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Rosie’s Pirate Adventure, part 2

In her last episode, Rosie was carted off by pirates. In this episode, she finds herself being carried through a jungle:

The pirates carry Rosie through the jungle
The pirates carry Rosie through the jungle

And brought before the queen:

Rosie meets the queen of the island

from whom she receives a map:

Rosie receives a map from the queen of the island

Afterwards, the pirates dump Rosie back in her room:

The pirates drop Rosie back in her room

Where Fetch grabs the map and puts it in the cupboard:

Fetch takes the map
Fetch takes the map to the cupboard
Fetch puts the map in the cupboard

Revealing all of the treasures from Rosie’s dream adventures:

Rosie sees the treasures from all of her dreams neatly stored in the cupboard

******

And thus ends Rosie’s last dream adventure.

We’re navigating the doll adventure train towards it’s final destination, although I may take the week off next week for a family visit. If I manage to post next week, it will likely be a continuation of the story about the sisters and their treehouse, giving my sister and I something fun to work on together 🙂

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Episode 30: Kissing the children goodbye

Sitting by a waterfall, Camellia recalls the night when she parted from her daughters

Sitting by the waterfall, Camellia recalls the last time she saw her daughters.

Holding the note she’s just written, she tries to comfort Daisy

Camellia tries to comfort Daisy

Then tears a photo in half, and hands half of it to Daisy

Camellia hands Daisy part of a photo

And reaches into the crib to kiss Rosie goodbye

Camellia reaches into Rosie’s cradle to kiss her goodbye

*****

Even with an impulsive day off from posting to the blog this week and a late posting today, I still didn’t manage to get all of the pictures taken for this episode. There was supposed to be handoff of the note from Camellia to the stranger. Oh well, I guess we can assume it got to her, since we saw her with it in the previous episode.

Also, some day I have to get an infant doll. Poor Rosie hardly makes it into any scenes, since I don’t have a doll small enough to pass for her.

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Episode 29: The Stranger’s Story

We ended Rosie’s last episode with Frank placing a story in the local paper seeking any info on the girls’ (Rosie and Daisy)’s mother, Camellia.

This week’s episode starts with someone reading that article.

Over coffee, someone reads the day’s paper and spots an article

which recalls a day 12 years ago

She makes a call

Half a world away, Lily and Daisy are looking through old papers and letters

When Lily receives a call

The stranger tells her story.

“12 years ago, I received a note . . .

The note: “Please take my girls somewhere safe! I can no longer protect them, and if I keep them with me, they will perish. When Daisy turns 18, give her this half of a photo. She’ll know what to do with it. God bless, Camellia.”

. . . I followed the instructions, gathered the girls, and fled, while their mother escaped by boat,

. . . dropped them somewhere where no one would ever find out who they were or where they came from

. . . and waited and watched until I was sure they were safe

. . . I kept watch on Daisy and, when she turned 18, I gave her half of the photo.

while the sranger drops a torn photo

Lily drops the phone, and takes Daisy’s hands

and then paints a picture of . . .

an island.

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Episode 28: Rosie’s pirate adventure, part 1

In Daisy and Lily’s last episode, Daisy, Lily and Frank talked about the day that Frank had found the girls – toddler Daisy and her baby sister Rosie – at the library where he worked.

This week, Frank joins the effort to find the girl’s mother, by placing an article in the local newspaper.

Rosie looks over Frank’s shoulder at the computer.
Together, they read through an article online
An article retells the story of the day James found Daisy and Rosie

And then Frank and Rosie settle down with a good book:

James reads to Rosie from Treasure Island

Which sends Rosie on a whirlwind adventure, safely in her room:

A plastic parrot perches on Rosie’s shoulder
Rosie holds a sword
Rosie as a pirate.

Rosie continues reading at bedtime:

Rosie reads Treasure Island

and later that night . . .

Later that night . . .

******

This is an episode that screams out for a good layout, but I’ve only downloaded and never used my new comic layout tool. For now, streaming the photos down the page will have to do 🙂

In Rosie’s next episode, we’ll see where those pirates are taking her.

