Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sketch studies


Some studies of teen girls. The way each one stands with what
they're wearing says something about their personality.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Moon

This is a poem I did in my sketch book some time ago, decided to complete
it with markers, it's much softer with the quiet tone of the words.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Plant, life


There's a kind of mystery being surrounded by plants. They begin to look like
something else if you stare at them long enough, till it feels like they're floating.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Garden tools




Sachelle


Sachelle is a story I've been developing over the past few months alongside Outaplace. This story came in the form of other themes I was exploring but didn't want to include in Outaplace. Sachelle has given me that mental break from working on my longer project and the both stories have fuelled each other.

An update: A few thumbs for Sachelle. The beginning of something.






Characters to be included for Sachelle.
Kimberley and Nela


Character studies for Sachelle


Feb/Mar 2015 update: Once I got more into the story I completed my
thumbnails which were about 100 or so pages before I began my roughs.



April 2015 update: Working on roughs for Sachelle. At this stage the characters
and layout begin to take shape. I'm also editing my thumbnails as I go along.

 

May 2015 update: Chapter 1 (roughs) are complete. Chapter 2 roughs next!










Saturday, August 30, 2014

I've just...

Saw this girl talking on her phone. Sketched her from memory.

Undiscovered Connections

The thing I've learnt about writing and working on different projects at the same time is that stories and themes do overlap. I've always been fascinated with that part of writing when a story or theme return in various ways and it leaves me wondering why it returned.

In 2012, I began a weekly diary comic talking about my daydreams, my frustrations, my revelations and transitions, trying to sort out every question I was asking myself. The diary comic also gave me an outlet to talk about the everyday emotions tied into the production of work as an artist. These emotions are at its highest when just starting out to make a mark in whatever chosen profession. But the journey is never clear or written in predictable steps and there are many distractions that cloud the process of knowing oneself. 



For my final year project at CCS, I created the first chapter (24 pages) of a comic called Waiting for Marissa, about a girl in her twenties having issues with her boyfriend. The entire story was her narrating about her regrets, their arguments and the expectations from others for the relationship. Although the main character, Marissa, wasn't an artist in the story, writing about a girl in her twenties lingered with me.



              

So in 2013, when I began Undiscovered, my intention was to make it an extension of the diary comic over four panels instead of one. It soon became about the angst of a girl named Danielle who's in her twenties struggling with her doubts and fears of becoming an artist. She represents for me the things I want to talk about or sometimes the things I might be afraid to talk about but feel I need to say anyway. I really want her to be that voice who'll help someone in their own discovery, whether the reader is twenty-something or not. And right now I'm just really enjoying the space Danielle has given me to do that.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Hand Embroidery


I've always liked hand embroidery and when I began making books I wanted to add something unique to the covers. I normally did miniature designs which were quicker for me to do. I want to do more elaborate designs. I bought two books on embroidery so I could teach myself the techniques of this craft. These journals I did around 2009, the pink one was done for someone and the green one I did for myself.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ostrich friend

This is from my sketch book, the ostrich I inked first then I added the plants and the girl
to make a story. I like comics and children's illustration they're both fun to do!

Frances Rustlebean - Connections

Spent some time working on Frances Rustlebean recently and I came across an idea for a comic strip called Elaina I did in one of my old sketch books around early 2010. The main character Elaina was going to be loud, have strong views about everything and questioned authority. So when I returned home from studying at CCS I immediately started ideas for this strip that I renamed Rosemary Spice. 

After doing a couple strips for Rosemary Spice, something wasn't clicking and I decided to rework it some more. But while working on it, another character was being born. The meek, sensitive character in Outaplace who had no name and was having problems making friends. So I put all my energies into doing Outaplace, and then this too began to transform into something else. While working on Outaplace the personality of my first character (Elaina) stuck with me and soon enough she returned in the form of Frances Rustlebean. 

It's so nice that I can look back at this process, it has taught me everything about letting go of a character to make room for a better one, writing is never as straight forward as it's set out to be and it's okay if the story changes.  



Samples of the early process and later the sketchbook I used to work
on ideas for the Frances Rustlebean comic strip.

 










Sunday, August 17, 2014

Journal


I keep track of my  observations, goals and dreams in this handmade book.
I just felt like inking images on the covers, maybe as inspiration or a reminder
that my stories can take me anywhere.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New things


New sketches I did recently. I like drawing different people
there's always a story behind each expression.

Outaplace update

I haven't posted much about Outaplace for some time. I've been rewriting some parts and I've completed a new outline that I'm more comfortable with. The next stage, working out my roughs. I'm going to be combining or extracting elements from both Outaplace I and II, some more fantasy will be included. Will post updates on my progress.


October update: Character studies for Outaplace.


Character designs for Noelle



Character designs for Kai



June 2015 update: I haven't given up on this project in case you're wondering. When I began Outaplace I as a four panel comic strip I initially didn't see it transforming into anything else and since extending it further as Outaplace II the format and storyline has changed. I don't have anything to show you yet, I'm currently focused on another story called Sachelle which I began by accident actually to take a break from developing Outaplace. Some of the themes in both projects are related, like friendship and family.