|Key to the Sky. A webcomic by Brian Ellis. Coming 2015.|
I am an aspiring graphic novelist who happens to love Pokemon and Metal Gear a little too much.|
I am 21 years old and I have a fair amount of experience in writing, inking, and coloring, but have not had any formal art training other than art classes in school and things akin to that. I used to draw a comic in spiral bound notebooks back in middle school and high school, the same story spanning many many notebooks from 6th to 12th grade that I wrote, designed the characters, and illustrated. However it was all in pen on lined paper, so no penciling or coloring was involved. But, after I graduated in 2011, I began work on a graphic novel series for publishers, but upon pitching the story to publishers, it was rejected because I lacked experience and they didn't want to invest in a whole series on a new comer. I did get about 70 pages of the first book of the series done, penciled and inked all by hand, before I decided it was best to move on to other things. After that I started a weekly webcomic, (but because of it's weekly release, the quality of the art fluctuated depending on how much free time I had that week) to establish some experience and that spanned from October of 2011 to February of 2013, drawn completely digitally. It ended abruptly because of my personal life, and my girlfriend convinced me that I needed to start working on actual graphic novels for publishing and that the webcomic was spanning too long and was keeping me from working on other things. I didn't want the story to be without an ending, so I removed the comic's website, but still have the whole thing on my computer. I regret that decision to this day. I was eventually approached by a guy trying to start up a comic book company, promising a contract and a salary and all that to be an inker and a colorist for his company. I did some character designs and stuff like that for him, but nothing substantial, all without being paid for it, and I eventually started hearing from him less and less and I guess it kind of fizzled out before anything came from it.
I am currently in a short hiatus from working on my art to attend to my life. I'm in a tough spot right now as far as my family, relationship and financial life goes and I don't have the time or motivation to devote myself to a project. But I'm hoping that soon I will be in better shape, able and willing to start a new project and finally get my name out there as a graphic novelist. I have too many ideas to let them go to waste.
Past personal projects:
Various small time projects; 2003-2006
The Starling Chronicles; 2006-2007, 2009-2011 (Done and then redone, planning to reboot in the future)
MOTHER series; 2008
Nolan Pandora; 2011 (Unfinished, planning to redo in the future)
Key to the Sky; 2011-2013 (Unfinished, planning to redo in the future)
Work for Rook the Angel Productions; 2013-2014
Current Projects: On hiatus to attend to shitty life.
Key to the Sky (Reboot)
Nolan Pandora (Redo)
The Caelite Chronicles (The Starling Chronicles Reboot)
Legend of the Karatorea