So, 69, ongoing graphic novel series made up of 69 chapters, each re-interprated by a different artist. Written by a close friend, Karthik Ramachandra and exhibited once a month at False Ceiling gallery in Mumbai.
Karthik has been wanting to tell his story for some time, Chapter 1 was exhibited and he was looking for someone to take up the task of Chapter 2. It was interesting to collaborate with a fellow designer on a none commercial project, drawing on our love for art & design. We soon found ourselves having late nights sketching out the plot and drinking rocket fuel.
What interested me was seeing how the various styles and approaches of the different artists would develop over time and the challenge of drawing 25 spreads with an exhibition deadline looming just a few weeks away.
After receiving the script i roughly sketched different scenes in the margin to work out the various panels. Whilst also hanging and chatting with Karthik discussing the best way we could translate his script.
Then it was important to start some sketching, as it was 2 weeks to exhibition day. I started with the main charater, Karthik, his charater had to have the right overall look, simple to reproduce across different scenes and also extended into other characters in the story.
It was clear quite early that i wanted to simplify and lighten the overall feel. As this 2nd chapter is a sweet, light flirt before…
It made sense to start from where Fiza and Yogesh (previous artists) had left off. Having a slice of the previous chapter but at the same time an evolution.
Chapter 1 – Illustrated by Fiza Husain Khan & Yogesh / Chapter 2 – initial cover sketch by Cabein
The cover developed from this small b/w sketch, we begin where we left off…
Text from the script was cut out and pasted on the various sketches to find the best positioning.
Below: Wall of notes per spread on colour, printing and text edits
Sketch and final colour.
Due to time i had to digitally colour the final images.
Ideally it would haven nice to paint the final panels.
Work Staff – Character sketches, adapted to “Match the following relationship game.
Cell Framed and Opening Zenzi Spread.
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