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Summer Story Telling: Chapter Nine - Miscommunication

 

We are close to the end of summer my friends and chapter nine is here.

It took it bit of an odd turn this chapter. I had 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 stuck in my head as well as Sabine's Notebook which I highly recommend. 

Alright, and now on to Chapter Nine.  Written by the lovely Miriampippa, I ended up taking this story on an odd trip around town. I've been told it takes a bit to understand the interpretation BUT if you look for the clues I think it will be more fun than if I spoil everything. 

p.s. The text in the images are hand-scrawled, partially on purpose, so I put the text down below for you!

Summer Story Telling  - Chapter Nine - Miscommunication - Illustrated by Kerilynn Wilson - written by miriampippa
Summer Story Telling  - Chapter Nine - Miscommunication - Illustrated by Kerilynn Wilson - written by miriampippa
Summer Story Telling  - Chapter Nine - Miscommunication - Illustrated by Kerilynn Wilson - written by miriampippa
Summer Story Telling  - Chapter Nine - Miscommunication - Illustrated by Kerilynn Wilson - written by miriampippa

Miscommunication

 

We stayed awake to remember the moment we’d fall asleep.

You’re in my arms, but you're always out of reach.

Why is it that only in our separate dreams we speak?

 

We won’t stop to hold our breath,

Maybe because air is a dreamer’s death.

 

Our hands are tied into knots,

We’re troubled by the same tangled thoughts,

But we still don’t find the words to talk about the things that truly matter.

 

Summer Story Telling: Chapter Eight - Fall Like a Stone

 

The fantastical and adventure filled chapter 8 is here! Written by the lovely Bethany Jennings whose website can be found here and you can hop over to her Amazon page here where you can purchase her other writings. 

It could be that suddenly this week was colder and grey and started to feel like fall but, I was getting some faint steampunk-ey vibes from this story. I leaned toward a muted palette for this story for a couple reasons: To fully appreciate the freedom I have with this project I want to keep trying different approaches to illustration. I have definitely found experimentation to be difficult in the short time frame (a week) but it is an amazing learning experience. One other reason I leaned toward  a muted palette is I wanted to distance the story from typical fairy colors. I've been using super bright pinks and blues for some reason and it seemed like a good opportunity to try the neutrals again.

One main thing to note before continuing. Because of the extremely short time frame  I gave myself, a few of the chapters will be getting some updates when I print the book. This is one of those chapters, particularly the pages with the text and the title page. The text pages will have spot illustrations, and the title page will be hand made font with illustrations inside the text. I felt it worth mentioning these, as they are pretty significant additions and I am looking forward to them. 

So, with that in mind I will advise you to keep a look out for pre-orders of Summer Story Telling Volume 1 so you can have all the up to date chapters for your very own. 

And here we go.

Summer Story Telling: Chapter 8 - Fall like a stone  - Written by Bethany Jennings - Illustrated by Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling: Chapter 8 - Fall like a stone  - Written by Bethany Jennings - Illustrated by Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling: Chapter 8 - Fall like a stone  - Written by Bethany Jennings - Illustrated by Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling: Chapter 8 - Fall like a stone  - Written by Bethany Jennings - Illustrated by Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling: Chapter 8 - Fall like a stone  - Written by Bethany Jennings - Illustrated by Kerilynn Wilson
 

Summer Story Telling: Chapter Seven - Any Kind of Blue

 

Here is chapter 7! Written by the lovely Ayşenur Yahya chapter seven ended up being rather difficult for me because I was so excited about it and came up with all this backstory and characters, and in the end I decided to cut a lot of it out. I will probably show them at some point but for now here is a snippet of what I envisioned for this story.

Summer Story Telling: Chapter Seven - Any Kind of Blue - Written by Aya Yahya - Illustrated by Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling: Chapter Seven - Any Kind of Blue - Written by Aya Yahya - Illustrated by Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling: Chapter Seven - Any Kind of Blue - Written by Aya Yahya - Illustrated by Kerilynn Wilson
 

Summer Story Telling: Chapter Six - The Boy and the Bug

 

Happy Friday! Ok, it's Monday. I appreciate all your patience as I catch up from last week. I got quite busy with life stuff, and work stuff took a back seat for a little bit. 

But now I have finally caught up with this project and all my other work stuff and I am very pleased to (finally) post Summer Story Telling Chapter six by Sarah Moore.

Summer Story Telling - Chapter Six - The Boy and the Bug written by Sarah - Illustrated by Kerilynn
Summer Story Telling - Chapter Six - The Boy and the Bug written by Sarah - Illustrated by Kerilynn
Summer Story Telling - Chapter Six - The Boy and the Bug written by Sarah - Illustrated by Kerilynn
Summer Story Telling - Chapter Six - The Boy and the Bug written by Sarah - Illustrated by Kerilynn
 

Summer Story Telling: Chapter Five - Abyss

 

Well friends, I'm back from camping and officially back on track. 

