Friday, 18 October 2013

Sketches for Noir Comic


I'm working on a very short (4 page) comic at the moment, which is a new experience for me. I've been reading comics for years, but I've never drawn one, and it's certainly a learning experience. This one is to go in a noir-themed short-fiction journal called Bordertown, which is a creative writing project that Mr Macska is involved in for uni.

The comic was inspired by this amazing piece of work by Melbourne jeweller William Llewellyn Griffiths, of Metal Couture. A few years ago he created three wind-up dioramas using taxidermied mice, and when you turned the handle the mice moved around.

This is the Swan Lake one, when the handle is turned the curtains open and the three little mice pirouette slowly to the sound of Swan Lake coming from a tiny music box inside. William made the chandelier and the tiny tiaras that the mice are wearing, and his wife Alice made the tutus.

These photos must have been taken before it was fully completed because the finished one is more elaborate, with jewelled trees on either side and some drapery in the background. You can see it in motion on this little video.

Anyway, here are a few poorly photographed sketches from my little comic, which concerns a mouse detective interviewing a serial killer cat who has been murdering and taxidermying mouse showgirls in a perverse attempt to "purify" them by turning them into ballerinas.

I've been tracing over the pencil drawing onto tracing paper with fineliner, and then I plan to scan the images and clean them up in Photoshop.

The finished comic will be a little A5 booklet, made to look like a pulp detective paperback, with the comic inside over 4 pages, and then a little bio of William and a picture of the original Swan Lake dancing mouse contraption.  I'll post more pictures soon as I get more done!

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