Say Everything… without using words!
Do you remember when you were still in school, studying from a textbook? The best textbooks had beautiful illustrations of the solar system or a Victorian costume. I don't know about you, but when a lesson had an illustration next to it, i would recall it quicker than if it was just an endless wall of text. Not to sat that well written text is not important, but the images just brought concepts to life! I understood things faster and recalled them more easily during a test.
Illustrations are pretty powerful when it comes to communicating ideas. We have all had a time where it was so difficult to explain something. We get frustrated to the point where we just whip out a piece of paper to draw what we mean. And then the other person goes “Ah! I get it”. That is the power that a drawing can have. You can explain the solar system, or show someone how crazy 1900s dresses were… Or you could have a drawing of yourself in an 1800s dress floating in the solar system (I’m not judging).
I mean, humans have been communicating through drawings since our hunter gatherer days! Something about seeing a drawing taps into our deeper sense of understanding, you really can pack a hundred words into a picture.
In my process, ‘location sketches’ are a rough exploration of how the background will look, while ‘environment design’ is more specific and takes into consideration specific props that are needed for that scene. Above are is a sketch of a kitchen in a house where the main character, Celeste, lives with her Grandmother Iris.
Designing the character outfits before I start drawing the comic will be really helpful later. I won’t have to stop to design outfits for a character each time they need a new outfit in a different scene.
A character line up is useful in comparing how outfits look together, character height differences and character body shapes. Character personalities are also easier to pick up in a line up, I expressed the character’s personality in their stance.
I will be documenting this process on my blog so that you can follow along. I hope that my learning experience can help you in bringing your own comic to life. I have broken down the Concept art into 7 parts that I will blog about as I go…
Since Mythology Studio is an Illustration brand, I wanted my manifesto in a simple comic form. The comic below helps me remember the most important things behind what I do:
It will be a busy year at Mythology Studio, feel free to follow along and catch the content that attracts you the most!
This black and white series of portraits features women in fantasy magical spaces. The portraits explore different aspects of female emotions and their connection to nature and magic.
One of the most frustrating things in decorating your space, is the struggle to hang art up on the wall. Framing can be difficult and/ or expensive, and if you live in an apartment or rented house you may not have permission to drill into the walls. I can’t even put up those sticky picture hanging strips where I live now. So here are a few alternative ways to hang up your artwork.
Some of the questions that you might have are; Where do I find an artist? How much will it cost me? How long will it take? What does the artist need from me to get it right? What if they go away and create this project, then I don't like it when I finally get to see it at the end?
Life gets in the way, you miss a day because you spent it at a friend’s birthday and came home too tired to draw. In my own experience, things go downhill from there. So, in anticipation, this year I have a plan for going into the Inktober challenge. This plan is simple and addresses 3 main areas that contributed to my dropping out of the challenge last year.