Video / Writers Tips

More advice given to me by my mentor, Karrie Fransman, for writers looking to transfer their skills to Graphic Fiction from other mediums.

The script should inspire the artists with the strength of the story and ideas, whilst not going as far as telling them HOW to draw the panels. The artists will be much more excited about the project if they can explore their creative vision too. This will result in a better finished piece.

There are lots of resources (including links to free script writing software) on comic book writer Antony Johnston’s website:

Follow the project on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr or visit the project website for more information.

Image credit – Wikihow

Diary / Video

Update from week 3 at the castle!

I went out with the Head Ranger and got some fantastic material, not just for this project but inspiration for future work too.

There is no substitute for learning directly from an expert when researching a story. By spending time with different members of the National Trust staff here at Scotney Castle, I have been able to discover some very specific details that I would not be able to find in books or online.

Being able to bring such intricate detail to a story will help to create a much richer story-world, and more well-rounded, believable characters.



Old clay pit @nationaltrust’s Scotney Castle. Now benefitting #wildlife diversity
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Scotney Castle is an English country house with formal gardens south-east of Lamberhurst in the valley of the River Bewl in Kent, England. It belongs to the National Trust.

The gardens, which are a celebrated example of the Picturesque style, are open to the public. The central feature is the ruins of a medieval, moated manor house, Scotney Old Castle, which is on an island on a small lake. The lake is surrounded by sloping, wooded gardens with fine collections of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia for spring colour, summer wisteria and roses, and spectacular autumn colour.

At the top of the garden stands a house which was built to replace the Old Castle between 1835 and 1843. This is known as Scotney New Castle, or simply Scotney Castle, and was designed by Anthony Salvin. It is an early, and unusually restrained, example of Tudor Revival architectural style in 19th century Britain. Following the death of the resident, Elizabeth Hussey, in 2006, this house was opened to the public for the first time on 6 June 2007.[1]

Extract from Wikipedia.



Classic cartoon #illustration gifted to the family who lived @scotneycastlent by the author himself. There are several Osbert Lancaster illustrations here, he seems to have been a friend of the family.
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