More on my PhD project.
A graphic novella. In revising Stuart’s narrative, I wanted to draw him in Craig Thompson’s style. Stuart is a character, who is completely fictional. He is influenced by research on high-functioning Autistic individuals… as well as my own experience.
This is the original style I drew him in, for the first narrative. The style is influenced by two favorite Mangaka of mine: the late Satoshi Kon, and Katsuhiro Otomo of Akira fame. Stuart’s last name ‘Yoshihiro’, is a nod to Satoshi Kon, who adopted this pseudonym during his earlier works. His name ‘Stuart’, is a reference from the fictional Gorillaz front-man “2D”, who’s true name is ‘Stu Pot’. His appearance, is probably based on an amalgam of Alexander David Turner from “Arctic Monkeys”, during the Humbug album–and elvish-looking men . Although, people who have read through drafts of the comic thus far… have mistaken Stuart for being me–so, there is most probably that influence, just as well. Well, he is my son. I created him after-all.
One takes the symbols, which connote their supposed representations and ‘water’ down the depictions to mere abstraction. That is my process in changing/adopting styles. It’s implicit. Not much thought is given to it, truth be. I just do… Also– Hah, there’s only five staves there. Stuart, you wrote them wrong! Start again!