Zine: Continuous Comic

This is my third and last contribution to our zines. This theme was to create a continuous comic, where everyone contributed a panel to the story. Each panel was a continuation of those who came before it, but we could add whatever we wished to change the direction. Because the whole idea was like a play on associations, it did not take long until the story became absurd, morbid, and fun! The story my classmates made up before it was my turn was the struggle of conjoined twin ponies: One wanted to go to a party, another wanted to go to a fancy dinner. The chainsaw princess (?) came from nowhere and separated them, but wait! An egg gushed out from their belly!

I had so many things going on that I forgot to do my sketch on time. I originally wanted to make a graphic and bizarre panel, something from John Carpenter’s The Thing, but lack of time forced me to change focus. Next idea was to make the panel symmetrical and stylized, with a slight touch of Christian-Orthodox icons.

I decided to arrange the ponies and the chainsaw princess into a triangular composition, with the ponies staring at the mysterious egg. Their faces also helped me to draw attention to the egg. I tried different perspectives and placement before I decided on the last thumbnail.

I drew and scanned a sketch that I enlarged and mirrored. My first attempt was to trace the sketch with a fine liner like an etching, but it came out wrong. The style did not match the sketch or the initial ideas. In fact, I dislike it so much that I will not even show it on the blog!

Because of my time limitations, I decided to flesh out a printed copy of the sketch. I simplified the shapes and added shades with pencils, guache, ink, and Pro Markers. The final result is a bit disappointing and nothing that I am proud of, but it communicates well enough for our brief.

You can probably guess how bitter I became when I realized that some of my classmates have pushed our final deadline with weeks, either because they forgot about the deadline or because they wanted to keep polishing ther work. Whatever the case might be, I decided to withdraw from the group entirely and not contribute in future zines.

Zine: Thief's Candle

Time for something slightly different, namely the recently founded Zine Club in my class. Here is how it goes: We decide collectively on a theme and spend the next two weeks on making comics, illustrations, short stories, basically whatever we want as long as it suits the theme. Then we send everything to the coordinators who fix layout, printing and stuff. The first theme landed on Occultism. I decided to do a 5 pages long comic about the mysterious thief's candle, or hand of glory as I prefer.

The hand of glory is probably my favourite European talisman. It is the pickled and dried hand of a hanged criminal, holding a light made from the same man's fat. As long as the candle burns the talisman will have magical properties, but exactly what differs from story to story. For more information, please check out the Whitby Museum or this collection by University of Pittsburgh. You will not be disappointed!

I chose to focus on the fact that the hand belonged to someone. I wanted it to be told as a weird love story, or maybe a last will. The idea that a criminal would live on to aid their friend as a talisman felt both caring and creepy.

The zines are printed and ready to go, but I do not know if you can purchase them online. Anyway, here are some sketches I made in preparation for the comic.

The Overlying, The Underlying: Part 2

This is in my opinion one of the best pieces I’ve done so far at Camberwell. I’m proud of the text, the layout, the way the images connect to each other, the shading and the general theme and mood. Yes, there are some problems with proportions and I should really write the text by hand, but that is nitpicking that could be solved in a day or two.

This is a scan of my sketches of the layout. Most stuff was added at a later point, before I inked the whole piece. It also contains a small reference drawing of myself, which also was added.

The Imaginary Watchmaker

We had an abstract project for a couple of weeks ago that was focused on tools. Before we started the project, we had to draw 5 different tools. I saw this as an perfect excuse to visit the Hunterian Museum, which has a large collection of surgery tools, animals in formaldehyde and even a skeleton of someone who suffered from Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva. I focused on surgery equipment from the Victorian era.

We also performed a magic trick (?) and made a tool in smaller groups. My group choose to make tools "to eat a mountain". After a lot of discussing, we finally ended up with a sculptural piece. It portrays roots that imprisons an abstract mountain top, a metaphor for erosion by vegetation and water.

We also discussed our relationships with tools. Tools don’t only tell about people’s professions, they also tell stories about the time, place and origin of their birth, but also something about the wielder. The discussions proved to simulate our minds when we set of to build our own tool and draw it.

I wanted to do a tool I could use myself, but what? I know that I’m not that good at talking with new people. I want to be alone with the person I’m talking to, but I don’t always know what to say. I’m also bad at asking questions, which can make me seem a bit uninterested. I therefore design a physical networking device from an umbrella, some strings and questions I written down on tags. The tool does not only work as a tool. Its odd appearance, quick release-button and my choice of questions also tell stories about me.

Two foot notes:
1) The characters are reused from another school project I did two years ago. Fellow students from Östra Grevie might remember them.
2) Has it already gone a month since my last update? Time flies by!

Summer project: Part 2

This is the second assignment, where we had to depict requirements, expectations and hopes with 5 words each. I decided early on to create a short story, where each panel both illustrated the given word and my own interpretation.

REQUIREMENTS

Curiosity

Determination

Equipment

Inspiration

Crossing the Threshold

EXPECTATIONS

Hard Work

Critique

Point of No Return

Trial and Error

Exhibitions

HOPES

More Self-Confidence

Recognition

Wider Audience

Broader Network

New Adventures