Here I am making a thread, well hows about that!
Been working on a uni project recently. A narrative driven illustration.
This is the given premise:
A teenage girl is alone on a subway train, deep in thought. Through the windows we see a futuristic
landscape. She looks up, startled by a man approaching her.
YOU GET TO DECIDE: Who is she? Where is she going? What is her relationship with the man? What
sort of planet is this? How will the audience know this is a moving subway train? Is there advertising on
the walls? Do we get a sense of culture? Are there others on the train?"
Its not very strict. Anyway, I was more interested in building the environment and trying to tell a story with that and using it to contribute to the suspense.
This was my original idea. But I found that I just couldn't get it right and it felt just a bit to chaotic. Though I've been wondering if that is not a larger problem!
Here was the first image of the next idea. Murkier, and not so actiony. The idea is that the girl is getting on the tram, disguised as the passengers and pedestrians she is surrounded by, while a police robot/monster scans the crowd looking for her.
Next I started brainstorming the passengers/pedestrians. Strange creatures/robots who communicate very differently to how humans do.
There are some cops in those doodles, but here are some more that I drew much earlier when I was first making ideas in class.
I've really liked drawing the horn faced dudes. There is something simple and silly about them, they remind me of worker bees, going about their regular day pattern, pretty simple minded and quite weak. So printed a scan of the original doodle and drew over it.
And here is a larger layout that I was just working up. I thought that making the environment taller would make it more menacing and overbearing. The screens would no humans signs or maybe a news report with arrested humans in similar garb to the one getting on the tram, a simple identifying colour that could be seen underneath her disguise?
So thats it so far. I have a few concerns.
1. That the tension or the story will be lost in the detail. I'm thinking that a simple colour palette could draw the eye to the right places though I'm not confident about that yet and really need to just jump in and give it a try.
2. That the horn faced dudes are just a subconscious theft on my part of someone else's work. Though this is bound to happen with a hell of a lot of things.