Sunday, April 19, 2020

"Universe A": a sequence

On March 24, exactly seventeen months after I started it, I finished my 200-page graphic novel, Universe A. Let no one say the pandemic doesn't help productivity. On the other hand, social distancing as we all are, I currently don't even have access to the equipment I need to scan it properly. Anyway, here's a preview -- specifically, pages 116 to 129 of the book.


12 comments:

  1. Looks amazing! Can't wait for it to be published.

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  2. Glorious movement! And texture! Wonderful, Andrei!

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  3. happy to see this lovely spreads — huge congrats on completing this project, Andrei!

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  4. Genuinely beautiful work, Andrei.

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  5. Thank you, all. Will,God willing, you will. I'll even doodle in it for you. Unknown -- are you the same "Unknown" who commented on an earlier post about this project? I wish you'd make yourself known. Rob, thanks. This was the first major AbCmx project I fully drew by hand (or that I didn't assemble into pages digitally from individually drawn panels), which got me to focus much more on line and texture and how they work in the design context of the double page spread. I learned a lot from Kirby about this. I should also add this was drawn in a sketchbook, so I couldn't throw any page away. The book as will be printed is exactly the book that exists. This helped by making it much more real as an object, rather than as a series of individual pages. It was also a high-wire act, which kept me going. And it was way more fun this way.

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  6. bravo andrei! congrats on a) leaving fb and b) finishing this beast! xox

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  7. Thanks, Billy! I've been off FB for over two years now. I highly recommend it. The jump in productivity is amazing.

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  8. That looks amazing, Andrei! Now all you have to do is color it ;-)

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  9. Barbara: ha ha! I've actually considered making my next comic in color. (Kind of a pain, though, since I have decided to no longer work digitally. It would take a lot of work.) However, in this one I play with closed shapes versus open shapes, contour lines versus just brushstrokes, and they all need to be on a neutral ground for that to work. Besides, I like to think that (as Matisse suggested about his own drawings) the texture and the density of the marks end up creating their own "color" effects.

    Sorry, long serious answer though I knew perfectly fine you were just making a joke... :)

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  10. No, no, that was interesting. If I ever get to read all of Universe A, hopefully as a book, I will keep in mind what you said about texture and density creating color effects and open my mind up for possible synesthetic color suggestions.

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