Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Abbreviated dreams

Something about the "teens," the pre-World War I era from around 1910-1917, has always drawn me— America in apparent innocence, before two world upheavals.  Of course, that "idyllic America" was only idyllic for a segment of the population.  There was plenty of darkness to go around.

Characters are coming to me from this era, and I'm not sure where they're going.  There may be a book in this— I'm just free-spinning, listening to their voices as I draw.  This one above started out sweet, and grew wistful as she came onto the page.  Though I come from a line of teachers and I see teaching as one of the highest professions, in that era there were only a few career opportunities open to women—most likely secretary, nurse, or teacher.  I started to think that perhaps this wasn't her life's aspiration.

What do you think she might have chosen, given wider and more equal opportunities? [note:  this post has been edited for clarity]

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Firebrand

A group of new characters is starting to talk to me, and it's time to get them on paper.  These all seem like critters from the 1910-1920 timeframe.  This guy is an all-American type, the passionate and perhaps a little theatrical country preacher.  I think he speaks with GREAT inFLECtion, and ain't nobody gonna nod off in the pews while he's getting going.