When I write, I see the scenes as a visual image or even a film. This is a rough approximation of the title scene from my upcoming book, Swallowing the Sun. The details are incomplete (there are no openings in the temple, for example).
I have sketched out several scenes but have recently played around with colored pencils, watercolors, and even, for this illustration, a drawing program to colorize a pencil sketch.
Changing the historic photos into cartoons should better match the petroglyphs and lend a bit more artificiality to the images. The Watermasters stories are not archaeology per se; they are fictionalized, dramatized, modified to represent universal themes that play out in modern life. Cartoonizing carries these faces out of the past and into the present as manifested in a more contemporary medium.
I had my mother teach me to read when I was four, and I've never stopped. Now I can play with words all day long... it's the best job in the world.
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