Ok, just start out with a discussion, do you feel led to create a comic? Graphic Novel? If so and the Lord has lain something on your heart, then please share if you would like, need help? Encouragement? We are here and all a family *hugs everyone* God Bless!
When I was a teenager, and even after this,when I was in my twenties, I rough sketched many unpublished scripts and designed many characters. But I had other responsabilities. I returned to draw after my Dad passed away in 2015 (he had a cancer and was 77 years old). I perceived as frail and temporary our lifes are and decided to return to draw, even as only a hobby.
My situation today , thanks Gods, is better than when I was younger: I'm married with a gold-hearted woman, I'm father of a good boy and I have an stable work, I'm History teacher. In 2015 I bought a tablet and I returned to draw, scanning pencil drawings and using tablet and softwares to inking , adding colors and lettering.
Because of time, I drew more fan art illustrations or single panel cartoons. For me, lacks time to write and draw a comic book and graphic novel. I created some comics (one page stories or four page stories) and even some animation exercises.
I really would love to draw a comical comic strip or comical comic book. But, unfortunately, I see comics and entertaiment industry as a whole as dominated by extreme left wing thinking or propaganda and I believe there's a anti-Christian lobby very strong in the great media.
My wife has asked me to start turning a book I have been writing into a graphic novel. It's about 1/2 human 1/2 cougar clones who turn to believing God and the bible as their faith, as they fight for survival in the world. It's a far huge step down (literally on the drawing board) for me as I am used to drawing everything big on a 28 X 71 cm. posterboard. I've been doing my research and I am having to learn few new things like developing profiles and character sheets, but I'm excitied about the idea. The challenge for me is learning how to draw things alot smaller, and learning how to carry on a storyline for several pages rather than trying to sum up the whole story in a 4 panel display. This will be interesting to see how God works the whole thing out.
For a while now (roughly a year) I've had ideas buzzing around my head for a comic to draw. I'm convinced God is pestering me to do it, but I never seem to have the time or energy to sit and do it. I risk a lot by writing the script and sketching at work (that's not what they pay me to do) but at home there's always so much needs doing and then I'm exhausted!
But, God doesn't keep quiet about this comic. Or I don't. Well one of us keeps banging on about it and I've been finding the ideas growing and building into something quite epic now so I've decided to have issue one drawn by Christmas. If I don't, then I don't and that's that.
If you're interested in the comic, the art or the story, let me know and feel free to friend me.
Draw a little bit for God each day. It's not about money, it's about faith. If you step out by faith, God will match you. I don't get paid for what I do, what I do is draw for God by taking those talents and using them for him by teaching illustrated lessons for kids. But I also did something else. I tithed on my art. Not with money but with art. I would draw a piece and drop it in the offering bucket because his word says to tithe on our increase, and as I increased in ability to draw, I gave to God in that form. Not long after that, my skills improved, and have done three commission draws as a result. More importantly, God increased my skills to give the kids better illustrations.
Listen, if you do a single poster with a 4 panel design. Do you're very best at what ever level you are at, and take it to the youth or children, God will honor it and increase you. It doesn't matter if they think your good at it. What matters is you are doing your best for God. At first I was laughed at and told to give it up at my church, but I refused to listen. Today they laugh no more. My wife believes God may soon have me teaching upstairs to the adults. My point is do your best today, let God give the increase. Do that, and I believe you will not only see things improve for your vision, but also for your family as well.
P.M. me, lets talk.
I actually had a really big problem with comics and stuff for a long time. Like, I thought they were fine for occasional entertainment, but they were a really limited art form, and certainly not anything I would be interested in doing. I figured I'd end up just doing graphic design or something similar; and all the stories and characters I had in my head would just stay there (since I wasn't much of a writer!).
Eventually though, I realized all the possibilities comics could have as an art form, despite what had 'been done' before. Comics have the same narrative possibilities that books or movies have, if not more; and they were a medium that was relatively unexplored by Christians- something that made me really sad, especially because I saw so many broken hearts in the readers (namely friends). I decided I wanted to change that. It took me MUCH longer to realize though, that the story God was telling me to tell was the one closest to my heart- my own, and those of my characters.
It's hard. Most people are pretty supportive, but it's still difficult. I know the challenges that are ahead of me, but I'm learning to surrender and not worry about what's going to happen; just let God speak through me. I think it will be awesome, one day. :)
I love reading everyone else's stories, they're very encouraging, btw.
Soon JC and I where chatting about stuff. I asked about how about going about setting up a comic online. with One phone call Second Chances was born. so do I feel I was led ...... OH Yes! God so works in unexplainable and truely awe inspiring ways.