Neverland

Fashion Comic

 

Teleporting means no more vehicle pollution, but your clothes cannot go with you during the trip...

 
 

Between June and October 2016, I collaborated with Renae Cusmano (@renae.cusmano on Instagram) on a story-driven comic to support her undergraduate honors fashion project. Renae came up with her overall concept: in the future, we use teleporters to travel, but this demands clothing to be disposable before each trip, and to be easily 'clipped onto' people's bodies.

This comic is a silent, abstract interpretation of the theme from the point-of-view of a young woman.

 
 
 
 

The final result was a saddle-stitched booklet, with semi-transparent cover and center pages, to mimic the kind of fabric material Renae used for her designs.


Process

 
 

Colour, style and Character Concepts

Renae's photography of her fashion design.

Renae's photography of her fashion design.

I looked for something that would be easy to produce style-wise, but still had volume to it. Some of these concepts got 'recycled' later for the middle spread.

A few sample colour schemes I mixed and matched until arriving at the final colour scheme.

My client wanted the main character to give the impression of 'confidence and attitude'. In the end, we settled for the bottom right idea.

A simple anatomy base for my own reference.

Backgrounds and Layout

Initially, I made the suggestion to somehow incorporate her fashion photography into the comic; as 'hero' shots of sorts. We later scrapped that idea and went for an illustration-only comic.

Working with transparent paper meant that the cover and innermost spread could be interpreted multiple ways.

An early 'change room' concept. It felt a bit flat and lifeless.

Testing the hallway background, with the intention to look like evening. I lightened the atmosphere in the later pages.

First experiment with the second-to-last spread. Anatomy went awry here, though I learnt how to deal with the 'chemical' digital brushes.

Page Drafting

Some of the pages were split up into two or three to smooth out the story-telling.

Some of the pages were split up into two or three to smooth out the story-telling.