Comic Page Project: Final Product

Sketch

Inked

 

Colored

Summary:

The story for my comic is based around the creation of Japan story taught through the Shinto religion. The main elements for the visuals are a mix of modern Japanese manga, and ancient Japanese painting and inking.

Write Up: 

Note: This comic is read from right to left as it has been inspired by Japanese comics and art.

For this comic, I spent a lot of time researching and looking at Japanese art and culture for inspirations for my comic. I saw that many ancient Japanese paintings are filled with light, earthy tones and that the Japanese inking has varying line weights. Those lines  having thick outlines with thin inner lines for shading and texturing. It was also very common for their art to be watercolor, which is something that is still practiced to this day. Based off of these observations, I used thick outlines on the second panel to emphasis the power of thrusting the spear into the water. Staying with traditional coloring style, I also had my character’s skin tones blend into an almost white color.

     Moving onto the influences from modern Japanese manga, there are stylistic choices like cross hatching, and the use of patterns that I let influence my design choices. The coloration of the spear is an example of this as the colors are not only contrasting, but they were also chosen to help convey the emotions behind it and demonstrate its importance. The proximity of the cross hatching determines how dark something will be, in order to portray shading in black and white images. I used this technique throughout my comic to once again show a connection between my style research and final product. For things like backgrounds, patterns are used in order to give them texture, which is what I did for the clouds and the tops of the mountains. The motion lines are also something prevalent in manga, bringing the motion forward and putting it in the same panel.

     Based on my knowledge from “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art” by Scott McCloud, I made the gutters have varying widths in order to show the amount of time that has passed between each section. The larger gutters have more time passing through them, while the smaller ones show more immediate action. This is why the gutter on the thrusting spear into the water panels is so small, because of how direct and quick the action is.

     Looking at my character designs, the woman, whose name is Izanami, has a very pale complexion to the point where it is almost white. This white color is reference to her purity as a goddess, while simultaneously foreshadowing her eventual death. Alsong with her the images I found depicting Izanagi, the man in the story, are colored with general browns and other earthly tones. Thus, not only did I use these colors blend with the image, but also to connect Izanagi with being the one who created the earth and reference the source culture some more.

     Something I’ve learned from this is the difficulty that comes with taking a medium and recreating it with another. Trying to create watercolor paints on a computer based program has it’s problems, but it is never impossible to accomplish. While it was quite difficult and am pleased with what I was able to accomplish.

Citations:

Donald L. Philippi, trans., 1969, Kojiki: Princeton, Princeton University Press, 655 p.,

     and Joseph M. Campbell, 1962, The Masks of God: Oriental Mythology: New York,

     Viking Press, 561 p.

 

McCloud, Scott.  Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.  HarperCollins

     Publishers.  1993. Print.

 

Merob6. “Ancient Japan.” Emaze presentations. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.

     <https://www.emaze.com/@ALFTCRCL/Ancient-Japan>.

 

Schabbi. “Izanami e Izanagi.” Blog de lquipe franaise. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.

     <http://www.sakura-house.com/blog/fr/2014/08/01/izanami-et-izanagi-la-version-japonaise-dadam-et-eve/izanami-e-izanagi/>.

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Canon Project- Character Sheet

Story

In this time, no one had memories of the planet Earth. They hadn’t known of the green grass, the vast oceans, the wild forests, because no one has ever been there. They only knew Minerva. At first she was a barren home, small amounts of water, few mountains, but she was vast in deep yellow grassy fields. Those fields were as if the sun had lost a piece of itself, and landed onto Minerva, dressing her in the most beautiful gown she had ever seen. They felt as if they would go on forever, until humanity was knocking on her doorstep. Space travel had come radically far since the first landing on Earth’s Moon,  what came even faster was the creation of cities on Minerva’s surface. Eventually  Mega-cities popped up all over, some of the first to colonize the planet believed that the skyscrapers could reach the stars faster than any ship could. This sprouting of cities congregated people to them, and when where large crowds go, they need to be fed. The parts of Minerva that weren’t plowed and covered in metal were turned into farmland to feed the mechanical giants that were still expanding.

For many years, Minerva was at peace, until The Navy showed up. Even though they were human, The Navy was treated as a separate being by Minerva’s people. They were ruthless, war hungry, and had come to the colonials exclaiming that humanity has taken a different path, and that they would be led to prosperity through victory and conquer. The people of Minerva were hesitant, they didn’t want to give up their peace, but they accepted anyways, for they would never win a fight with how many gunships The Navy had brung on their grand entrance.

Thankfully for Minerva, The Navy would have come at the right moment, as years later, the first contact with alien life is made. That ended in bloodshed. Soon instead of buildings, the cities of Minerva were building ships in the coming defense of their planet. The Navy, who were not caught off guard when humanity was attacked, had already been planning for war, preparing everything necessary for a planet-wide draft to gain as many pilots as possible.

The Navy is strictly a space faring unit. They have little to no troops for ground operations, and are equipped for ship to ship combat only. Compared to the enemy, The Navy has less firepower, but what they lack in strength, they make up for in speed, having faster and more maneuverable ships.

