As stated in the Writing a Comic Book Poem – Crash blog post, a Crash was a response to the Labspace Studio art initiative The Noise Project. I had a brief to follow that meant I had to listen out for some sounds. The brief is below:
NOISE CHALLENGE #2: THE LITTLE THINGS
This week spend some time paying attention to the little things…. the sounds that you tend to ignore and the seemingly insignificant noises that you take for granted. You have 1 week to listen, identify and select one “insignificant” sound and transform it into something “significant.”
From here I developed a poem based around listening to bugs in my flat. The idea was then to create an explosive image. Crash is a two page comic, with the first page showing the bug and the second page showing a smashed image. I took the approach of illustrating a broken mirror, where the reflections are jagged and do not flow. I don’t kill bugs, but I thought this was a good method to convey a bold and expressive image.
For Crash I used Promarker pens and fine liners to create all the illustrations. This is an approach I have done in the past and I think it works perfectly for Crash as it adds to the intricate tactile nature of the words and also the experimental approach to The Noise project.