Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Revision and Frazetta
I have a number of stories waiting to be sent out to various prospective markets-some have been previously rejected and some of have only been read by a handful of people-either way, before I send them out I am going to give them another once over or two. Do what I can to make them shine brighter, sharpen the sword blades a bit and let the crimson steam a little hotter.
I don't want to get hung up rewriting everything but let some amount of revision light that fire that inspired the piece in the first place.
Here is a snippet of what David Farland had to say in relation to re-imaginings.
Dave Farland wrote, - "Yet very often, we need to be able to re-imagine a scene. Many professionals may do this on a regular basis. A few years ago, I was at a function in Los Angeles, admiring some of Frank Frazetta’s paintings. I was impressed by the detail and the use of color, and I mentioned to Frank, “You know, these are much better than I remember them from the sixties and seventies.” I pointed out the use of colored washes and lacquers that added depth to the paintings, reinventing the color scheme, and some of the details, and said, “You know, I don’t remember this. Was all of this color lost in the printing process, or have you been working on this?” He smiled, grateful that I had noticed, and said, “Oh, yes, every year or two I’ll think of some way to improve these, and I’ll take out the paints and work on them. I’ll bet that I’ve put months—maybe even a couple of years—into this painting since I did the original.”
It didn’t matter that the paintings had already sold thousands of prints, or that he’d won awards for them. Frank just kept working toward perfection.
I liked his attitude. It makes me want to tear apart an old story and figure out how to make it new."
Here are a couple examples-just in case someone didn't know what a fan of Frazetta I am.
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