Name: Lauren (usually some form of ladama online)
Website: ladamania.tumblr.com, my “professional online portfolio” is ladamania.com (and desperately needs updating, ugh)
What’s your goal for Nagranowrimo?: January got a little busy on me, so I think I’m going start with the “planner” path (48 pages scripted/laid out), see if I can’t get the “quartermaster” path done as well.
Talk about your Nagranowrimo project: My story is from a past-Nanowrimo attempt, a story of a young woman in late 19th century New York involved with a rich dude with a big secret, there’s some steampunkish themes which I’m worried about since I’m terrible at drawing anything mechanical but hey this is a challenge after all.
What’s your artistic background?: I grew up making art and crafts all the time and took classes whenever I could. I have a BFA in graphic design, but I don’t know, I think college burnt me out a bit and haven’t done art very consistently since. Hopefully Nagranowrimo will jump start that! In addition to drawing, I like painting, and crafty stuff like needle felting and stamp making.
Artistic influences: Whenever I draw I try to channel Arthur Rackham, Tony DiTerlizzi, various Disney animated movies, with maybe some Art Nouveau style mixed in but I don’t know if I’m succeeding in that at all.
Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels: In my formative comic years I was reading a lot of X-Men (Rogue is my goddess!), Sandman, Strangers in Paradise, Witchblade, Rising Stars, Aria, Red Star, Fushigi Yuugi, Inu Yasha and lots more stuff. I admittedly am a little out of the current comic scene but more recent stuff I like is Mouse Guard, the Flight series, Owly, Scott Pilgrim, and Entropia (which I have a personal quest to have everyone read)
Favorite Comic/Graphic Novel Creators: Phil Noto, Joshua Middleton, Kate Beaton, Faith Erin Hicks, Skottie Young, Neil Gaiman of course, everyone who did the graphic novels above, and like 100 other people.
What attracts you to graphic novels, why do you want to make one?: I’ve always been a really visual person and loved illustrations, and then when I discovered comics and graphic novels as a teen, I was hooked. Then I started discovering more independent and non-superhero comics and I was excited to see all the different styles going on and have thought “I want to do that!”
Any other fun/interesting/unusual things about yourself: I minored in Japanese and I lived in Japan for a while teaching English (yet I’ve never really into manga or anime, pretty much limited to a couple series and Ghibli films).
Couple examples of your work:
Here’s something I drew a while ago but it’s kind of the style I want for my Nagranowrimo (probably simplified though)
And here’s a page from my long abandoned attempt at a webcomic