Life Drawing: A Life Under Lights

By Jessica Martin

A graphic novel memoir about life as an actress, singer and artist in the big city

Monday, 11 February 2019

The Journey of 1020 Pictures

I've just been listening to Radio 4's "You and Yours"  feature on the resurgence of life drawing and its connection to the rising trend in mindfulness activities. I have always found drawing to be a soothing and immersive pastime. Of course, a whole book of drawing is a different matter. As I hinted in some of my earlier posts, this book has not been without its challenges. I have experienced joy and despair in equal measure.

 I completed my pilgrimage of 1020 pictures ( as opposed to steps ) a few short weeks ago. Am I transformed? Enlightened? Nobody else may notice it, but inside of me there has been a subtle change. I have been lucky enough to be afforded the opportunity to express so many things that I have carried deep within me for over fifty years. I do feel enlightened and lighter.

Two years ago I pitched what was only an idea to Lizzie Kaye, my editor and here we are, a 152 pages later with a fully fledged graphic memoir on its way to print! So my huge thanks to you all dear patrons. The book will be available this summer. Dates to be confirmed.

What next? I am taking things relatively easy. Spending much needed quality time with my husband who has patiently tolerated all the biorhythms of this creative gestation!

I'll be at ICE Comic Con this coming March 9 in Brighton for those who you based near and wish to say hi. There are going to be a roster of very talented comic creators exhibting. The Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas I recorded, featuring the Seventh Doctor and Mags are released this April, May and June.

I am also creating a special cabaret as a companion piece to the book which will be performing at a stunning London venue this autumn. More on that later this year.

Meanwhile I hope you enjoy a first glimpse of the cover art for "Life Drawing. A Life Under Lights."

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Christian Graham
 Christian Graham says:

Fantastic to hear, Jessica - and I'm glad its afford a sense of release too. I am very much looking forward to reading it.

posted 11th February 2019

Jessica Martin
 Jessica Martin says:

Thank you, Christian. A journey like no other I’ve taken in this life!

posted 12th February 2019

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