Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – Flower

Visually I wanted Flower to reflect fashion illustration. This is something I have experimented with myself on my blog and even during the Appropriation series of Comic Book Poems in Series 1 and Series 2. As this is a Comic Book Poem I could not get away with just doing a Fashion Illustration. For me the text actually takes a back seat here and I wanted the character to be memorable. Therefore her eyes are distinctive and her style is bold. Digital techniques add to the boldness and clean lines and the Flower speech bubble underlines this. In the Writing a Comic Book Poem – Flower blog post I have explained how speech bubbles have been utilised to convey the text and poetry.
Flower - Comic Book Poem

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Writing a Comic Book Poem – Flower

Another short and sweet Comic Book Poem. It will be obvious in the Comic Book Poem itself that the words and images were developed in tandem. I wanted to develop a comic book poem that was abstract in nature and developed on a single page.
The title reflects the speech bubble that relates to the character. The character speaks and then the speech bubble actually says more about the words which are spoken. For this I was influenced by Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, where the Sandman character had a black speech balloon and white text.
I feel that the text for this Comic Book Poem cannot be read by itself. The Comic Book Poem is only two panels and we deal with spoken word and consequence. The text is written below along with another opportunity to view the Comic a Book Poem.
Flower

Just talking.

And no one is Listening.

And no one is Listening.

And no one is Listening.

And no one is Listening.

And no one is Listening.

Flower - Comic Book Poem

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Flower – Comic Book Poem

The fifth Comic Book Poem of Series 3 is Flower. Please give it a read below.

Flower - Comic Book Poem

 

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Flower – Preview – Comic Book Poems

Flower_Teaser_ComicBookPoem

Here is a teaser/preview for the fifth Comic Book Poem in Series 3. It is called Flower
and will go live on 20 October 2014. Check back at the blog to see the final Comic Book Poem.

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Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – Big Words

When designing the visuals for Big Words I came up with the story first. I wanted the character to be trapped, but not in a prison. I knew the words would be intimate and subtle and I wanted the illustrations to reflect this. Other than putting the character in a literal prison I created an abstract prison of a circle.

I also wanted this Comic Book Poem to be somewhat non-sequitor in its panel sequence. We see the character from different angles and focus on different parts of his anatomy, but mostly his head and face.

For material again I made use of Marker Pens on watercolour paper. I wanted the character and the background to be colourful and stand out. The words could be seen as bleak, but I didn’t want the reader to be taken into a dark and dismal world. Having a colourful world shows a degree of optimism.

BigWords - Comic Book Poem

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Writing a Comic Book Poem – Big Words

BigWords - Comic Book Poem

A fairly straight forward one here about communication. The words represent fear and a lack of ability with communication. For this Comic Book Poem I came up with the idea of someone being trapped and trying to break out. I wanted to keep the words simple so made use of repetition to emphasise the themes.

I developed the illustrations before I finalised the text. I knew I wanted the visuals to present a person trapped so I thumbnailed out the Comic Book Poem before I wrote the words. Below the text can be read:

 

Big Words

I can’t

I can’t

I can’t

I can’t

I can’t

I can’t

I can’t

I can’t

Talk

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Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – Outside

Outside takes a colourful and illustrative side to creating a Comic a Book Poem. In my artwork I tend to focus on people and communication. This may be because I find it difficult to communicate with people myself. With Outside we see 3 pages that show close ups of individuals faces and on page 3 we focus on their eyes. Communication is done through the eyes and this is why I have focused my work there. The idea of having eye contact creates a personal approach which allows the reader to connect with the Comic Book Poem.
The fact that Outside is colourful stems from the fact that the previous Comic Book Poem – Unflow was in black and white. I purely wanted to add some variety to the work. Unlike Unflow we also have a digital approach to illustration, where I have taken influence from fashion illustration and design. However other than focussing on garments I have centred Outside on people.
Outside - 1 - Comic Book Poems Outside - 3 - Comic Book Poems Outside - 2 - Comic Book Poems

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