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Pirates in pieces, or aspect-to-aspect transitions

This week I’m more deliberately trying out one of the transition types Scott McCloud mentions in his Making Comics. This is the aspect-to-aspect transitions – that is, a set of images each showing a small piece of a single moment.

Here’s a look at the full scene I’ll be breaking into pieces:

Rosie, as you might have guessed, is having a pirate adventure.

After staging her, I took about 30 shots from all kinds of angles and distances, like this:

I could have done it in far fewer shots, but I kept thinking of things I wanted to add to the scene 🙂

Then I cropped the shots to emphasize just the parts I wanted to highlight, like this:

On Friday, when I do my adventure, I’ll show the different aspects that make up that scene. Ideally, I’d lay them out on a page, but I don’t quite know how to do that yet. So, I’ll probably just stream them down the page the way I’m doing now.

Aspect-to-aspect transitions do two things: they slow the scene down, and they make the reader work to assemble the complete picture in their mind.

And that’s my main work this week. Rosie’s episode is carrying a pretty complex plot element, so I’ll probably spend some time trying to figure out the most graceful way of explaining that, in pictures.

I’m reading through a few graphic novels I got out of the library – one of the Sandman books, Will Eisner’s Contact with God, and two others that I can’t recall right now. Great inspiration, although I’m years away from being able to bring all of the pieces together to make a full photographic novel.

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Episode 26 – Uncovering the Past

In Lily’s last episode, she held a picture of Daisy and painted her standing outside the Secret Garden shop. We continue her story later that same day.

Outside the Secret Garden flower shop
Inside the flower shop
Through the flower shop curtain
Lily and Daisy look at old photos
Lily calls James
Young daisy encounter
Toddler Daisy and baby Rosie rescued by hero librarian

*****

I had a lot of fun with the transitions this week – panning through the shop, doing the split screen call, and following James’ story of finding Daisy for the first time (with an intentional throwback to the picture of Daisy, terrified, in the Cado/Camellia fight scene). The one thing I’m really struggling with is that it feels more like a technical exercise than an artistic one – interesting, but none of the wow feeling I get when something seems a little magical. I’m assuming that I’ll learn how to blend the technical with the artistic and get back to wow.

I also used the puppet warp trick to get James to hold a phone. James, like most male Barbie-type dolls, is barely bendable. I can line up his arm with his ear, but it’s a good inch or so away from it. So, I selected the arm and choose Edit – Puppet Warp. Then I put in a few pins to define the areas I wanted *not* to warp, and then put one pin in his hand to grab for the warping. Then I dragged that pin into position to move his arm. Not nearly as realistic as Lily’s Made-to-move Barbie arm placement, but better than what I started with.

And I used the Overlay blending mode one more time to overlay the Hero Librarian story on the picture of Daisy and James.

Next week, I follow one of my other stories. If the weather holds out, I’ll let the two sisters in the Up Above treehouse adventure go and plan out where they’re going to start building. Fortunately for me, we had a real bang up wind storm here a few weeks back, so I’ve got lots and lots of branches to choose from to find the right tree 🙂

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Episode 25: Rosie’s bird adventure, part 2

In our last episode, a falcon appeared in the garden while Rosie slept. Rosie’s story continues.

The faclon flies away with Rosie
Rosie, the raven, and the falcon in Klimt’s garden
Rosie meets the king of the birds
Rosie and the king of the birds
Rosie receives a nest
The falcon flies Rosie back home
Rosie is back at home

*****

All paintings from Gustav Klimt, who lends himself to birds :). I’d wanted to use Chagall, whose dream-like worlds fit the dreamy nature of Rosie’s adventures, but he’s already crammed so many objects into his paintings I couldn’t find a place to stick in a bird adventure.

Goodwill came through again for me yesterday, with the most fabulously ornamented peacock to serve as the king of birds.

Next week, we start on the 8th sequence in our adventure, and I have to decide whether I’m going to spend the week casting bricks for Lily’s garden.