Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – Need Nothing

Need Nothing uses digital art to convey the poetry and tell a non-linear story on a Comic Book page. To illustrate ‘Need Nothing’ I utilised my iPad and a pixel art app (c64 Paint) that allowed me to draw using pixels. After reading the poem several times I felt that the images should not necessarily follow an obvious sequence and that the Comic Book Poem should focus on a character – as opposed to a series of completely abstract images.
I decided to use pixel art for two reasons. Firstly because I wanted to try my hand at something new and I had done very little pixel art and secondly because I felt that the 80’s digital art look would suit the nature of the poem.

Need Nothing-page 1 - C

After experimenting with the pixel art, I decided on the character that I thought would fit the story. I then worked out the panel layout and the situations that the character would find themselves in. The results can be seen in the Comic Book Poem. I attempted to keep the nature of the Comic Book Poem abstract and un-obvious.

Need Nothing-page 2 - C
For the lettering I though I would try something new and place the text in the gutter and panel borders. Here the words don’t obstruct the imagery in the panels and this also adds to the non-linear and abstract nature of both the text and visuals.
Need Nothing is very much one of the more experimental Comic Book Poems in the series and attempts to convey free verse poetry in a visual and engaging way.

Need Nothing-page 3 - C


About Comic Book Poems

I am a writer and artist who likes to work with poetry, illustration, film and animation.
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