One Girl Goes Hunting: Latest Artwork

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John Swogger has created brilliant new artwork for our joint project One Girl goes Hunting.

We’ve both talked before about the challenge of finding the right way of presenting the characters and the story on the page. John has done a tremendous amount of work drawing and redrawing Kat-ya and finding a way of recreating the cinematic sweep of Studio Ghibli animations on the page.

His latest images perfectly capture the Ghibli-style big skies and dynamic landscapes that first made me want to write One Girl… The action sequences look brilliant too, with John’s perfect pacing and layout drawing the reader into the story.

I could keep writing about John’s artwork, but I think you’d rather just look at it for yourselves…

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One Girl: Details and Decisions

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Can you spot the difference between John Swogger’s latest depiction of Kat-ya, and his last?

As John turns my text for One Girl Goes Hunting into images, we’ve both been prompted to ask questions of the characters and make decisions about them.

Kat-ya has been given a grass cape in the most recent drawing, in order to root her in European prehistory.

Seeing Kat-ya on the page also led to discussions of her age, appearance and attitude to the challenges that await her.

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Looking at her, I think Kat-ya’s ready to go out and meet those challenges.

Dr H

One Girl Goes Hunting: new artwork

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John Swogger has been working on the artwork for One Girl goes Hunting, developing the Studio Ghibli look we discussed at the start of the project.

 

From the colour pallette and the warmth of the images…

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To the look of the characters…

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It’s great to watch the story unfolding…

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Dr H

 

Round-up of the Year by Dr H

P1050917One of the highlights of 2013 for me has been Prehistories itself. We’re nearing our 1st birthday, and I’ve really had a lot of fun posting on the blog, reading comments and following up links to other peoples blogs.

Thank you to everyone who agreed to be willing victims in Ask an Archaeologist/ Ask an Artist/ Ask an Author. Everyone who’s taken part has given thoughtful, thought-provoking and entertaining answers. I really appreciate the time you’ve all taken over this feature.

Congratulations to artist Garen Ewing who won the Young People’s Comic Award for the Rainbow Orchid and to Sally Prue, whose book Song Hunter is on the long list for this year’s Carnegie Award.

I have really enjoyed exploring other people’s blogs too. News, opinion, creative engagement with archaeology. Check out the new links page (with more links to come).

A personal highlight for me has been seeing John Swogger’s artwork for One Girl goes Hunting take shape. Check out his latest image of Kat-ya. Awesome!

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More on this project in 2014…

Also I’ve surprised myself this year by discovering how much I love drawing. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me in this direction, especially with the Archaeological Oddities comics. You can now buy Volume 1 on my Etsy store, along with my Make your Own Archaeological Oddities pack as recommended by Alfie (thanks to Lucinda Naylor for the photo).

photo (3)I have a few more comics projects brewing away too. You can head over to my tumblr site to see the more personal work I’m developing at the moment. All a huge learning curve, but a lot of fun.

Finally, I’ve been doing some work on archaeology and comics in school with Steph Moser and Alistair Jones. I’ve also written up a case study of a local school using books on archaeology in their caves topic, which should be published in English 4-11 online sometime early next year.

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Now I feel exhausted! Time for a rest in order to gather myself for whatever 2014 has to offer.

Dr H