Not Here : Not There
The first three chapters of the novel, written and illustrated by the artist, took the course of one year for senior year thesis at the Maryland Institute of Art (MICA). Throughout the year, she designed the concept art of the characters and story, wrote three chapters of the novel, illustrated all three chapters with full page illustrations, and designed the novel for print.
Documentation of the character designs and blurbs, the process of creating the illustrations, the gallery show, and a web-exclusive chapter of the novel can be found below.
Initial Character Design, from Left to Right:
Eoin Moore: Irish-English 21 years old.
Gets annoyed that everyone thinks that he has a girl name. When people don't tease him about his name or his ginger hair, he's the nicest man you'll meet, and the heart of the group. He''s gone from blue collar to high class society, thus he appreciates the opportunities he has now.
Pet name: Eowyn. The name was created when they all got drunk and thought it was funny that when you shout "Eh Eoin', it sounds like the Lord of the Rings name. Somehow this stuck.
Gabriela Rivera: Latina-American 21 years old.
Got to go to private school after her mother in the military moved to Britain on a base nearby. Biggest pet peeve is people speaking like a "cowboy" to her, and tends to groan at the word 'Murica'. Otherwise, she's the kid and life of the group
Pet name: Gabby. She says it sounds like a name from some Disney show. It likely is.
Katarina Nowak: Polish. 23 years old.
Hates most sports because she doesn't like the "aggressive-nature" it causes in people. Tends to spend an hour at least every day picking out what she wants to wear, and shivers at the thought of those "scratchy awfully fitted" uniforms in college. Tends to be the most logical thinker of the group, and keeps them out of trouble.
Pet Name: Kat. *sighs* Of course it's Kat, how original.
Ji-Hun Kim: Korean. 22 years old.
Technically he is still in college due to having to serve back in Korea for two years. He's always been the most relaxed of the group, lounging around the dorm room couches, smoking, and doesn't seem to enjoy anything other than museums and good music. While his parents still want him to pursue a more academic career, he just wants to paint.
Pet name: Ji-Ji. He tends to act offended that it sounds girly, but usually he's more offended that it's the Korean word for 'dirty'.
Process of the Illustrations in 'Not Here : Not There':
1. Sketch several ideas for a couple of 'scenes' in each chapter. Use a small notepad and ballpoint pen that you can bring anywhere. Select the images that you enjoy the most and scan.
2. Scan the image in high resolution and use Photoshop to reduce the image to just black and white lines.
3. Keep the resolution high and scale the size of the canvas up so that you can draw digitally in high detail. Use a basic line brush in Photoshop and tweak the sketch as you progress on.
4. Add color and edit it so that the red leads the eye to the focus of the image, leaving the blue as a place of rest. Transfer image to Indesign and you're finished!
The range of time for each image was varied on the amount of detail and complexity of subject matter needed to portray in the image.
Documentation of the opening show I had at MICA's Artwalk May 11th in the Fox 3rd Floor for 'Not Here: Not There'
A copy of the first chapter of the book can be found here as a pdf. Feel free to read the text, and send me an email of what you think through my contact tab!