It's hard to believe.
Finally...steps are being taken to let this ambition take flight. Very, very subtly - but it's free nonetheless.
Breach of Shadow is the title of my latest digital illustration and holds multiple layers of meaning both in real life and in the image's story.
A few may recognize the character. I have been drawing that burgundy-haired girl sporadically over the past 15 years, posting only some of pieces of her online. For those who'd rather not do the math...that's just over half my life at this point. She went by the placeholder name, Suki Tsubaki, but I never explained who she was or where she came from.
|2006 ... oh look, I spelled my name wrong :]|
I'm missing some sketches here and there as she's acted as a stress relief doodle on multiple occasions. And there are several sketches of mini comic pages somewhere in my heaps of art storage from when I intended to turn the story into a graphic novel in high school.
Somewhere along the way, the name Suki morphed into Seila - and that one's been sticking with me for a few years now. She was born of a nightmare I had as a young teenager. I'll save the details of what happened in that one for another day, but suffice it to say the character and her story have come a long, long way from their origins.
Seila, her home environment, and the title 'Crossfire' are some of the few elements that haven't changed over the years. One of the reasons I'm bringing this public now is because if I don't, the story will continue to change for the rest of my life, and the underlying concepts may go to the grave with me. Considering my newfound purpose for writing it...I would deeply regret the missed opportunity.
So, here we are. Piece by piece, and none too quickly, I'll be sharing this secret, little world and forcing myself to solidify its parameters. Not a day has gone by in the last few years that I haven't thought of how I want to tell this story. It's terrifying and liberating all at the same time.
Updates will be posted to this blog under the label Crossfire. No telling where we'll end up.
Here's to the journey~