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February 2017

They were everywhere, but now they’re nowhere. Six word stories took the internet by storm, but nowadays we’re lucky to see the odd post reflecting on their brilliance.What made them so popular? They were captivating. An entire story in one line; superb.Wait … ‘an entire story in six words’ – that’s six words long! *Epiphany music plays* (Whatever epiphany music may be – suggestions welcome).Anyway, they caught our attention and sent our imaginations wild with possibilities. You could read one hundred stories in minutes and suddenly feel inspired to do your own.But here is where the problem lies. Where do they lead? They are, after all, an entire story. They are everything that needs to be said. Sure, they could turn into the plot for a book or short story, but that one line of brilliance is then lost.So, I sat racking my brain trying…

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establishing-drawing-style

So after my first attempt at creating some digital characters, it was time to see what else I could do.It soon became apparent that I have a certain style: a thick-ish black outline and using solid colours without any shading or texture.It may look primitvie and a little plain, but I’ve come to like it.What you see is still a draft as the lines could be neater and there is potential to add shading in a variety of ways, but it’s a good start.I’m also in the process of experimenting with backgrounds, changing the tool to get a variety of scenes to suit the character(s).Hopefully one day you’ll see my drawings in children’s books!What do you think…

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Overcoming a writing disaster

I still remember the moment it happened. ‘There’s a problem with the dissertation. Unfortunately, it didn’t pass.’ It was like being hit by not just one tonne of bricks, but a thousand, and not in one go either. Instead, it felt like a small child was throwing them one at a time against the back of my head as I tried to walk away with at least a shred of dignity and self-esteem.  Everything I had worked towards over the last four months was labelled as ‘a problem’. Which was actually quite flattering as it turned out there were so many problems they gave up writing feedback after page two. That must be a record? Either way, failure wasn’t something you’d expect from someone who had averaged B’s throughout their Master’s modules.That was the moment my life started to feel like it…

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