that is all I can ask for.

In other news, rewrites are coming along, after a few days of freak outs. In order to make it truly work as a novel, I have to cut a lot. If I’m no precious about it, it’s easier. There are so many bits I am attached to. So many things I wish I didn’t have to cut, but the flow is important. I want the pacing to be tight and I need to make sure there are no holes in the narrative.
Also, I was giving myself whiplash switching pov as often as I was planning on doing. It works for a television show, but it doesn’t do well for a book. There are five women and my story is their story. I just have to let them tell it.
And I have to let go of the readers hand and hope they get it.

As soon as I stop being freaked out and scared, this will go back to being fun.

Tried this one in color too. The copic markers never translate well through the scanner. The original is all pretty and smooth. Eh. What are you going to do. I love the way the color in Caroline’s cheeks turned out, and how tan Zoe is in comparison. Fictional ladies, how you destroy me.


A few things that I have been up to..

Drawing some folks interacting.

It’s been fun to get the gist of the relationship in the line work. I mean, communicating emotion is tough even in person, face to face. Drawing it has always been challenging, and getting it right is super rewarding. The sketches are pretty raw, but they were all super fun to create.
Hope they are enjoyed.


The best of bros.

I have drawn make outs. I have drawn sex. I have drawn shopping… How about some violence? Or at least the aftermath/middle of violence?


Okay… So maybe Julia is right.

Had a flash of inspiration last night and executed a couple of HOT things. Okay, I think they’re hot and they melted Anne’s brain… Sooooooo, yeah.


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You can tell it’s the future…

After a few gin and tonics, drawing Zoe and Caroline on their wedding day (spoilers, they get married). Anne wasn’t that into it until she saw it… Then she jumped on the Zoe/Caroline wedding train.
Not to say they don’t have troubles after the wedding… But hey, pretty dress, handsome waistcoat, sexy ladies, lesbian love, getting hitched!

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Caroline & Zoe

Drew this when I got home from birthday drinks with friends and coworkers. Just came out pretty easy. There are things that I might change, but the mood of the image is great.

They look so damn pretty.


First draft down!

The first draft is completed. Well, was completed… Three days early. I’ve never met a deadline before. That’s not true. I’ve met professional and academic deadlines. I’ve just never met a personal, self imposed deadline before.
It’s nice.
I feel all accomplished and crap.

So I told myself that I couldn’t draw more until I finished writing, which means there are a lot of art ideas floating around that have to come out before I start with rewrites. Did a little picture of the Hudson ladies. (left to right: Allison Hudson, Nicole Hudson and Zoe Hudson)

Love the family resemblance and the seriousness of them all. They look like they belong together.
Though I am big fan of Zoe’s narrative, I have to admit how much I love Nicole. She is such a bad ass kid. If I had read this story when I was a younger Foley, I would have had a total hero crush on Nicole. I would have had a standard sexy crush on Zoe. Can’t lie there.

Wrote a novel before turning 30. Not too shabby an accomplishment.

Ps. Tried this one is color too.

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More book art.

So close. I have to finish 20 and hammer out the Epilogue and Prologue then on to the new and merry territory of REWRITES! I have some serious changes to make to the first 3 chapters. I have some fine carpentry planned for 4-8.
Caroline is going to get more fleshed out. Case and Nicole gets to have their voices from beginning to end. Allison gets to be a little more present. Zoe… well, Zoe’s still Zoe.
I have some narrative tools and rules that will be helpful to exercise. Really I am just super excited.
Drew some more. This doesn’t take place for a while… but it’s a great moment. Jones giving the thumbs up in the background cracks me up. (Thanks Anne for the suggestion)

Jones supports this moment.

You GO!

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