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Inspirational Artist: Lenka Simeckova

Lenka Simeckova is an artist I discovered when I was most frustrated with my style. I knew I was missing something but wasn’t sure what it was. As I was surfing through Facebook I found her page and immediately fell in love with her work and regained a passion for creating art once more.  Read more

Ready to Go With Time to Spare

Salt Lake Comic Con is just around the corner and I’m ahead of schedule! I have my supplies bought, my art created, and everything is neatly packed and ready to go (I’ve even written three separate lists to make sure that setup will go as smoothly as possible on Wednesday!). Read more

The Rewards of Persistence part 4 of 4

I finally contacted a writer friend, Reggie Carlisle, to help me format this story. I knew what I wanted to say and where the story was going but I wasn’t sure how to illustrate the middle sections of it and knew that he could help with this.

He, being a big fan of flash fiction, believed that we could more effectively tell my story in a more condensed format. Read more

The Rewards of Persistence part 3 of 4

After the failed animation attempt, I wanted to try my hand at putting together a comic. I planned out a 25-30 page comic as an Independent Study class and worked to get 5 pages completed by the end of the term.

I broke down my writing into pages and then further down into sections. After that I worked on recreating the clones and removed more possibilities of differences by making them bald. I tried adding a character, a cyborg modeled after the clones that The Governance system would control.

The sketches below show this progress. Read more

The Rewards of Persistence part 2 of 4

After planning out the story I was at a bit of a roadblock. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to create an animated short or if I wanted to create a comic. Both had their pros and both were completely new to me. Either way, I knew I would need a storyboard so I decided to start there. I roughly mapped out the story and worked to lay out the images that I had pictured.

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The Rewards of Persistence part 1 of 4

In college I read a ton of Dystopian, Utopian, and Science Fiction books. When I say a ton, I’m saying that I would read, on average, 2-3 books a week (with the exception being during finals where I’d downgrade my time to 1 book per week).

 It was in early 2013 that I started to notice these books influencing my artwork. I was drawing cyborgs, tentacled humanoids, weird creature mashups, aliens. You name it, I was doodling it.  Over time I noticed that I was forming a story of my own. Conversations around campus were focusing on the subject of equality for all and I started trying to find a solution. I am a big fan of history and knew that all actions, no matter how innocent the intentions, have resounding and unexpected consequences. So on top of a planning out a perfect and equal society without contention, I started imagining what the consequences of this environment would be.

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