A quick update about my studies for the visual story Meanwhile I am working on at the moment. A story that follows Nature's return which you can preview in the Graphic Novel gallery. I plan to complete and release my first book Stories not to be told, in 2020. I hope you will be there to see that.
I had a style in mind for Meanwhile, something wild and sketchy. A way of drawing with colour that leaves plenty of room for the imagination of the viewer. This approach reminded me of Enki Bilal's work. So I decided to do a few studies of his images. Here is the selection of his work I made.
Enki Bilal is one of my old school favourite French comic artist. He is still around, doing stuff and never seems to age. He is all about love and fatality in a dystopian futuristic universe. The movie Blade Runner could be compared to Bilal's world.
Even though the themes Bilal explores have not much in common with the theme of my story, what I wanted to study here is the way Bilal draws with paint, mixing up his media, exploring movement in time and synchronicity.
I had enough time so far to study the first two images. Here is what I came up with:
My aim wasn't to reproduce the image to perfection, which would be very challenging considering how loose is his mark making made of very jazzy lines, a subdued limited palette and such a unique style. I was aiming at getting in Bilal's head regarding sequencing of layers, dynamics between composition and quality of mark making. I tried to emulate the process rather than the result, so I could take home with me something to use again in my projects.
I had more studies lined up for a more in depth research on Bilal's technique, but I will probably jump back to working on my story. I need to stay on schedule and cannot keep studying stuff around forever and never get to the point which is: getting something out there no matter what, no matter how, and refrain from too much preparation before getting things done.
That's it for today! Thanking you the reader for following the unravelling of my backstage stories. I hope you can take something for yourself out of this artistic srip-tease of mine.
Wishing you a Sunday just like you like them. See you next week for another episode of Trail of Colour where I will tell you everything about my love for a mannequin... Peace and regeneration.