Character Background

Even in his childhood, Cage was tall, undoubtably tall. Enough to pick him out in a crowd of 100 kids. His mother would always comment on how they’d need bigger doors when he got older (They did). Not only was Cage tall, but he was strong. Being born and raised on a farm away from the high rising cities was enough to build up quite a bit of muscle on the boy. By the time he was 18, he was plowing the fields more than he was spending time with his family. But sadly by the time he was 18, the draft was put into effect.

Cage’s family was very backwards, they were extremely distant from technology, so distant that they downgraded their farming equipment. Cage’s mom seems to think it was because his father lost his brother in an accident while harvesting grain in their youth. This distaste was put early into Cage’s head, but that didn’t stop The Navy from taking him away from his home, shoving him in a fighter and giving him the most barebones crash course on how to pilot the thing they could lawfully give. Cage was a natural. He learned how to fly faster than many other new recruits, yet he still hated it. He would have quit The Navy right from the start if only he had the option.

Cage was terrified of the new life he was thrown into. He never knew of the technologies that were now a part of his daily routine, he almost believed he was eating, drinking, and sleeping metal, it surrounded him. To cope, he took to smoking. He would almost go through a pack in two days or so, everyone would always see him with a cigarette in his mouth. Due to this immense amount of smoking, his lungs began to weaken, he became one of the few pilots to need a respirator when they were sent out. No one ever told him to stop, some even joined him, most everyone needed a way to adjust to their new lives.

Before the draft, Cage was a quiet young man, working from sunrise to sunset in order to keep his family living. After The Navy took him, he became even quieter, somewhat of a loner. At least on the farm he enjoyed himself, spending time with his family, taking care of them. But in the cramped quarters of a frigate ship, he couldn’t enjoy his mother’s dinner, he couldn’t play cards with his father after a long day of work. The only thing that followed him was his star gazing, but instead of searching through them on his roof, he was living amongst them in the stars, just a sky above his home.

Black and White

He is a farmer so I thought it right to make him muscular considering that small scale farmers like the character work from dawn to dusk using nothing but a couple tools and their bare hands. I wanted to show his rebellious nature, which is why he has a Mohawk and has a slight bump on his military uniform. He extensive use of a cigarette is used as a coping mechanism from a new life being thrusted upon him.

There is a lot of hatching and cross hatching used for shading, cross hatching especially around the area below the chin as to deepen the shadow. Lighter lines were used on his inner parts such as his collar and ribs, to show that they are more of an indentation than they are an outstanding feature of the suit. There are few lines used for clothes folds because it is a skin-tight suit, therefore having folds in only the most folding intensive parts of the body like the armpits and the crotch. To signify the cigarette was actively lit I made very light lines to express smoke, having more lines be closer to the cigarette and then spreading them out as they go up.

Measurements

I used a system of heads to create the body of the character, like how many heads tall or wide he is.

From chin to bottom of pectorals= 1 head

From bottom of pectoral to belly button=1 head

Groin= 1/2 head

Arm= 2 heads

Hand=2/3 head

each segment of the leg= 1 1/2 head from top of the groin

Foot= 1 head long

Thigh Width= 2/3 head

Arm width= 1/3 head at the widest

Shoulder width= 2 heads

Full Color

The reasoning for the odd colorization on the suit was not so much to create a realistic suit for a young military recruit, but was more so calculated. The blue brings out the power of the pink areas, drawing your eye to the areas that are there to protect the character. To protect, they need power, and that is what the blue does to those areas. Heavy highlights and shading were used on the faces to give a sense of 3 dimensionality and lighting, that this character is not flat but has a curved surface that light bounces off and can cast a shadow on. Purple is an unusual color for hair, and is generally associated with royalty, however I thought of it as a color to show rebelliousness. It does not conform to the conventional red or blue tints, but is a mixture of the two. The black hair makes the purple stand out, giving it a sort of pop. Unlike the shadows, which are just a flat color, I lowered the opacity of the smoke, mainly to show that the smoke is not a solid substance but is a clear, see through gas.

Things I’ve learned from this is to always check your proportions, you can never be too safe when trying to stay on mark. Another thing is to scan images instead of taking pictures, it saves a lot of work and will make them look 10 times better.

Illustrated Journal: Week 1-Day 1

Hand Gesture Signs

j-hand     s-hand-sign

hand-sign-drawing

This is Colossal: Mo Ganji Tattoos

Mo Ganji’s single line tattoos show the simplicity of forms and figures in such a way that it could leave you speechless. His use of varying line weights defines the contour of the objects, while also making certain parts of the image have a certain volume in relation to their real-life counterparts, like the tires on the bike being bigger than the actual bike frame. His use of dots not only adds some variety to the image, but are also used as a means for shading certain parts, as well as giving certain details to images, like the freckles on the check of the man.

Stick Figure Drawing Practice

during right-after 30-minutes 1-hour

Image Sketch/ Interpretation

fog-wall no-vision

On my way to classes one day, I was riding in the car and I saw the fog forming into almost a perfect wall. It was very interesting so I took multiple pictures of it, with the hills just barely rising up behind it. I wanted to recreate this image, but I didn’t want to literally remake it. So i interpreted it, making it a wall blocking your path, and your vision.

The lines are all incredibly rough and the words are not consistent, however I am proud of the one point perspective I was able to achieve with this image. I would have liked to add a mountain behind the wall, but that would not have added to the image.