Friday, February 20, 2009

Graphic Novel (work in Progress)

This is also my entry for Illustration Fridays theme: INSTINCT
My Instinct told me that I must create a graphic novel based on my cousin's childhood in Manila.
Since this is a work in progress, I'd like to share with you my process and the development of my character. I decided to change the spelling of her name from Cita to Sita. That way, I don't need to explain how to pronounce Cita as " see-tah", as seen in my first sketch. I was happy with the way Sita looks--she was a very frail and skinny girl, she's also a half Chinese/half filipina-- I need to emphasize that background of hers as the graphic novel evolves . My cousin told me that because she's half Chinese, growing up in Manila , she was considered a bit of an outsider among the local Filipinos. I called her yesterday from her New York office and she gave me permission to continue with this project using her childhood experiences as my subject.

I know, I know --this is a big endeavor--but it excites me and although I do not really consider myself a writer--, I can try to visually tell her story at least.

So... today, I gave her some color. I also cropped her body. I did not want her to look as if she was praying. Let me know what you think.


Indigene said...

I love the addition of color!

Fabián Fucci said...

Hi there, Maria! Thanks for your comment, I am currently looking for opportunities for publishing! Do you know by chance any place where I can send samples?

Nice blog you have, I will be checking your web site today.

Maria Madonna Davidoff said...

Yes, I check your email--I will give you some tips on where and how.

Amy C said...

she seems like a super sweet little girl

flower girl said...

Hi Maria! I just found ur blog, and its so lovely :)

Tomás Serrano said...

Nice work. I see you were in Bali too, one of the most beautiful places in the world and with a fantastic art.

Asja said...

Lovely work! The story sounds very interesting, now I'm curious what will happen next in your graphic novel.

Maria Madonna Davidoff said...

Thank you Asja and to everyone who commented. This is one of the reaons I started to blog. It's good to know that there are people out there you can share your work with and get feedbacks.

claudia said...

I'm looking forward to see the next parts of the story!

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