First Person: The Graphic Novel- Evaluation

Finishing my Novel was most definitely a challenge. Although, it was during this project that I found a lot out about myself. Struggling with time management was most definitely the major issue with this project, as I had such a grand idea and wanted to do so much, yet just couldn’t handle the amount of time given. It was during this that I discovered the reason I had such a hard time understanding how to control time, and that was the presence of ADHD. Unfortunately, it was too late into this project that I managed to take the step towards getting diagnosed which lead to my novel suffering.

Fortunately, as I was granted a chance to finish my novel in a retrieval, I ensured to get it scrubbed up to a level I would be happy to show in public.

Now that the issue which effected this project is under control, I will be moving on ensuring to take back the amount of passion and excitement in approaching my projects.

Although this project was most definitely a difficult one, it has been a lot of fun. Creating comics is a hobby of mine, so be able to bring it into a project was completely exhilarating.

One main thing I would change about the final outcome if I could, would be to get a software made for novel making, as I discovered photoshop has a feature which makes comic/ graphic novel making more approachable, I would like to experiment with that more in the future.

Overall, I found this quite a life changing project, both in regaining my passion for comic making, but also facing problems and overcoming them by discovering more about myself.

A selection of a few of my favourite panels/ panels which I believe have the most importance or aesthetic stimulation are placed below. Thank you for following me on my journey of creating this comic.

First Person: The Graphic Novel- Showing metaphor and finalising panels.

So far I have found the process of digitally colouring my illustrations to be quite enjoyable, as the handiness of it is impeccable. When taking the images into Photoshop, I selected the layer that the photo of my illustration is on and selected the multiply tool in order to remove the white in the image, therefore allowing me to create a layer beneath the illustration to colour under the line art yet on top of the white. I also add more definition to the line art by using the ink took in photoshop and drawing over a few of the lines. I took a photo mid process to illustrate the method in progress:

I decided that I wanted a limited colour palette which still had enough potential to create semi- realism images. This is so the images could hold a lot more connection to the readers, and allow them to feel as though they are part of the same world as the main character.

I am going to do close up of hands in my novel, to illustrate the metaphor of the artists hands being stolen/ non existent once their art is perceived as belonging to someone else. As unless you claim your work online in a clear manner, it is easy for someone to get there before you and claim your work as their own if you are not careful enough. The melting/ disintegrating hands will also show how the artists suffer by others selfishness in trying to receive popularity on social media by discrediting work of artists who put their heart and soul into their creations.

I am now starting to put together the pages of the novel using Microsoft PowerPoint. Now, I know this software is not made for creating novel panels, although, as I currently am not able to leave my desk space (due to medical reasons) I have adapted to using it to create my novel.

I believe it is working well. The only downside I have found to using it so far is the fact that it is potentially impossible to cut the frames (the illustrations) in a shape that is not square/ rectangle like. Although, I can add text that goes outside of the frame, which still offers the break of reality illusion, which theoretically draws the reader in further, as it appears reality and the novel world are combining.

Moving the Museum: Review.

This project has been one to truly test my limits of creativity and understanding of how much work goes in to creating a piece which can live up to an appropriate standard to be part of a collective exhibition within Cardiff’s National Museum.

I found this project to be quite a challenge to complete to a standard of my past projects due to the amount of research and tasks I had given myself; although I managed to push myself to create a good body of work/ development which lead to a successful final outcome.

When first exploring this brief I had no clue as to where to start. Do I start with research? Drawing observation? Idea Generation? After contemplating within my sketchbook, we were faced with a task which started to create some rough initial ideas in my head.

This was highly influential in igniting the process of development of my response as experimenting with a tool/ app which I had not used before had opened the curiosity side of myself in which I encountered new possibilities. This was the ‘Animate it’ app which allowed me to do a stop motion animation around the museum. Video of one of my outcomes from this experimentation is displayed below:



Experimenting with stop motion meant that I travelled the whole museum in search for items which I could include within the outcome. During my wandering I located a painting by one of my favourite artists of all time, Francis Bacon. I would say this was the pinnacle moment in the development of ideas that lead to my final concertina outcome.

I found experimenting with the layering of paper within my book to be quite exciting, as I enjoyed the aesthetic produced once the image was layered on top of my illustration. This also took great influence in the outcome of the book, as I found the format in which to make the layering most prominent/ effective during the experimentation stage, I was able to use the method I used in the curation of the artist’s book.

I believe the most difficult part of this project was most definitely choosing the artists to include within my book, as I didn’t have the intention of choosing only male artists, yet the artists I chose were ones which when researched, had the most influential background or a background which brought a whole new meaning to their paintings.

Overall, I am pleased with the work produced within this project. Both of my own and work of others as it was such a wide variation of outcomes presented. Such as a quilt, lamps, miniature sculptures, animations, and my book.

I intend to continue using interactive features such as the HP Reveal app within my work, as I believe it offers a whole new element to the outcome, as audiences get more investigative with the final piece and potentially can begin wishing to research further into the artists displayed in my book to understand the deeper meaning behind my illustrations of their life.

Moving the Museum: Process of creating the final illustrations.

I decided that alcohol markers would be the best medium for myself to add colour into these illustrations, as it isn’t the same material as any of the art pieces by the known artists presented in my book, thus allows offers another modern aspect to the outcome. Also, the range of results achievable with markers are incredible, as you can get strong, blocky images or you can get nicely blended colours, almost appearing as if it were done digitally.

I have used markers for many years, yet haven’t used them for any past projects. I believed this would be the time to put my skill of markers to display for others to see, as again, it offers interesting effects.

Moving the Museum: Interactive HP Reveal App.

I have decided to present the following photographs of the 10 artists that I decided to illustrate for in this project. In order for the images to appear you must follow my account: AmyJG on the app HP Reveal. Once my account is followed the interactive feature begins to take place.

Once scanning the illustrations based on the backgrounds of the artists, the following photos of the artists appear:

Moving the Museum: Artists research.

To gather information of the artists which I have chosen, I relied on both books and articles. Andy Tuohy’s book entitled ‘Great Modern Artists A to Z’ was of great use as it contained information of 3 out of 10 artists whom I chose to be part of my concertina.

All 10 artists chosen has work displayed at the base museum at the time of this post. These artists include:

  • Francis Bacon
  • David Hockney
  • Lucian Freud
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Man Ray
  • John Kyffin Williams
  • Spencer Gore
  • Charles Sargeant Jagger
  • Walter Sickert
  • Augustus John

The research discovered was then documented in my sketchbook using the most significant factors of the artsts life. The information found is as follows:

Images of theirs that I will be referencing through colour palette:

Francis Bacon:

David Hockney:

Lucian Freud:

Pierre-Auguste Renoir:

Man Ray:

John Kyffin Williams:

Spencer Gore:


Charles Sargeant Jagger:

Walter Sickert:

Ennui c.1914 Walter Richard Sickert 1860-1942 Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1924 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N03846

Augustus John

Moving the Museum: Format of Response.

Whilst pondering on the anxious thoughts of ‘how can I make this outcome effective for the audience, as well as myself?”, I struck an idea.

I decided that a concertina book would be a much more engaging way to display my illustrations of artists backstories than that of a common artists book.

I think this because a concertina once opened, almost looks like walls, such as the museum exhibition walls with the artist’s paintings being displayed; almost having an illusion of a ‘miniature museum’.

I have decided to go with this idea as I have also not yet created a concertina as a response to any of my past briefs, and it’s always good to test your limits and understanding of creativity.

Development of presentational factor
Measurements of Concertina.