Pencils & Stories blog relaunch

Relaunch

Hi there, long time no see! 

What do you think of the new look? I like it very much, it`s such an improvement from the old blog. Take a look around and let me know what you think. There`s also some technical things that still need fixing, but for now I`m happy and so I decided to start blogging again. πŸ˜€ Here`s some info about how you can keep updated about all this awesome stuff that is to come. 

The new blog also comes with a new way to follow my posts and work. You can subscibe here to my new newsletter. This will give me some more flexibility and options to make it a bit more personal than just a WordPress noticifaction in your mailbox. This means that if you have subscribed to the old Pencils & Stories blog`s notification system before, you`d have to subscribe to the new newsletter. I will not spam you and you can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.

Recollection City also has a newsletter for the people who are mostly interested in keeping updated on the status of the comic. You can subscribe to that newsletter here. I also made a specific Facebook page for the comic so if you like that platform you can like the page. Of course I will still keep you updated about the status of the project here and make the “Crafting a Story”  blogposts, but maybe some people are interested in the comic only so they can follow it on it`s specific channels. 

Speaking of Recollection City, it has a brand new page here on the blog, simply click ” comic”  in the menubar above to see some new concept art and read the official pitch.

I will start blogging again as of now, I already have a list of subjects I`d like to talk about and of things that could be helpful. I will also repost some older blogpost to my social media channels in the coming weeks to give them a chance to be read by more people this time. I highly believe in the content of some of those post and I really hope they`ll inspire more people than they`ve done so far.

Another reason for the long hiatus is that I have been asked to participate in a new course: Oatley Academy Live. It`s a course that focuses on personal projects and it basicly guides you through the process of starting, laying a good foundation, about the planning, storytelling, designing and promotion of it. It has ton of guest teachers, official hangouts with your fellow students and you get a backstage pass to listen to extra podcasts for example. 

One aspect of it is that a group of six students will make a personal project along with everyone else, while being coached by Chris Oatley and Lora Innes (one of the teachers at OA and author from the Dreamer comic) in the process. One of those students is me! (so excited!) The idea behind this is that other students can see how we go about making a brand new personal project, what we run into and how to solve the problems we face. We are in special Incubator live sessions twice a month where we show how we did the homework and where we`re at with our stories and such. We have three teams consisting of one writer and one artist. (even though all Incubators can do both) and I`m the writer part. My awesome artist collaborator is Mallory Carlson. The other teams are Britny Arnett and David White Contreras, and Maike Venhofen and Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe. (Everyone is awesome and amazing!) It has been an absolute blast so far!

OA Live works with a monthly or yearly subscription. You`ll have access to the live sessions as they come but everything will be recorded so you can always catch up if you missed anything. If you are interested in joining, act fast! It has already started a few months ago and enrollment will close this week! Click here to learn more about OA Live!.

Last but not least, I will leave you with some art. I saw this image from Oliver Geiseler the other day and had to draw my own version of it, here it is: (posted with permission from the photographer)

2015 07-05 Bejaarde grondeekhoorn
Thank you so much for reading!
Here is the link to my newsletter one more time for those who want to get notified when there`s new posts. Also, take a peek around the site and tell me what you think and what subjects you hope will be tackled here in the future. Feel free to leave a comment below. 

6 comments

  1. Hi Henrike.
    It’s nice to take my time and just look at what other artist are doing.
    You have really great content. And this new release looks really great. Clean, easy navigation.
    I have enjoyed your creative prompts. Only wish I’d have a bit more time to do them with some frequency.
    Good luck (though it certainly Isn’t just luck) towards your web comic. I’m looking forward to seeing where it will go. The story already sounds great.

    • Thank you very much for your comment Jason! I’m glad you like the site and the content. And you knocked it out of the park with the creative prompts, don’t feel bad! They are certainly not meant as something to keep up with, but rather just as a list that you can choose from πŸ™‚ I loved the ones you did!
      Thank you also for the encouragement for my webcomic! πŸ˜€ Keep up the great work yourself!

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