This chapter was submitted by the lovely Ruth Dahlin and I have to tell you, I had so many ideas of what to do and how to interpret this story I waffled back and forth for ages. I hope you enjoy this interpretation and I'll see you at the end! 

Summer Story Telling  - Chapter five - Abyss - Kerilynn Wilson - Ruth Dahlin
Summer Story Telling  - Chapter five - Abyss - Kerilynn Wilson - Ruth Dahlin
Summer Story Telling  - Chapter five - Abyss - Kerilynn Wilson - Ruth Dahlin
Summer Story Telling  - Chapter five - Abyss - Kerilynn Wilson - Ruth Dahlin

I haven't worked in darker colors so this was a blast!

I have placed the text below in case it was difficult to read. 

 

Abyss - by Ruth Dahlin

As a child I danced in gardens.

Fleet-footed and light, hair swirling in the breeze.

 

I danced through paths lined with flower-laden shrubs.

I danced my way to the center, where stood an old well.

It had been for many years forgotten and abandoned.

Overcome with brambles and ivy, covered with leaves of seasons past.

 

My feet found the cover, and beat a merry beat.

 

The wood felt warm under my feet, and I laughed for joy.

 

The flowers in my hair were fragrant, And the sunshine was warm.

I danced and I sang for joy.

 

But rot was creeping through the cover.

Many a rainstorm had started a rotting in the wood beams, and the gaping abyss peered out.

 

My feet fell in. The rest of me followed.

 

I fell past broken bricks and moss covered stones.

 

I landed in the mud amidst sharp stones.

 

My bones were cracked,

my spirit broken.

 

They could not lift me out, their ropes did not reach.

 

I lay there in the damp, while the rain landed upon my face, mixing with my tears.

 

I could not stand.

I could not move.

 

My feet were weak, my heart was heavy.

 

But I discovered that my feet had never

possessed a strength of their own.

My heart had never sung a tune of its own.

 

I discovered one mightier than me, who lent me his strength and sent me his song.

 

Down to the abyss he came to comfort me, saying,

“Do not cry, for I know what it's like to be left in the abyss.

I know what it's like to have your bones broken, and your spirit crushed.

Left for days on end.

 

I have been bruised,

beaten,

and abandoned.

 

There is nothing that you suffer

that I have not also endured.”

 

He lent his strength

to those who wished to rescue me.

 

I was borne up.

I was brought back into the light.

 

They drew me out,

and reset my bones,

they bathed my bruises,

and washed my tears away.

 

But I mourned his presence.

I thought that I

had left him behind.

 

But on my couch of recovery,

where I lay weeping,

He came again

and lifted me up

back on my feet.

 

I hope I never forget

to be thankful

to the one who comforted me,

who lent me his strength.

 

When my time has come,

I wish to join the choir in the clouds,

to sing his praises

with all the others he has lifted

out of deep, dark holes.

 

We will sing, and watch

 

as he goes out and lifts up the broken in spirit and contrite in heart from where they lie.

 

In an abyss.

Bruised,

beaten,

and weary.

 

Forgotten by all

but the one,

Who rescues us from the abyss.

 

 

 

Summer Story Telling: Chapter Four - Splat

 

The mysterious and supposedly pink chapter 4 is finally here! Written by Hannah Forster, Splat was so fun to work on. This whole project has just been one lovely experience after another and I immensely enjoy the freedom of trying new things and the lovely authors who have given me so much freedom. So, here is a huge thank you to everyone who submitted  (Submissions are now closed) and with that, read on dear viewer if you want to know what happened with all the pink.

Summer Story Telling shop - Splat - Kerilynn Wilson - Hannah Forster
Summer Story Telling shop - Kerilynn Wilson - chapter four: hannah forster - splat
Summer Story Telling - Kerilynn Wilson - chapter four - Splat
 

Process Notes

I have started experimenting with colored pencil on acrylic again and I used quite a bit of it with this chapter. I am still not super comfortable with it and cant seem to get the amount of detail I want but it seems to work well when using it in bigger background situations. 

I am still working on text placement, sometimes my ideas work and sometimes they don't, and I can honestly say it is very hard to fit these amazing stories into four pages. I've always been a fan of larger images and page spreads as opposed to a more comic book feel. But, what that means is more pages. This is the amazing-ness of this project though, because I can freely experiment and it's SO fun. 

A side note: There is an Easter egg in these illustrations. If you are familiar with my older-still-in-the-works story "The Heart in the Jar" you will probably find it easily. If not, maybe you should check out those sketches! 

Thank you again you lovely readers and writers, and as always, have a happy Friday.

