Process: The Jellyfish Book, Part 1 of 2

I’ve been having a lot of fun working on my last accordion book for my screenprinting/book making class so I thought I’d share with you my process in making it.

Shall we start at the beginning? An idea can sometimes start with something as stupid as this:

A glass of water and someone throwing up

Hm, that was an interesting start but kind of weird. The water reminded me of the jellyfish I drew a lot of recently so maybe I’ll start from there? How can I make that work into a book? When I made the coffee book, I thought it looked nice but it lacked any kind of narrative which made it a little boring. So after a while, I came up with this:

Jellyfish inside a whale.... jellyfish being eaten by a whale! A HA!

A book about being eaten by a whale. Jellyfish like that can be easily mistaken for plankton?

An interesting idea isn’t enough. After I get a concept, I spent a long time fleshing out the details. Everything from how the jellyfish would gather on their way into the whale’s mouth, the position of the whale’s eyes, how the book would eventually look slightly folded open, etc, are all small but important details to me.

The devil is in the details, right?

After I sketch enough, I start making the transparencies for screen printing. Some people draw their images on paper with a pencil first and then draw their images onto transparencies with a pen but I decided to skip the step and just wing it and start with the pen on the transparencies. Sometimes it’s more fun to just deal with the consequences.

The first 2 panels

The last 2 panels

I made a bunch of other layers too… in screenprinting, each color needs its own transparency…. oh man, this is a long process. I’ll continue this in my next entry!

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