Painter, illustrator and comic artist
Good to have another big comic project on the table. I’ve wasted a lot of time of trying to approach it using a shortcuts, but it seems like doing it the old school way is the only way to do it.
Two years ago I’ve read a brilliant article in Wysokie Obcasy (Gazeta Wyborcza) entitled: “Seven deaths of Natalie Wood”, then another one: “Hollywood – the city of demons”. Both of them were written by Magdalena Lankosz, a journalist and movie-critic.
“What a great material for a comic script” – I thought. “I love this girl’s writing. I’d like to paint something darker and beautiful”. From the time when I was a student, working in an advertising agency I knew Magda’s talented husband, Borys Lankosz. I wrote him and asked him: “Would your wife be interested in writing something for me?”. “Ask her yourself”- said Borys and so it had begun.
We’ve met. We’ve talked. We got friends. And then she wrote a…movie script, as she had never dealt with a comic before. The story, entitled “Anastasia” is epic. A toxic relationship of Mother and Daughter. Fame, crime, sex, drugs and violence.
When I started to plan it as a comic it appeared that I can tell the story on 164 pages. It was a lot. I’ve never worked on something that big before. I’ve spend some time on concept arts, I’ve drew a lot of stuff, painted some as well. But I couldn’t embrace this 164 pages so I put this project aside to cool down and think of a better approach.
Last week I’ve started over. With Magda’s approval I’ve divided the story in two. I’ve made a complete storyboard for the first part (72 pages).
Also – I was worried about the color consistency. There is a lot of locations and moods – so I made a color palette for each of them.
And I’ve finished with a mini color storyboards for each page, just like the one below.
Now – wish me luck. Because there is a lot of work ahead of me.