As stated in the Writing a Comic Book Poem – Mother Silk blog post, I had wrote a script for Mother Silk. Due to the experimental nature of Comic Book Poems, scripts are not always necessarily, however as Mother Silk is a Comic Book Poem with a narrative and story the script was needed and beneficial when working out the story beats.
Illustrating the script was a learning experience for me. Even though I wrote the script I wanted to ensure the illustrations were faithful to the story.
Mother Silk has two main characters, the unnamed protagonist and Mother Silk herself. Mother Silk is a grotesque character who changes her physical appearance throughout the Comic Book Poem. I had to ensure she remained ugly yet could be perceived as beautiful. For this I completed a series of pencil sketches and thumbnail drawings.
The location of Mother Silk was a suburban household. I never saw the location as being as important as the location, therefore I concentrated the illustrations on the characters and left the location as being somewhat bland.
After I completed my initial sketches I inked the illustrations digitally and added some colour in Photoshop. The pages also have a light overlay of text over the panels.
Comic Boom Poems are experimental in nature and I wanted try something different visually. Here we have a Comic Boom Poem that makes the reader think and hopefully draws them into the story from a visual point of view.