Updated: Aug 30, 2022
Hi HALE ADDICTS!
Do you love Graphic Novels? Me too! So many graphic novels have inspired me throughout the years. My favorites include Tony Cliff's Deliah Dirk. If you have not read it, I really recommend it. Mr. Cliff's work is where plot and beautiful art perfectly merge into one. Mr. Cliff's work has taught me a lot when I was first developing the plans for my graphic novel. Apart from that, his character, Delilah Dirk is inspirational, a genuis, and daring adventurer that lives in a time period when women had absolutely no power.
Ever heard of Avatar the Last Airbender, or the Ledgend of Korra? I am obsessed with the entire franchise. As a kid, I could not watch the series in order when they were on cable, and have rewatched them this year at the age of 24. Everything about Avatar has my heart soaring with absolute glee. The unique WORLDBUILDING! The ART! The way the characters move in the ANIMATED SERIES! The WISDOM! The Storylines! The CHARACTERS, how they DEVELOP over time, and remain consistent even when we see them as kick-ass senior citizens! The love they share between them <3 <3 <3 I especially enjoy how the heroes are not all-powerful, they have to work hard to win their battles. Korra in particular took a lot of beatings before she understood how to fully reach her potential. I want to own all the books and episodes, I am that obsessed! I can't wait to read The Rise of Kioshi, though it is not a graphic novel, it is next on my list!
Since I was eighteen, I dreamt of having one graphic novel for every book I wrote. Though, I never believed I was good enough to draw them myself, I always envisioned a professional taking over. It was then I began reading more graphic novels, but also studying them as I read them that I attempted my own. Keep in mind the piles of scraps of papers I threw away in disgust and the amount of times I gave up and randomly came back to it because I wanted it so badly.
As I've said before, it was difficult for me to redraw my characters over and over in different positions. I couldn't figure out the architecture of my fantasy world, and don't get me started on coloring. Starting one step at a time, I sketched out all of my characters as simply as I could— keep in mind I was more of a realistic artist. Here are my original sketches.
Then it was the Griffins I couldn't get right. How could I have a graphic novel about Griffins and not be able to draw them as I imagined them? The images of Griffins I found online do not resemble the ones I've invented in my head and I could not use them as a mental resource, so I started from the basics and studied lions, wings and eagles, practicing and tossing most of them away in shame.
Then came practicing poses and line work, which was very important to me. The best comic book/ graphic novel artists have the best lines and amazing poses!
As I worked on my graphic novel, I wondered what my cover would look like. Would it resemble the original novel? What would be the color scheme? The colors I used for the prologue actually helped a lot with that as well as the digital art piece I made of the Welcoming Moon.
Finally, here it is! My first ever graphic novel, complete with its own cover. I can't wait to share the whole thing with the world, and continue with more as Hale's story progresses.
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J.K. Noble is a published author of the new YA Fantasy Book, Hale: The Rise of the Griffins! She is also the illustrator of Hale: The Rise of the Griffins Graphic Novel! Want to read them? Find the free previews at Hale-fantasynovel.com !