I thought, 'Hey...i can work on this before i REALLY get started on my Graphic Novel...you know, get it out of they way, since all of the work is already done + just sitting there...this will be a cinch...+ done in no time'
Choosing the first 3 of the 12, so i can make 3 possibly 4 zines in total.
The crux of it is this...having used antique + vintage materials in the artist books they looked fantastic...in the flesh.
When i have taken them out to share, you get a sense of the overall project... 12 red envelopes means, 12 artist books, means 1 full project...all uniformly lined up or spread out, open - showing their individual contents...
I thought it would be nice + simple to create a zine from all the work that i had put into each book.
Upon seeing these scanned images open on my laptop screen...they just looked really flat + lifeless.
Also...the amount of time that has lapsed, made me feel as tho i couldn't 'recapture' or emulate what i was doing when i created these artists books ( i made these in 2007 to 2008)
So, knowing that i have (as most creatives who constantly hone thier skills + explore new ways to cultivate their practice) since evolved...i knew i couldn't go backwards...
I also wasn't happy with presenting this project in the printed format....to share + sell the way that they were.
So i just said 'F*ck it' + decided to re-do the whole thing.
I tried re-working the panels into greyscale...but it lost alot of detail + it was too grey...+ i held off making it colour due to costs for printing + what i may have to charge (Are the people willing to pay for this?, Will people buy it?...ultimately, i don't care if nobody buys it...everything is ultimately practice for the next project anyway)
So i chose to stay with colour...
1. Re-drawing all the images
3. Tweaking the contrast + adjusting the colours etc
4. Re-working each new version of the drawing, digitally.
5. Adding new elements to replace some of the items i took out form each panel due to lackluster or flatness.
6. Making each panel cohesive to the one previous + the one after it.
The equation is this.....
Project 1 has 4 Panels
Project 2 has 8 panels
Project 3 has 4 panels
That totals 16 panels of art (all of which has been re-done from scratch pretty much)
Then you add the 2 covers
Plus the 1 intro to the project page + the 2 pages at the back for artist info + original jpegs -
+ the 3 Project word intro/meaning pages
EQUALS - 24 pages in total
That's part of the process i have gone thru to get the following variations of the 2nd of the 3 Artist Books i am compiling for this 'Zine'/Comic/Publication...
Here are some images of original artist book + the newer versions...
Here is the 1st variation/version of the cover...it has since changed...on the right is how the 'Project page' info looks - they have the 4 words to each project, along with their meaning
The challenges being met, by way of colour VS grey scale...layout ideas + a mock copy of the way the zine/comic thingo would look...(the cover won't be red...as that's the only cardboard i had left, which were actually leftovers from the envelopes that 'house' each artist book)
The 1st proper colour printing of a version of the panels for the 1st project - on the right is a panel from the 2nd project...getting there...but not finished.
This is a comparison of the original artist book + the new digitized version...this is the 3rd panel from the 2nd project
A detail + the full (7th) panel (Still not completely finished here) from the 2nd project.
This is (what i thought, until about 3 days ago) the finished version of the new 1st page panel of the 2nd project...i have since re-done this...see below
The new panel reworked into a 'newer' version...
Here is the 1st print practise i did last week...this pic looks a bit yellowie due to the photo being taken at night in the studio...
Well, that's my update + i will be back to show you more...when i gets it dones...
I hope to be finished by the end of next week, but i have been saying that for the last month now...getting lost in details...down the rabbit hole...