 

Summer Story Telling: Chapter Three - The Girl in the Shop Window

 

Chapter three is here! "The Girl in the Shop Window" was written by Kate Myers, and what an lovely chapter it is. I had such a good time with this chapter I actually ended up drawing all the pages for it twice. I had finished all the pages and it just didn't feel right. This, accompanying recent thoughts and ponderings about style and trying new things I went ahead and tried something different. After you read this chapter I will discuss a little more of the process, but until then, happy reading!

Summer Story Telling shop - Chapter 3- Kate Myers - Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling shop - Chapter 3- Kate Myers - Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling shop - Chapter 3- Kate Myers - Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling shop - Chapter 3- Kate Myers - Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling shop - Chapter 3- Kate Myers - Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling shop - Chapter 3- Kate Myers - Kerilynn Wilson

I so enjoyed working with this story, especially with placement of all the text. I loved the surprises at the end and honestly, it just reminds me how much I want a kitty of my own. 

I also have to say I really got hooked on the idea of the father being an artist and the mother being seamstress/fashion designer and imagining what a bright and vibrant home and shop they would have. I liked the idea of the dad painting on fabric and the mom turning them into gorgeous clothing and furniture. In the paintings I did that I ended up not using, I put in this big bookshelf filled with bolts of hand painted fabric and materials. 

As I said before I did paint this story twice. I had just been thinking a lot about style and trying different things and I'm so glad I did. Summer Story Telling is the perfect avenue to try something different and see it in full form instead of just your sketchbook. 

All in all it was such a lovely experience and I can't wait for chapter 4! I hope you are excited too!

 

Summer Story Telling: Chapter Two - Knight Me

 

Welcome to the second chapter in our summer adventure

Submitted by Hannah Newbury,  "Knight Me" was so fun to work with and had such a sunny fantastical vibe. If you know me you know I can never say no to stories with girls wielding epic swords and laying waste to their foes. Especially after dark and mysterious chapter 1, I hope "Knight Me" is an uplifting and imaginative chapter for you dear reader.

Summer Story Telling-Chapter Two-Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling-Chapter Two-Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling-Chapter Two-Kerilynn Wilson
Summer Story Telling-Chapter Two-Kerilynn Wilson

About the actual illustrating of the story, I knew I wanted to have an exciting interpretation of the ending. Hannah mentioned that the other students arranged chairs to look like she was fighting a dragon for the reference pictures and I grew attached to the idea of creating a literal version of this imagined dragon appearing and our weapon wielding girl being unafraid. 

I also like the idea of a very structured beginning with sharp edges and clean lines that slowly break apart and expand when her imagination starts to take over. 

All in all I had so much fun illustrating this story and on a happy side note it consisted of the final pages of my third sketch book for the year! Three down one (and maybe another??) to go! 

 

Summer Story Telling Chapter One: Symphony in .45 ACP Cartridge

 

It's finally here! The very first chapter ever in the first issue of Summer Story Telling! I figured I'd  just keep the order simple and illustrate the first chosen story that was submitted. I have to say though, this was a very different story for me and it definitely shakes things up with the type of characters I tend to draw which is also why I am really excited about it. 

Symphony in .45 ACP Cartridge is written by Ryan Ayers who can be found here. Like I said, this story was really exciting for me because it made me try different things. At first when I sketched up some drafts I immediately did some washes in black and white and some yellow which was very similar to other work I'd done and definitely in my comfort zone. So, seeing that this was the perfect story to shake things up I redrew the sketches and went with a vibrant red and blue. 

The other exciting thing I liked about this story was adding the awesome Police chief who it seemed like was in a high stakes chess match with the criminal and his henchmen. If you notice some chess-like imagery in the illustrations it must have been on my mind. 

Alright, Without further ado:  

Symphony in .45 ACP Cartridge, By Ryan Ayers

Symphony in .45  ACP Cartridge

"Light flashed on a building somewhere around the city of Pittsburgh. Police cars congregated on its door step spreading out iron wings to unleash a sea of stern blue capped faces. Sky blue and blood red alternated painting the surrounding world as 21st and 8th street were stalked by Pittsburgh's best and brightest. 

Within the shattered walls of the 4th floor, eight men in dark suits and darker moods stretched shadows from windows, feet scuffing hands tapping brows sweating.

Only one sat enthroned on top of an office chair on top of a pool table with the royal authority of Caesar. He was smoking. Finally one of his men turned and haltingly asked what could they do?

Voices thundered outside throwing turquoise with violet lightning in the dark room. The man stopped smoking, leaned on one arm and looked out the window and smiled. One more squad car and he'd have just the odds he liked."

 

And that launches us headlong into Summer Story Telling. I'm thrilled about this project! let me know what you think and watch for the second story coming out next Friday!