Although Elfquest has been around quite a while now, it had to start somewhere. Wendy, storyteller that she is, carried the seeds of the Wolfriders’ tale around in her imagination for some time before she decided to let it loose in 1977.
Very few creative efforts are ready for their public debut right out of the box. Ideas sprout, they change and grow, sometimes they get tossed aside in favor of newer ones. The point is, don’t be afraid to apply the pruning shears – or even some dynamite, if that’s what it takes – to something you’ve written or drawn. Keep asking “What if I change this or that? What happens then?” Ideas are like a good stew; you add ingredients, let it simmer, taste test, maybe put in more of this or a little less of that, taste again, and let the flavors mingle. When it’s right, you will know it.
Get more behind the scenes looks and vintage art in the Art of Elfquest from Flesk Publications.
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