I started to make these small pencil drawings during the fanzine week. I had a really good time drawing them and I found myself in a flow, completely in my own bubble. I just starting without a plan, except staying within a forest, nature -mystical kind of genre. I printet and bound two editions that I gave away for christmas.
I had two weeks at school where I could define a project I wanted to work on. I decided to continue on a comic-concept (Musmo) I’ve started earlier. What I wanted to do, was rethink how to solve the storytelling and the visual style.
I did a lot of research and writing. Some character and environment sketches. I also made a hypothetical panel from the introduction story where I tested digital colouring versus watercolour. The digital is not finished, but still I feel the watercolour is the one I want to go for. There still are a couple of things I want to test further, like linework, but at least I’m a step further.
This rethinking also means that the first drawn pages I’ve made earlier, will not be used. I won’t start drawing before I feel the essential ground work is finished. Also the project has become more manageable, because I decided to split the story up into smaller parts.
1. Analyzing a chosen animation/comic/game etc with character design in mind, and making a character that fits into that world/concept. I used Krtek (Mole) by Zdenek Miler, which I loved watching when I was little, and made a Cricket. The task was more difficult than I would have thought, and it could have turned out better, but it was a good way to get into thinking character design.
3. I found a fantasy-story generator on net to have starting point for designing two characters. The text went like this: The story is about an arrogant wizard who must find a magic mirror, break a curse, and slay a monster to attend a dance. Complications arise when it’s discovered that the hero and villain are related.
I decided to put the story into a victorian/steampunk setting. Aaaand….I’m not going to say much more about that. I thinked I’ve learned something from the feedback.
I have been planning on making a series of drawings of girls on different kinds of adventures (mostly the dangerous kind). I’ve had some sketches and ideas waiting for me for some time. These are the beginning of one. I think I’m finished drawing the girl, but I’ve not made up her story yet, so the surroundings will come later.
“Homemade” watercolour texture for background…the rest is digital drawing with Intous4 in Photoshop.
Recently submitted this t-shirt design on Threadless. It did not win, but I thought it went quite well for my second submission. Anyways, it was fun to draw (Digital: PhotoshopCS5/Intuos4), while I listening to Sherlock Holmes on audio book. Pluss, I sold one print when I had this Art Market in my hometown two weeks back. Yay!
…at Einar Granum School of Art. Thanks to all the wonderful students and teachers for two great years! When autumn comes I’ll take my stuff and move to Bergen. It’s time for a new chapter of my life: Bergen Academy of Art and Design.
Semester assignment 2014
Installation consisting of books, cut book pages and drawings (pen and watercolour)