Saturday, 5 February 2011
I am working on a new project which will be a graphic novel set in 1700s London and based around the life of a well-known British figure. The characters are all based on real people and I have been researching into the people, costumes, writings and culture of the time.
A lot of the source material for the drawings have come from films and paintings:
Most of these are from the films 'Barry Lyndon' and 'Farrinelli'.
Some typography from leaflets, posters and other publications -
So far I'm planning that the graphic novel will be in black and white and I've been working with various materials for this, mainly charcoal, pen and ink. I want the atmosphere to be dark and grimy, which the charcoal really helps bring out:
This is a rough idea for two chacters, Kate Hackabout and Betty Careless. I have used a combination of black pen, charcoal and putty rubber for the highlights:
Some rough, un-developed sketches of James Thornhill, who will feature in the story :
Below are some hasty drawings of a crowd scene in 'Farinelli', drawn as the film was running:
More to follow later! :-)