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  1. Amy Kim Kibuishi (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    Oh MCA, just wanted to say your webcomic has me chucklin'! Love the portrait of the artist haha~

  2. M.C.A. Hogarth (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    Artist is moody and dramatic!

  3. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    Suggestion, and something I want to do as well with my serial. is doing a serial novel as a prequel. But they are doing art with it, some nice black and white drawings. Does anyone do a decent number of illustrations with their serial novel?

  4. Wildbow (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    AKK does for Rema. And I know that Caelum Rex does that as well.

  5. M.C.A. Hogarth (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    I've done it in a desultory way; I have a lot of art lying around and repurpose it when appropriate. But I've thought about doing it formally, collaborating with another artist to do a full-page per installment that can later be used in the print version as splash pages for each chapter.

  6. DaringNovelist (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    I've done small illustrations for each episode of my serials.

    For the first, The Case of the Misplaced Hero, I did chapter heading art, with title and silhouette figures and sometimes stylized background. It was a learning experience but a lot of fun.

    For the second I decided to do the equivalent of a drop cap, sort of like Adventure Magazine used to do at every section break. Just a tiny stylized sketch relating to the section, not specifically an illustration. (They reused them a lot too.) I'm sort of splitting the difference on that. And there was a big learning curve in finding the style that worked for me. I'm not stretching into areas which are more difficult for me again, but I reuse some illos too.

    Here are some random samples of each, if you are intetested:

    I'm doing this for a couple of reasons. One is just because the deadline makes it a great way to improve my art skills. No fooling around, I have to produce something by posting date.

    The bigger reason is simply because I think art is like an appetizer. Sure not all my images do the job well, but a tasty image and a tasty episode name can draw someone to glance over the story.


  7. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    I don't do it because I don't draw, and I want my readers to come back. :D

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  8. SgL (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    I started and then I eventually could not keep it up anymore. I had shorter installments sometimes to make the whole doodle thing work, but I started to get fairly frazzled by the schedule I would need to write/edit on a weekly basis and then draw/finish stuff for each ep, then every other, then every chapter, and then... completely giving up. I only made it in probably like 2-3 months before I wanted to croak.

    I did occasional paintings too, but they weren't in the continuity. They'd just be one-offs I'd do for conventions and stuff.

    In the end I pretty much sacrificed illustrations in favor of text and having more time to write /edit.

    I like how Camille handles her illos. They're really nice as part of the text in the front. Someone suggested to me in a discussion in one chapter that I might take on some simple illustrations in the future in a similar vein. For example, I could pick up a recurring motif for each chapter based on some of the more iconic things - i.e., a magic door, a lion, etc - and keep running with it. I think the idea has root in some of the Potter books, IIRC.

    Might do this next round, particularly since I plan to rotate characters in different places.

    Alex - I've already responded about sample before in other threads so don't want to beat this point, but if you've missed that discussion - you can go the link below left and look for "art of Red Riding Hood" on the menubar. There's three or four different pages for the different serials..

    Other examples can be found in WFG under light novels (I think).
    To the list Wildbow mentions there is also "Tokyo Demons" and "Three of Swords," both indexed in WFG.

    The caveat is with those projects is that the same person doesn't necessarily handle everything alone and they're not on a consistent schedule.

    TD runs with two artists. Swords art is done by one of the co-creators, but her sister collaborates on writing/plotting.

  9. DaringNovelist (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago


    Icons, yes. (I think of them as "dingbats".) That style goes back a lot further than Harry Potter. In some ways, I thing the HP books were calling intentionally on an older style of book design.

    I went back and looked for the blog post with samples that I did on Adventure Magazine and the icon/dingbat section headers. I've got an image with about 16 of them.

    I had planned to do a few of these kinds of illos for Test of Freedom, all to be reused. However, I ended up doing quite a few that were unique to the episode. (However, now that I've got quite a few, I have been able to reuse some of them. Mary's profile, the ship, also, I'm finding the prison farm pavilion is useful.) I suppose I should keep working on these, more and more and I will eventually have a selection like Adventure Magazine did, a whole clipart library.

    I suppose I ought to play with the more generic ones more and consider selling them as icons and dingbats clip art....


  10. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    If they are just a big first letter it's called a drop cap, if its the full on drawing, its called an "illuminated" letter, after the illuminated texts from medieval times. (and epub doesn't support them, the shit. )

  11. Khronosabre (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    Yeah I do illustrations for Caelum Lex. When I first started off, I had the grand goal of making the chapters fully illustrated which put me around 8-9 drawings each week. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, they were all rushed and I was dissatisfied with them so I had to cut back on the quantity to up the quality. I'm currently churning out 3-4 full illustrations a week and even that is kind of stretching it.

    I think it does a nice job of breaking up the chapters, especially since a good deal of my audience seems to be artists and, as one of them, I know for a fact that we have short attention spans and walls of text are scary. It's also a great exercise in sequential art and forces me to try new things that I probably wouldn't otherwise be drawing. Also, you know...discipline, deadlines, all that.

    I wouldn't be able to do it if I didn't have a co-author though. That way, while I'm scrambling to get the art done, she can do all the scrambling for the final touches of the chapter.

  12. Amy Kim Kibuishi (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    Yep, Rema's fully illustrated. There's one for every chapter. I'd do 3-4 and scatter them newspaper-style through the text, if I had more time... Something to save for the inevitable print version, I guess? :B

  13. DaringNovelist (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago


    Except it isn't a drop cap. It's just an image placed as if it were a drop cap. (I do something in between by putting the episode number in the box.)

    There are a lot of neat little dingbats like that out in the old days of printing. Some of them have specific names when they are headers or footers. But I think "Icon" is a good word for the use SgL and I were talking about.


  14. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    Daring, just looked at your link, never you mind! Yeah, icon is good. as is dingbats (and you can find lots of fonts called dingbats with images like that in them. )


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