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.
A Warm-up sketch, before I work on setting out compositions for my PhD’s comic. I enjoy changing styles, or “borrowing” styles from other artists, when the mood calls for it. However, I do not mimick them completely–I like to augment little things here or there to the style, as per my own tastes. For example, the French comic artiste Mobius (Jean Giraud) has a nice way of shading with lines. I add this little detail into anything I draw.
The PhD I am due to finish in two years, is really… if I were to simplify it, about utilizing comics as a means of communication. That is, for addressing a sociopolitical issue. For my PhD, the research is concerned in bringing more awareness and understanding to high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. That is, through fictional depictions of characters diagnosed–to depict a more authenticated experience, of how they (may) process the world. One character is a fictional representation of ‘myself’, whilst the other is an amalgam of interviews, literature reviews, and surveys.
I have always been a strong believer in merging both, what one would define as ‘art’, together with ‘theoretics’. That is another reason why I love music. The ‘instrumentalist’, as my viola instructor would call the ‘serious musician’, is a scholar practitioner. They learn the theoretical underpinnings of their craft, and of course, just as well… they apply this knowledge through their respective instrument. And yes, I love music theory. ‘Deed I do.
Now, as for Craig Thompson’s manner of drawing. I am referencing his graphic novella Blankets. I highly recommend it! Thompson draws with his heart.