Hey everyone! I want to welcome everyone to my next experiment. I call it Beyond Neverwonder. It all actually began as a goofy little word play joke that became something that sounded like some fun. I wondered what I could come up with if I took concepts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and mashed them with ideas from the story Peter and Wendy. It’s Neverland meets Wonderland and there’s a big party down that hole. I found there to be a lot of places where things could cross over and there’s a lot of goofy things that I had thought of… so this will hopefully be a bit of a fun little ride here. I have a bunch of ideas that I can hopefully translate into something interesting for folks.

Ultimately though, I plan to use this little webcomic to work on my art skills. I got the idea for this from my friend Carol, who has a great little series called SPQR Blues. She calls it “a soap opera with swords and sandals” and rightly so. It’s a Roman Emipre-ish series that can be a lot of fun. But what led to that was her desire to get back into drawing again. She was working on a concept of doing a series of 10,000 drawings¬†and the idea was that at the end, some improvement would have happened. I have to say that Carol has done an excellent job with her little experiment. I’m hoping that I can do the same.

I find that I tend to learn better with I have an actual project to do. So this is the project that I’m iimposing upon myself to help me , as Carol put it, relearn how to draw. I admit that my artwork isn’t the greatest on the planet right now. I’m ok. I tend to think of myself as a well-meaning hack. I can do some artstuffs alright, but there’s a lot of things that I’m rusty at and there’s a TON of stuff that I just downright suck at. Hands are the main one for me. I’m admittedly horrible at drawing hands. I’m working on it and I think I’m doing a bit better than I have in the past, but there’s always room for more. The other thing that I want to work on is backgrounds and clothes. It’s more the little details that I have a hard time with and that’s something that Neverwonder is going to hopefully let me do.

So with that, here’s the first page of Beyond Neverwonder. Like poor Alice, it can only do down from here. :)