Book Proposal Paper
The Madman’s Advocate Concept Book
California State University San Marcos
People tend to underestimate the power and importance of art and storytelling. Simply put: it is a part of us. Every day, every hour, every minute of a person’s journey through time is another word upon a page of their growing yet fragmentary story; because after all, our legacy and history is revisited through stories. With that said, it makes sense that we would be instinctively drawn towards the art of telling tales.
My favorite form of telling stories is through my drawings and writing. I love making characters, I love making their own universes, their own flaws, and their own strengths. Art and stories play an important part in society because that is the way many people connect with each other. One big reason I have created my characters is to help myself deal with the struggles life throws at me. They have honestly helped me through so much that it has made me want to allow them to help others too. So, that is why I would like to use this opportunity to make a book offering a brief glimpse into my art and my characters’ stories. The title of the story is The Madman’s Advocate (TMMA) which follows along the journeys of its protagonist Wheatley Tibenotch.
I plan to make a book of concept art that provides insight on some of the lore and characters of The Madman’s Advocate, my future web comic.
Plan of Action
Wheatley, being my main character for the story, will primarily be the central focus, so he will get the most extensive character sheet and background description. Since I have been working on this story for about 5 years now, I would also like to show how his and other character’s designs have changed throughout the years. Essentially it will feature some of the different characters, the lore, and my inspirations and intentions for the story.
The book will open up with my person introducing herself (myself) and my art. Then she will proceed to walk through a gallery that is two pages long made of multiple drawings I have already done for the story. She will briefly describe what TMMA is and what it means to her. Then the next page will mimic a cover page of an actual book with “The Madman’s Advocate” written on it accompanied by the comic’s logo behind it. Pages after that will consist of concept art, character sheets, and some pages primarily compromised of text with some images that explains snippets of the story.
There is a chance that I may giving myself too much work to do within the limited amount of time I have. Mostly because this book will be made up of drawings I will make starting now up until the due date. Each drawing will take me about 2 to 6 hours depending on the amount of detail I do. Unfortunately, this semester has made time an exceptionally rare thing which makes it hard to find any time even for myself, but this book is going to be featuring something I am very passionate about so I believe I will be able to find the time to complete everything. If I do not, I have old drawings I can compile together or different routes of production I can take in the worst-case scenario.
I want this book to function like a pilot episode used for newly launching animated series. A good amount of people already adore this story and these characters I have made. But they are not able to experience my creations fully because all they get to see are drawings and maybe some small descriptions while everything else is living inside my head. I could use this opportunity to make this book a starting foundation for TMMA, mostly because I do not plan to launch the actual web comic until I graduate from college (there is the chance I will start when I feel I have the art skills necessary to create exactly what I would like to). Plus, the book can also become a great addition to my portfolio.
The main very limited resource I require is time. Other than that, I will just be using the programs Clip Studio Paint and Photoshop CC to create my drawings. I may add some traditional art in because my favorite art medium is watercolors or copic markers; so, those types of drawings may find their way in there as well.
Nearly each page will be compromised of its own drawing that I will create starting now until the due date. Thusly, each drawing will take me approximately 2 to 6 hours depending on the amount of details in it. So, that is obviously going to take a lot of time but because I have drawn these characters so much and because I have been drawing my whole life, I am wholeheartedly prepared to get each page done. I also have a large amount of drawings done in the past that I can choose to implement into the book if it deems itself necessary. But because I have been building this story for 5 years now, it is almost like it has become a part of me. For example, I easily come up with new ideas for it when I am simply asked questions that I do not have an answer for yet. Therefore, I meet all preparations needed to create this book since it is the equivalent to me pouring my soul out onto these future pages.
It is easy to see that these characters and their stories mean the world to me, it is for this reason that I wish to share them with the world. To do so, I will be creating a short concept book that will construct its viewers a window to see into this universe I’ve come up with. It will also function as the beginning foundation for the future web comic because this will compile the majority of the information I have currently floating around in my head into a single form of art that will be easily accessible. I have the resources necessary and the passions necessary to create this book which make me feel completely prepared to make this concept a reality. I will be doing so through many drawings and snippets of texts. All in all, I am very excited to share these creations of mine with all those who wish to know about them.