Thursday, September 26, 2019

Black Rhino Illustration Lives!

Elves Working: Art Explosion
Since my last post over a year and half ago, much has changed in my personal life. My son is managing Black Rhino Illustration and Photo Grafix as I make my way in the world as a union worker for the second largest public transportation company in the United States. I live in a new town and have made new friends. However, my love for art, stories and my favorite project, Badin and the Secret of the Saami, continues.

I have barely created any new artwork to sell in the past 19 months. Whatever spare time for creative work I have is extremely limited. Yet I persist. Two special projects have continued: Badin and the Secret of the Saami Special Edition and the Sequel Project.

As of this writing, I have completed a very important milestone for the Special Edition of Badin and the Secret of the Saami: Director's Notes for each page of the sequential art portion of the book. This is over 20,000 additional words that serve as a behind-the-scenes look at why and how I composed the artwork. Next, I need to compile all of the Character Diaries that I published as part of the cross-media promotion for the graphic novel a year prior to its release. Those diaries, along with other surprises will go in the Special Edition.

The Sequel Project is still in an embryonic stage. I am vacillating between various concepts ranging from a novelization to a series of young reader titles. Each concept is being written in a haphazard fashion as I try to work out a foundation for outlines. I even experiment with random entries that seem good, but require more development. While training for various promotions at work, I have had no time to schedule writing. That will change now that I achieved the goal of Motorman (train operator or train driver).

If I am so inclined—and have time to spare—I will share my progress on this blog. However, I do keep up with posting regular social media updates on Twitter and Facebook. You may purchase the first edition of the graphic novel today at the Badin and the Secret of the Saami website: