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#2 graphic-novel-in-progress: A Good Day
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It is probably 2 A.M. and I am at work on my graphic novel. (Yes, I am a night owl.)

This is a photo journal of my day's work on one page of the graphic novel, "Forget Sorrow: A China Elegy." I received notes yesterday from my editor, Alane Salierno Mason, at W. W. Norton and Company.


Tools of the Trade


Drawing Table, Small Drawing Board, Script and Art on Bristol Boar


The First Panel


Working on Fourth Panel


Working on the Last Panel

My art is influenced by the flatness of Chinese folk art where the 3rd dimension is minimalized. Tomorrow I give a talk at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History so I better get to bed before 3 A.M.

There is a lot more work to be done on this page. I usually go back to add more texture, details, blacken large areas.


Go to #3 post on the graphic novel process.

Click here to go to #1 post on my graphic novel-in-progress.

To see more images from my graphic novel-in-progress "Forget Sorrow, click here.


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Now this is a visual tool

Now this is a visual tool here, Belle!  I can see how you do it--and maybe how others go about this!  Thank you for sharing your process.  So interesting.



Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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Thanks, Belle

It's wonderful to see how you work -- and to see your work. I love knowing that when I'm tossing and turning and waking up to jot down notes, you're up working. Please keep us updated!


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Hi Belle Yang

Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my blog. If you didn't see my response, I'll repeat it here -- your work is amazing!

And thanks also for sharing the photos of your panels in progress. I'm not an artist but sometimes I take photos when I'm out and about. If you're interested, here are a few shots of steamroller artists at work in San Francisco a couple years ago.


Take care,


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#2 A Good Day

Belle -- While you are up, and if you have a moment or two between panels, could you possibly devote some of your unlimited energy to working on my book for me? I will be glad to mention you in my acknowledgements. You are making an incredibly important contribution in your recording the process of your work. Best, Ray A. March

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Wow Belle this is fantastic.

You should teach a class on how to do this, you are amazing! I can definitely see the Chinese pen and ink influence, in the line. Well that and the horsehair brush resting in the picture frame =).

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Thanks Y' All

Thomas, I know you do comics, too. I plan to show my work in this manner as I work to complete "Forget Sorrow."

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This makes me eager to read

This makes me eager to read the finished product!

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Belle, this is so awesome, I

Belle, this is so awesome, I will have to show it to Phillip.  You do a good job showing the steps and layers involved.