Assignment Three: A graphic short story.
To start begin, I first googled Graphic short stories. I found this wonderful set of entries for the graphic short prize for the guardian in 2011. The first one is amazing
I started to search and read through many short stories. I found many websites, but ultimately the one below offered many options for me to read and also categorized them so I could easily navigate through the website.
The top stories I picked out were
“The Wish” by Roald Dahl
by Donald Barthelme
“My Financial Career” by Stephen Leacock (this is very funny and mainly dialog if you want a good short read!)
“The Umbrella Man” Roald Dahl
The story I short story I decided to turn into a graphic short was the Umbrella man by Roald Dahl. You can read it here: http://www.berkleymiddle.net/uploads/2/6/5/7/26570297/the_umbrella_man.pdf
It was helpful to read the synopsis of the story because it boiled the story down to its most basic. I printed out the story and underlined important parts and dialog of the story.
I started to draw out som echracters and graphic stills of the story. I thought it would be important to create the characters before thumbnails. But actually I wasnt getting very far with working this way so I made some thumbnails and just strted sketching out the story in pencil. Because of my scanner I went over the lines with black marker and grey marker.
After creating the thumbnails, I felt like it was easier to visualize how the story would be represented visually. I then started to think about materials, styling, color and characters. I decided to start working on the first box. I knew before that I didn’t want them to be all the same size. So I thought about how I could make the first box rectangular.
Above, the top image, I used watercolor. I enjoyed using the medium, but it didnt end up looking the way I wanted. In my mind, I thought about my tutor suggesting that I explore other materials. But since this is a final assignment for Part 3, I thought I should go back to the materials I’m most comfortable with. In the bottom image I used my paint markers that I am so comfortable with. But it also wasn’t looking how I imagined.
After drawing the sketched image which I was quite happy with, I knew that I would need to show that it was raining. But because I wasn’t happy with any of the test marks I made in my sketchbook of rain, I thought it would be better if done on photoshop. I downloaded a PNG. of rain and blended it on top of my image. I found it to be successful and I really liked the overall look of the illustration. I wasn’t sure if I would use the background as the color orange but when I started changing it on photoshop I noticed that I liked the orange better than other colors. So I left it
Since I got the style of the graphic novel down. I kept working in this fashion. Making one image, then scanning it and putting on the textures and blending rain on top of them. Then when I felt like ai had completed a page, I put that page together. I used my thumbnails to help me create the story step by step. With out the thumbnails I don’t think I would have completed the illustrations as successfully.
AFter completing the graphic novel I started to think about the cover.
The finished Graphic Novel is below. I
I struggled a little bit with a few small things. Like the sizing and placement of each box. I didn’t want them the same size but having them different sizes and not planning before hand left me with a puzzle challenge that could have been avoided.
CLick on th elink below to see the PDF version of the completed graphic novel.