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Sketches of Characters


A variety of sketches of possible residents of the comic. The comic that has been produced so far only tailors to a few other character designs. The sketches allowed for a wider ranger of ideas to be conveyed and the ideas I had but could not implement in this part of the comic.

I was inspired by more voluminous clothing styles and the fact that rarely in larger companies do you hear or see the actual CEO talking. They are like a rare animal, at press conferences you are more than likely to be faced with the marketing team or ‘sub – assistant- manager’. All identical almost, no real personality in their clothes and exceptionally forgettable.

The volume in clothing inspired me. These high up business owners were like phantoms, they had no shape to speak of, so why not implement this in my city? The higher up the food chain, the less shape you possess.

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Sketches and Thoughts


       

A snapshot into part of my process for producing the comic book. The comic itself is only a third of what I intend to actually produce. It’s slightly staged like the Star Wars time line, you get the middle part, then the first part will be produced, then the final. Rather enjoyable as the page at the end of the finished piece is a little bit of a cliff hanger.

These few sections show the exploration of a variety of mediums. My work is relatively small scale (these pages are from an A5 sketch/notepad). Although bic/biro pens are fantastic due to their ability to show tonal variation and allow for construction lines, though the preffered medium is usually fine liner pens. Easy to use and a variety of nibs, the pens used here didn’t survive that long to really explore their full potential. Watercolour is a relatively new medium to myself, yet the effects they give work fantastically. Relatively scratchy pieces get form from the loose colours applied over the top of the line work.

However, the favourite pieces in this small notebook are the coloured pencil portraits. Rarely has colour been a feature in my work before (at least, the traditional pieces). The comic allowed for venturing into something that I was quite apprehensive about.  Although still wary of such acidic colours, they will become something to work with more readily.

Title and End Pages


Working with the idea of the larger perspective pieces featured earlier on the blog, I wanted to continue this idea of nature and mechanics.  Trying to figure out how to do this, I looked at the vein and artery systems of the body, using some references (and artistic license) I mapped each, represented by pipes and tree branches.

The pipe piece will be the front cover of the comic. I’m keeping it simple for people to focus on the smaller details, rather than getting lost in a overly detailed background. The tree piece will serve as the back cover, continuing the minimal theme, but showing the progress in the book as the woman finds herself introduced back into nature from the sterile city she has lived in for her whole life.

Dystopia vs Utopia


Also, some extras. Perspective is something that’s been a real Achilles heel of mine, but these turned out a lot better than I could have hoped!

Both were produced with fineliners, copic markers, and a lot of eraser marks!

Dystopia: 21 – end


That’s it so far! Eventually this may be released as a limited edition mini comic with high quality prints, as soon as the front and back cover are completed.

Dystopia: 11 – 15


Dystopia: Pages 11-15. A transition was needed from inside a cold, metallic city to the vibrance of unhindered nature. Watercolours are a particularly vibrant and sometimes uncontrollable medium, especially whilst also using powedered inks. The effects however came out really well with  a lot of depth and movement, which also carries on with the water.

Dystopia: 6-10


Pages 6 – 10 for Dystopia

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