Thursday, January 20, 2011
When It finally came to illustrating my working draft, I found myself at yet another learning curve. I had little experience in working as a comic illustrator, short of a few below mock ups and story boards.
Indie company Saint James gave me a shot at illustrating an eight page web comic, after seeing a few of my images on Face book. I had applied for the job I'd seen advertised online. This opportunity sort of forced my hand in a way, making me attack the genre head on.
After settling in Thailand with my girlfriend, I set to work writing the story in my spare time. Living on the grounds of the school I was teaching at gave me the chance to work on my project when ever I have a second spare, in and out of the office.
The whole process was overwhelming at first. I'd not really written anything with a narrative for years, and was unfamiliar with the graphic novel format as a writer. It took a lot of time and patience, a virtue I lack at times, but soon all the notes and scribble became my first draft.
In the breaks taken from writing I found relief in developing my characters further visually, from sketches I had made on the move. It felt good to be working with a media that I was more familiar with and gave me time to think about the structure of the story on the whole.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I've started this blog, later than I intended, to document the working process when constructing my graphic novel. I'd had ideas floating around in my head for more than a year, scribbled over random note pads and scraps of paper. A young adult trying to move out of the university culture of hardened drinking and staying up all night, I lacked the proper motivation to get my arse in gear.
All I needed was the time and the right setting, so that I could develop these ideas further. After saving and scraping up all of my cash, I set off on a year trip over three continents, sketch book ready. Being exposed to a variety of different sites and cultures turned out to be a great inspiration to me as both an artist and writer, giving me the motivation to right my own epic science-fiction adventure.
Over the period of time I was traveling, I started to sketch out and design characters from my notes. Coming from an illustration background, rather than a writers, I found it easier to draw the characters I'd imagined, and then construct the story around them.
Above are some early concepts of characters of my futuristic vision of earth, set a thousand years after the destruction as we know it.