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Fanart Friday: Anya’s Ghost!

27 Oct

Halloween is next week, you guys! I am super excited about costumes, candy, cryptozoological creatures, and (less alliteratively) books/movies that are kind-of-scary-but-not-really-because-I’m-a-huge-wimp! So, what better way to celebrate than with some ghostly fanart?

Anya’s Ghost is Vera Brosgol’s first graphic novel, and it is basically one of my favorite comics ever. (You may remember it from the post 2 years ago where I Photoshopped it into my hands.) It’s the story of Anya Borzakovskaya, a disaffected high schooler who falls down a hole one day and finds the ghost of a girl named Emily Reilly. Emily wants to be Anya’s friend; Anya, though she’s not exactly knee-deep in friends, isn’t sure she wants to be Emily’s. She begins to change her mind as Emily helps her navigate her school and social life…but Emily’s idea of friendship might be more than Anya bargained for. I won’t go into specifics, so you’ll just have to read it yourself! Vera Brosgol’s art is expressive and fluid–the series of panels where Emily tries to ‘grow out’ her ghostly hair is one of my favorite scenes–and her writing is natural, relatable, and (best of all) funny. You should definitely pick up a copy of your own from your local library or bookstore!

So, without further ado, here’s Anya and Emily:

Shit, I think this cigarette is haunted!

…I have only just now noticed that Anya’s holding her cigarette backwards. That’s what I get for not having more friends who smoke! I feel like I’m failing some sort of hipster test, here.

Anyway, I’ve been really enjoying these monochromatic drawings lately. As I’ve mentioned before, I sometimes have trouble limiting my palette, so working in just one color has been a great exercise for me. Coloring this one was pretty simple, since this is pretty much the way the whole book looks (although I think the book’s tones are a little grayer), but I still really like the result. It was also fun to play around with the colors of my lineart. I don’t often do that–usually I’m black-lineart-only–but lately I’ve been trying it out here and there. There are times when black lineart just seems too blunt, especially if you’re working with lots of light tones or textures. When done right, colored lineart forms a cohesive link between the color palette of a page or panel and the lineart itself. I’ve gotten the best results in monochromatic drawings like the one above, but I’d like to try it out with more complex color palettes as well.

Did someone say, “more flappers”?

17 Nov

Because I definitely heard “more flappers.”

Suits don't lie; the people who wear them do.

I am pretty happy with the way this one came out. I used a reference picture for the pose, but I had to use my imagination for the color, the plaid pattern (which is why that’s super simple), and everything from the upper thigh down. Overall, I’m very pleased. I definitely need to do some tests on bristol to see how well this will reproduce when I paint on something that isn’t just copy paper, because I think I would really like the finished product to look like this. I’m also fond of the tagline–I’m maybe thinking about setting the story in a clothing shop, and I like the possibility of that being my super dorky tagline.

It’s gonna be kind of a short post again today; Paul and I just got back from meeting up with my dad in New York, and we had to get up early both yesterday and today in order to be on time. It was great to see him–we don’t usually see each other on this coast or at this time of year, and it was fun to visit New York again even though it was for such a short time. As an added bonus, we got to spend a few hours with Nisse Greenberg–Paul’s friend who does storytelling shows and requests drawings from us sometimes. We also got to go to Strand, where I picked up Jen Wang‘s new book, Koko Be Good. It is amazing and pretty much made me feel like this:

Koko Be Good

Everything about this book was great: the story, the writing, the beautiful palette…all I can really say is, “more, please!”

“Awesome publications” has pretty much been the theme of these past 24 hours. Gina Gagliano from First Second came into our Professional Practices class today to talk about marketing, and she brought in a pile of books for us to look at. This pile included Vera Brosgol‘s upcoming book, Anya’s Ghost. I didn’t have a chance to read it fully, as Gina was giving a really interesting talk and I wanted to listen, but I read as much as I could and concluded that I am going to run out and buy it the minute it is available. It is also beautiful in both the categories of art and drawing, plus I love a good ghost story. Basically, reading both those books in the span of a few hours made me feel like this:

Koko Be Good AND Anya's Ghost!


Anyway, that’s basically all I’ve got for today. Sorry that so many of these past posts have been me fangirling. I hope it doesn’t seem like I’m bragging about the people I get to meet or how cool I apparently think I am–it’s just that Scott C. and Jen Wang and Vera Brosgol have been huge influences on me (hell, Jen and Vera and the rest of the Pants Press Sketchblog crew were what got me started drawing comics that weren’t just fanfiction), and the idea of being able to meet them or just tell them “thank you” is really exciting to me. I’ll try to make sure that I don’t go overboard in the future, but if these ravings get too obnoxious, please feel free to let me know. :)

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