Last December, Charlie Capp, an artist looking for full-time work in Seattle, resolved to create a comic book adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Charlie planned to create an illustration for each stanza, for a total of about 150 pages.
At the year's halfway point, I'm about halfway through illustrating the poem. I had some pretty good momentum going during most of June, cranking out about a page a day, but lately I feel like I've been suffering from the effects of my first major obstacle: summer travel. At the end of June, my wife and I made a trip back to Montana to visit our families, which also included a visit to Yellowstone Park. It was a lot of time spent in the car, and unfortunately I haven't gotten very good at drawing while on the road yet!
While it's been discouraging to not be as productive as I'd like lately, it's been encouraging to be able to take a look at the work I've completed so far. The pile of finished drawings helps stave off the feelings of doubt on the days I feel like I've done little more than sit at a table for six months. I just have to keep at it, a page at a time, until the thing is finished. And with that in mind, I think I might head over to the drawing pad and keep working. Maybe I can still get another page finished before we hit the road again tomorrow morning.
Slideshow: Work in Progress