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Happy Saint Valentine's Day.
Until yesterday, I was unaware of the alleged Christian roots of Valentine's Day. Quite interesting. I'm always fascinated by these stories of saints and martyrs. The following is taken from the blog Aardvark Alley.
Some ancient accounts record a physician and priest living in Rome during the rule of the Emperor Claudius II. This Valentine become one of the noted martyrs of the third century. It seems that his main "crime" was joining couples in marriage. Specifically, Valentine married Roman soldiers. Evidently, Claudius thought that single men made better soldiers while Valentine and the Church resisted the immorality of less-permanent relationships.
The commemoration of his death, thought to have occurred during the year 270, became part of the calendar of remembrance in the early Western Church. Tradition suggests that on the day of his execution for his Christian faith, he left a note of encouragement for a child of his jailer. The note was written on an irregularly-shaped piece of paper which suggested the shape of a heart. This greeting became a pattern for millions of written expressions of love and caring that now are the highlight of Valentine's Day in many nations.
Next step is sketching with red pencil on bristol paper. This is where I block in basic shape and composition. Think of this as the internal infrastructure stage. If things fall apart or fail to come together at this stage, they will turn out crap. Again, keeping it simple here. detail will come when I do finish pencils and inking.
Back to work on finishing up the graphic novel. Working on a 2 page spread for the inside of the book. Figured I'd show everyone my process. The first step obviously is the idea, from that point on, I start spitting it out on paper as such. Keep it rough. Here's teh thumbnails. You can see them get progressively more detailed as the idea takes shape.