One thing doesn't follow another

The sketch and process journal of Jenn Manley Lee

And there’s monorail off my bucket list of things to draw thanks to page 12 of Birth.
Quite a few things have happened since I last updated, like having Dicebox nominated for Reuben wards Division finalist in Online Comics - Long Form. I got a certificate and everything!
Dicebox also got a few nice mentions around the internet, like at io9 and Gay Geek. I also appreciate all the lovely emails I’ve received even if I hadn’t gotten around to responding, scoundrel that I am.
I’ve also been busy taking care of other business, like coloring Endling, like I have been for the past year now. I don’t really talk about my coloring work much, do I? Well, I’ve also colored a bunch of Carla Speed McNeil pages, most recently the new Finder story which will start to be serialized in Dark Horse Presents later this year.
Then there are the projects I’ve been simply getting off my plate, like the Periscope Studio Art Books, in fact I believe I did my last task for it this past weekend.

All that said, I’m actually scaling back from all extra-curricular activities in order to spend more time on Dicebox and Dicebox related things. Which I guess does include the upcoming 16 page story I’ll be doing about Mare and her family in the upcoming Beyond Anthology.

And there’s monorail off my bucket list of things to draw thanks to page 12 of Birth.

Quite a few things have happened since I last updated, like having Dicebox nominated for Reuben wards Division finalist in Online Comics - Long Form. I got a certificate and everything!

Dicebox also got a few nice mentions around the internet, like at io9 and Gay Geek. I also appreciate all the lovely emails I’ve received even if I hadn’t gotten around to responding, scoundrel that I am.

I’ve also been busy taking care of other business, like coloring Endling, like I have been for the past year now. I don’t really talk about my coloring work much, do I? Well, I’ve also colored a bunch of Carla Speed McNeil pages, most recently the new Finder story which will start to be serialized in Dark Horse Presents later this year.

Then there are the projects I’ve been simply getting off my plate, like the Periscope Studio Art Books, in fact I believe I did my last task for it this past weekend.

All that said, I’m actually scaling back from all extra-curricular activities in order to spend more time on Dicebox and Dicebox related things. Which I guess does include the upcoming 16 page story I’ll be doing about Mare and her family in the upcoming Beyond Anthology.

Another item off the bucket list to draw: the over designed air/spaceport transit hub. Which I’ll never draw again after page 11 of Birth.
Here’s something I spent way too much time on for page 10 of Birth. Not the main thing that’s been holding up this page, but probably didn’t help.

Here’s something I spent way too much time on for page 10 of Birth. Not the main thing that’s been holding up this page, but probably didn’t help.

While we wait for a Dicebox update, here’s a quick sketch pertaining to my story in the upcoming Beyond Anthology. As you can see, I fibbed when I said my story might be about Mare, it’s totally going to be about Mare! And her family. Like brother Tag there. And, yes, there will be football involved.

While we wait for a Dicebox update, here’s a quick sketch pertaining to my story in the upcoming Beyond Anthology.

As you can see, I fibbed when I said my story might be about Mare, it’s totally going to be about Mare! And her family. Like brother Tag there. And, yes, there will be football involved.

Last page of Griffen acting like a boss. I mean literally, a boss. It’s been kinda weird. 
Let’s just hope she’ll be giving Grae permission to stand at ease sometime soon. That and a fairly restrained Griffen sure made for some limited staging options, let me tell you.

Last page of Griffen acting like a boss. I mean literally, a boss. It’s been kinda weird. 

Let’s just hope she’ll be giving Grae permission to stand at ease sometime soon. That and a fairly restrained Griffen sure made for some limited staging options, let me tell you.

Few things I like better than drawing a snarky Griffen, I must say. Like in page 8 of Birth.
Still working out the kinks with the new line and rendering approach, just ever so done doing so with page 7 of Birth.

Testing, testing…

My process, she is a-changing. Again. Due to a combination of setting up a new computer and therefore re-evaluating all my digital tools plus some snazzy new wash brushes by Frenden. I’ve also finally found the Frenden pencil that gives me the line I want. 

Basically I plan to start doing the base shading along with the line art in Manga Studio and then coloring in Photoshop. (still quicker for me to color in Photoshop given the processes I’ve developed over the years plus better adjustment options). The quick test above pleases me.

And it’s not the new process delaying the next page–that’s actually making things much quicker–but the set-up of aforementioned new computer while keeping up with all other obligations.

Insignificant bird! My favorite bit of drawing from page 6 of Birth.
Sorry, fresh out of sock garters. However, a vest makes an appearance in page 5 of Birth.