I need to practice more on planning where and what should be. I had a huge problem with that. I tried to draw it but it appeared that I cant to it this way, so I ended up spending hours moving stuff in Photoshop to find the right position for everything.
I like the effect that the old newspaper font gives to the comic, it suits it well, creating an illusion of the 1920’s newspaper
I think the use of the wallpaper/canvas texture was a good choice. It helped to create feeling of the ‘oldness’.
I used picture hangers and nails to create the feeling (first was the imitation of the newspaper) of an old house.
Sticking the drawings in to the picture frames seemed to be a better solution than just having them pointlessly floating in the background. Mainly because everything just seems to be in the right place.
Black and white solution. Most of the things about Władysław Starewicz and what he made is in B&W. The whole time he lived was like it. I thought it can’t be any other way, ’cause that is what he left us.
Black and white to colour transition. In the beginning I wanted to start the coloured part of the comic with the picture of “Fern flower” and then I found the information about Wes Anderson’s inspiration of “The Tale of the Fox” and creating “Fantastic Mr. Fox”. Little coincidence that “The Tale of the Fox” happened just before so it was the perfect moment to show this colour transformation.
The fact that only “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is in real bright colours and the next three pictures are a bit faded is because Mr.Fox is from XXI century so of course it will be much brighter than the first coloured films.
The title. The soul of the beetle. Władysław’s journey with film started just because he really wanted to film live beetles fighting over a woman and it realy wasn’t possible at the time. Maybe if he could have done it, the whole concept of the puppet would not appear for another 50 or more years. So to me, he has The soul of the beetle, and I can’t think of a more apt title.
Comic was made in Manga Studio and then edited in Photoshop. Took me way too long, but I never actually made a proper comic like that.
I am having some troubles with puting everything in the right spaces…
Other than this the work is going fine, I am almost there.
Still need to draw Mr.Fox and Starewicz’s Fox together, I don’t know if I can handle drawing Fantastic Mr. Fox because of the quality of the picture that the film has been presented in. Starewicz’s Fox will be definitely easier because of the black and white roughness.
I wanted to make speech bubbles but I ended with only one because this is the only thing I have actually found that Starewicz said.
Cant wait to see the end of this. I am not sure if it will look how I want to or even if it is any good… at the moment I really dont like the colours on the pictures. Makes them look like I have made it in MS paint…
First I made sketches to visualise chosen pieces from the text I have written.
Then I realized that I can’t draw all of them, because the comic is supposed to be approximately 4 pages, A4 with 800 words in it and all those images won’t fit in there. Also, after a while I thought that they aren’t really neccesary. So I have chosen the ones I found most important:
1.Young Władysław with his grandmother greving
2. Young Władysław fascinated with nature
3. Beetles fight
4. Beetle cut in to pieces
5. Starewicz as a beetle
6. Starewicz and his family arriving in Moscow to meet with Hanżonkow
8. Analog camera view on to film
10. Frog King
11. Meeting of the Fantastic Mr. Fox with Starewicz’s Fox
13. Starewicz with his daughters after his wife died
14. Starewicz’s gravestone
First view of drawings
Work is going well but I’m being lazy ’cause Christmas break….
Władysłąw Starewicz working on a beetle for Beautiful Lukanida
Władysłąw Starewicz with daughter and puppets made for The Tale of the Fox
Princess of Romania
Lucanus Cervus, known as Stag Beetle
Fantastic Mr Fox
Analog Cameras 6×6
Moscow Red Square
Google maps ❤
Flag of China
Old newspapers from April 1912
The pictures I have chosen are necessary for my project because they help me understand the nature of time from 1880 to 1970. How everything looked in the photos, prints, how people had their hair and the fashions. Also it makes me realise how cold everything appears in black & white and how cool old newspaper font is. I think I can be more believable now.
References: (I added references later because I had forgotten about it…)
Прекрасная Люканида, или война рогачей и усачей (1912) фильм смотреть онлайн – YouTube. 2016. Прекрасная Люканида, или война рогачей и усачей (1912) фильм смотреть онлайн – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzQCFlx5hvw. [Accessed 27 January 2016].
Create a Manga/comic illustrating the rise and demise of a classic early age animator/cartoonist taking into account visual style and their contribution to the development of animation… 4 sides of A4 800 words
My choice is Władysław Starewicz polish animator born in 1882 in Moscow, the first in history to make a film using puppets.