Who would hit a woman, and add to that a woman with only one arm?! I’m sure some colorful verbal descriptions rush to mind on that. That’s the scenario in this progress view from my graphic novel. You can follow more and find other details on my graphic novel work-in-progress blog “GFW ’27″.
My story has been rolling around for more than 4 years now. What started as an idea for a book with art pieces created to add to the storyline, has passed through incarnations to the point of launching it as a Graphic Novel.
My graphic novel, “GFW ’27″ is in the stage of my drawing. I have 54 panels in the introduction to the main story, so I’ll see how true that holds. Graphicly is the service I’ve chosen to convert my finished electronic formatted files for various e-readers.
The blog covering the graphic novel (so far) is “GFW 27″. Artwork, sketches, and some props for storyline can be viewed there as well.
Work in progress illustration from my graphic novel. Scene shows a older more mature Mary, some 30 years later in the story line as she stops to take a quick check in the mirror on her way to answer her door.
A triptych! I picked a format for the opening scene for my graphic novel that I feel like I can detail and move on.
This piano sequence isn’t pivotal in itself, but being the opening scene for the story it’s important as a good first impression. It’s a deceptive scene, because things go from zero to sixty quickly from this point. The confusion I wan’t the reader to sense is similar to what I experienced in real life while living in Chicago. The surreal sensation of a casual routine setting turning horribly wrong around you in a matter of seconds.
-Additional sketches and information on ‘GFW-The Red’ by clicking here-
This illustration is still an exercise (test), but the common thread in this drawing style and previous studies for the graphic novel ‘GFW -The Red’ connect the dots for me, and is now established.
Some views of the behind the scenes work on the graphic novel. I lay out the story and scenes similar to storyboarding. Then, I take the individual scenes and develop them a bit further. Third page being planned in the samples below.