Brief 01 - LICAF Experimental Comic
This was a project based around the event LICAF (Lakes International Comic Art Festival) which takes place annually in the Lake District. The University of Cumbria is a big sponsor of this festival. It was quite exciting to think that I was going to contribute with my own art as well as making a comic spread - something I had never done before. I usually only post my work online, but I have always dreamed of bringing my work to a festival or convention. For me the highlight of this time was getting to see Junko Mizuno's artwork displayed in the gallery, and it was an honour to have her come visit.
We had to respond to this brief quite instinctively, and not dwell in the research or trying out different methods. It was something to start off the year that we could just play around with and have some fun. All three years worked together to put together one (semi) cohesive comic book. We got one or two sentences each that we had to design our comic around, and these sentences came from a song that has been put through translator again and again (hence our comic got named "Lost in Translation").
The comic I came up with was inspired by Emily Carroll, an artist who is great at capturing the scary tone and feel through every element from speech bubbles to colour. It was fitting to take influence from her as I wanted to depict a Victorian murder scene based off my sentence "so take off the hat when you talk to me".