I have a new character; her name is Liv. I have a concept for her experience, but here's the thing... although there is a narrative, and a developing story arc, there are no words. The art is to speak to the reader, and the reader is to interpret the narrative. I can see the challenges already.
This character came about a few weeks after the completion of the Aldo Renaldo project. I had handed the Aldo illustrations over to his writer, creator, Dr. George M. Johnson, and it was time to savour completion for a while. Then one day I woke up early, picked up my pencil, and under the lamp light she quickly took form. She was an older version then, standing there wrapped in a coat and a scarf looking at me, wide eyed. I think that's when the concept of "No Words" came...She seemed stunned in the headlights of the life she had lived. Today, she was younger and contemplative as you see her in the version above. It is early in this process, so it will be interesting to see what takes hold for what she needs to say about a life lived.
I have learned from the Aldo experience that from daily intention comes action. From sustained action comes the momentum of the creative process. I know that once routine is established the qualities of the character will take the lead, and that I will simply have to show up, open to what the story needs to become.