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The Flower and Death Ch. 1

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 4, 2015, 11:08 AM


So as I said announced in my last post, my graphic novel script for Blind Follies: The Flower and Death (my take on the myth of Persephone and Hades) is completed at 7 chapters in length... Well... The first draft is done, and that's a huge accomplishment!

See, that's the thing about first drafts: They are necessary steps toward solidifying your story. One one hand, no one needs to read it. On the other hand, once you have a draft you are happy about, you can pass it off to a few trusted volunteers. Which is exactly what I did. And I'll tell you, the feedback I received was incredible. It really forced me to take a step back and look at the story in ways I hadn't thought of before. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows and compliments, but that's a good thing!

While I believe you must put your heart into a project to make it take flight, you can never hold it so precious and close to you that you're unwilling to make changes and allow it to be all it can be. Those first blows were tough to take, but I'm lucky in that they came from people I admire and respect. I mean if I'm too afraid to hear what my friends have to say, why would I think it's a good idea to put my story out there on a bookshelf?

At the same time, it's important to not focus on every single opinion. You are never going to be able to please everyone. Rather, try to step back and hear what everyone is trying to tell you as a whole. What are the common things people want to see more or less of? I got a lot of conflicting opinions, but as a whole, I realized I really needed to go back and revisit the 2nd half of my book (chapters 5-7). I think I got so caught up in getting everything down that they came off as a bit rushed and the life/death metaphors that were prevalent in the first half became lost.

The good news is I have 4 chapters of material to work with on the art-side of things in the meantime! So while I take my time to better develop my latter half, I am continuing work on my first chapter. Again, this one will take me the longest, as I am still learning. I'm developing the style of the book and fleshing out my character designs while taking the time I've denied myself to develop a better understanding of design, light, color, and perspective necessary for visual storytelling.

For anyone that reads these posts, thank you for sharing my journey. As I move forward, I can only hope my experiences being a baby-comic artist will encourage others to keep bumping along through their own trial and error. You'll hear more from me soon.


2015 Convention Schedule
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Mar 1- Small Press *New location!*
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- TBA
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Sep 4-6- Artist Alley *NEW*


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  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Jane Blue and The Hunters - The North
  • Reading: The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
  • Playing: Mario 64
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

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Sarah René Straub
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Freelance illustrator, mythology buff, hopeless romantic, self-proclaimed 'hobbit,' amateur floriographer, vintage gamer, cat enthusiast, & lover of tea...

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ashigaru Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the :+devwatch: Sarah! :D
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Of course!  I didn't even know you HAD a DA!
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I've been around here for quite a while. :D
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angelxarchive Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
your art is soooo amazing!!
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Aw, thank you so much!  That's very sweet.  :)
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angelxarchive Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh thanks, sorry I just really enjoyed it.
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Don't apologize!  Really, thank you.
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JonathanWyke Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   General Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
You're welcome! It was a beautiful page.
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Icefire11 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Happy birthday~
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Thank you!
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DarkDragon247 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy B-Day! :squee: Enjoy it! :woohoo:

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag! :squee: Genieß ihn! :woohoo:
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Thank you very much!
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artshell Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love your work here. I can't wait to meet you and see your work in person at Kintoki Con where I will have my table there too ^^ (I'm Shelly btw)
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SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Aw, thank you so much! I just noticed we were both at Fanime and I could have stopped by your table then too. Bummer I missed it! Will have to wait til Kintoki Con.
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