What I’ve Been Working On June 2022 Edition

Gnome girl picks up slug laboriously Carmen Wood Illustration comic art graphic novel children's illustration illustrator fantasy art webcomic fantasy magic lbgtquia+ kidlit artist

Hi! It’s been a pandemic minute, huh?

What I’m up to:

I’m taking this magical graphic novel intensive course through Kids Comics Unite, taught by the incredible Rivkah LaFille and Janna Morishima. We started with Rivkah’s Craft focused portion and now we’re into Janna’s Business and Marketing focused portion, for almost five and a half months of content! It’s like taking the graphic novel bootcamp class of my dreams, and is so worth the investment.

The projects that are taking up space in my brain right now include a magical library middle grade story, an early middle grade gnome tale, and of course my beloved artistic playground, Mermaid Days (catch up on my webcomic here). I’ve workshopped and lingered on one specific page of Chapter 8 of Mermaid Days for literal months, and it will feel so good when I finally finish it up and get that chapter posted. Finishing projects – that’s the big hard goal!

The overarching goals driving me are to get a project ready to pitch to agents – script written, beautiful art samples ready, thumbnail samples, and a kicka$$ query letter. And in the meantime, find a satisfying bookish day job in my new state of CA, stay healthy, and keep learning and growing on my art, as always. Kind of a tall order!

Later, nerds

Carmen