Blog 16

This has been a slow start to my new semester.  I've been actively drawing every day, but in terms of larger projects I feel like I've been dragging my heels.  This past week I started storyboarding my larger cartoon on index cards to get a basic visual story laid out.  I made some good progress there, but there's still a lot to do.  I've also been working on a word document for a couple weeks going over the story and overview of the cartoon from different points of view.  Included are thematic and comedic overviews of each section, distinguished by the rising and falling action of different sequences.  To put it more clearly, I'm trying to segment the different ways I think about the cartoon as far as writing goes.  I started my previous project by writing out different drafts of the script, but I never bothered to break it down into an outline or story beats, which made me feel more restricted by it later on.  By taking a more granular approach to the narrative, I'm trying to give myself a better foundation for this cartoon.

As it stands, the cartoon is split into 9 segments.  Each segment is meant to last a minute or two and cover a leg of the journey for the main character.  I've written out some sample dialogue, but I'm not trying to write out a specific script yet.  I want to focus on the storyboard first and fit the dialogue to that.  I'm also making it so most of the cartoon has no dialogue to challenge myself to tell more of the story visually.

Another hurdle of my work ethic has been finishing my previous cartoon.  All I really wanted to do was add some additional audio effects and tweak some things around, but it took me a while to get the motivation to pick the thing back up.  I was tired of working on it, but I finally finished it this week, and sent it off into the Internet.  Overall, I'm not entirely satisfied with it, but as a project and a learning experience, it's everything it needed to be.  Now that it's out of my periphery, I'm feeling more free to get back into a regular work schedule.

That's all I have for now.  This is a bit of a scattershot post, and that reflects where I'm at right now.  Hopefully next week I'll have a better grasp on my upcoming projects and can post something less 'rambly.'