I have two pieces of exciting news for you!
I WON FIRST PLACE!
The first news is I recently won first place in the Sketch Club Competition. Yay!
The theme on this comp was ‘Poems’ where we were to draw art with our original poems. I used one from my short story “The Third Heaven”. Those who have read this may recognise it 🙂 Yes, that one with the Angel of Death who fell in love with a mortal and went on strike against God. I drew a sketch of weeping Azrael sitting atop the cathedral to go with the words.
Anyway, I am so stoked that the SC community loved it that much, it won first place. Details on other winners and entries can be found here.
A DREAM COME TRUE!
The second news is my dream has finally come true 🙂 Yay! That is the dream of creating a multimedia work combining art, music and words into one. Some of you know I have been striving towards this goal since I finished my novel. My two current projects ‘Lost In Colours‘ and ‘Mission One‘ are kind of milestones towards it, but not quite ‘it’ yet because the music was not my own, mostly rearranged samples from Acid or GarageBand; and both projects are incomplete one-minute-length animated episodes.
This recent one is the FIRST EVER complete, stand alone, three-minute-length animated feature! Well, it is a music video actually, yes with our own original song and all! (oh gosh, pardon my voice, haha) Of course I did not do it alone, I had help from my good friend Isaia :). Yes. We have become somewhat of a team lately. I suppose it’s because we work so well together.
I cannot tell you how proud and happy we are with this project. We both worked so hard on it, pouring everything we got to make it as wonderful as could be. It was such an amazing experience, I still can’t believe we finished it!
Isaia and I did everything from scratch and I mean everything…
When I discovered Isaia was not only an incredible artist but guitarist as well, I knew I just HAD to write a song with this dude. Internet really makes the world a much smaller place.
Between Rome and Sydney, we have no convenient overlapping timezones to discuss and jam, but distance doesn’t matter to us. The song came to fruition as though it had a life of its own.
Writing the lyrics was a funny experience for me. It brought me right back to uni days when I was all mellow and cranky, haha. I apologise in advance for the whiny words but they did come from the heart. Once. And I think they ring true for anyone who has been trapped in the land of the broken-hearted.
We’ve collaborated on the art front so many times now, so the sketches were actually the easiest part of the project. We just fell into our roles seamlessly: Isaia with his amazing landscapes and I, the character. He helped with the animation too this time, using the SC recording feature. Everything you see on this video was drawn on an ipad using the Sketch Club app. I tell you. That app changed my life!
I must also give credits to my talented husband, Glenn, who helped with the sound mixing and video rendering. I already took him out to dinner as a thank you 🙂
I hope you enjoy the video, my peeps!!! Take care and have a wonderful weekend!