Independent State: Flipbook

The question generator was very successful with over 30 questions and answers. But which is the best way of showing them of in our assessment and upcoming exhibition? Our answer was to make an illustrated and Japanese stab bound flipbook.

The first step was to rewrite some of the questions and answers we got so they work grammatically. We split the entries between us and made 3-4 different illustrations in black & white. Since the questions are absurd in themselves, I decided to add a bit of morbid whimsicalness to my work. I did not have a specific inspiration in mind, but they remind me of Terry Gilliam's and Edward Gorey’s illustrations when I look at them.

Q. How is a slimly artichoke wrong when a running octopus is clearly right?

A. Because artichoke are slimy scum.

Q. What is the similarity between webbed fingers and stairs?

A. They are both attached together.

Q. How is black glitter like silence?

A. Because black is silence.

Q. How can a oversized ring change a ruin?

A. One lady proposes to a crumbling ring, IT SAYS YES!!! The ring obviously oversized, fit nicely into the ruin, saving it from rubble and living happily ever after.

We spent a couple of hours discussing the printing, buying card and paper, and cutting the front cover. We planned to finish a mock-up this Friday, but we had some complications with the cutting process. The pages must be cut precise before the binding, since the thread goes over the spine and edges. While we try to fix these problems, please enjoy our work in progress!

Author Biography: Final Product

If the research was hectic, it was nothing compared to the making of the book. I wrote three drafts and sketched over 70 thumbnails in just a couple of days. Text and images was done simultaneously to get the right balance, but also to adjust the flow from one spread to another. It was also during the planning that I changed some details in the story to put bigger emphasis on Medea’s sacrifices. Another decision was the spreads themselves. I wanted it to feel more like a picture book for adults rather than a graphic novel. Lastly, I decided to go for 34 pages and cover in square format and use a Print On Demand service to print and bind the book. All this might seem straightforward, but then you realize that we had less than three weeks to finish the whole thing, from planning to final product.

This project nearly broke me. I was often the first one to arrive to the studio and the last one to leave during these weeks. I took short breaks for lunch and worked over the two first weekends. After discussing the project with one tutor I decided to switch from solely acrylic painting to mixed media. I also tried to hold and not overwork on spreads in order to save time and the energy sketches posses. However, even that was not enough! I had to print the pages from the Library at two thirds of the intended dimensions, on paper that was way glossier than I intended to. I also had to add an extra spread to get the 34 pages as required.

The unpleasant experience has left me with contrasting feelings. On one hand I dislike the disproportioned figures, the unplanned colour scheme and repetitive layout. But I also learned a lot from the project and managed to create communicative illustrations that carry a short story in less than a month. If I would ever redo this project, I would probably simplify character, locations and props, but also put more emphasis on colours and composition. And maybe add the rest of her story, because it is way more interesting than Jason who spends the rest of his days at the Argo until pieces of rotten wood falls down and kills him instantly. Yeeeeaaah...

Author Manifestation

The last part of the Author project was to create a Manifesto of a fictional society, based on our creatures. My first idea was some sort of spirit world, with gates at thresholds and crossroads.

This idea was further developed into a world of passage, the realm in between world. The idea was that the creatures lived in a knowledge-based realm, where collected knowledge created physical bridges and roads that spans all over the place. Knowledge is freedom, manipulation of concepts and currency that the creatures trade with each other. Disconnection and misinformation are severe punishments that also threaten the realm itself.

I appreciated this project a lot more than the last one, even though we also had problem with communication and planning. The main difference was that everyone was dedicated and contributed, from our initial brainstorming to the finished project. I wish everyone spent more time in school and that we saved copies of the digital work process, since we had to redo the pagination document the last day of work.

Sebastian Thelander Sjöstrand
Jenny Mure
Sarah Davis
Molly Kempner
Charles Dardenne
Mike Roden