I’ll start with the bad news first because it’s always better to end things on a good note. 🙂
Three months ago, I, Micheline Ryckman, injured the shoulder of my drawing arm. The injury has turned out to be more severe than I first imagined. I am still unable to use my arm, for art and even for normal everyday life stuff. I’m headed for more tests, will hopefully see a specialist soon, but my guess is that I still have quite a recovery road ahead of me yet. Which brings me to the subject of Charting Stars. Graphic novels are labour intensive, the first book took me 9 months to complete, and this was working on it 6-8 hours per day, six days a week. I don’t know when, or if, my arm will ever be able to handle that kind of workload again. And I fear the possibility of re-injuring my arm or even permanently damaging it if I tried to work to that extent again. All this to say, there will not be another graphic novel version of Charting Stars in the the near future, BUT the story isn’t over.
Now the GOOD news, Erin Kleveland and I have decided to turn Charting Stars into a full fledged novel which will be released in 2019. (Release date is not yet set.) The novel will include some illustrations, not to the extent that a graphic novel would, but I’ll include as many as I can squeak in. In addition to Charting Stars getting this massive upgrade, I’ve decided to try and publish the YA novel I am currently working on myself, The Maiden Ship. This new book is completely unrelated to Charting Stars, but as soon as I am able to draw even a little, I’ll be so EXCITED to introduce you to the characters more visually. If you are interested, I’ve attached some excerpts and quotes from my newest creative endeavour, I hope you’ll take a peek. I promise to have more info and updates on these two projects in the New Year!
Charting Stars Book 1 releases on May 12! We can’t believe it’s finally almost here! Attached below are a couple quotes we have already released on Instagram. Be sure to follow along there or on Facebook for more daily posts!
We are so CLOSE to having the first novel in our Charting Stars series complete! Just a few pages of drawing left and then it can be wrapped up and packed off to the printer. This has been a long journey (a whole year in fact) but it will be worth it all in the end! Attached here is the final cover reveal for the book and the NEW BOOK TRAILER! I hope you enjoy! Remember is you’d like to follow along with us on a more daily basis you can do so on Instagram and on Facebook!
Our first book in the Charting Stars series is completed, back from the editor and now I am drawing, drawing, drawing and DRAWING some more. ;P (Actually it’s my favourite thing to do so it’s not so bad – ha ha. :D) The prologue is nearly all drawn and we’ll be sharing it here with you soon – can’t wait to show you!!! In the mean time attached is some newer drawings and concept art that I hope you’ll enjoy. If you’d like to see more daily posts be sure to follow Whimsical on Instagramor on Facebook!
Morning friends! Excited to let you know our first book comes back from the editor today!!! That means that the graphic novel art sections now begin! Just to whet your appetite we plan to share the prologue with you for free as soon as it’s completed! Which should be fairly soon!!!
Attached are a few more concept illustrations of the Nine Realms characters – we hope you enjoy! 😀 If you’d like to see more art on a daily basis follow Whimsical on Instagram!
All the things promised in our last post; short stories, free colouring pages and more are still in the works and coming your way but here’s a bit more illustrated character visuals to keep you excited while you wait!
If you’d like to keep up with the Charting Stars’ character developments on a more daily basis be sure to follow Whimsical on Instagram –> @whimsicalillustration
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