Custom comic book commission: The Adventures of Super Katie

Commissioned as a birthday gift for her sister Jenny asked me to create a comic based on the extraordinary life of her sibling. She told me wonderful and deeply personal tales of Katie traveling all over the world, finding herself, loosing one of her closest friends and i assembled them into a narrative that we felt represented her amazing spirit. The comic is hand painted and inked on watercolour paper to add a specialness to match the memories. Then I bound the illustrations into an accordion style book so that the pages could be flipped through one by one or fully extended to enjoy as one long panel. 

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comic pg 1

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Brexit

An illustration of a screaming child pulling away from her mother who believes she knows best for the situation. I sketched this with ink on a newspaper article about the event and decided to depict the situation this way because that is how I understood it. The mother is a stand in for the older generation who wanted to exit the European Union and the child a stand in for those who wished to remain.

 

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Brexit

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Oasis Resort: 2019 Finalist for the Walt Disney Imaginations Competition 

A design project I worked on with teammates Juan Felipe Suarez Padilla, Nicole Bariuan, and Scia Verma for the 2019 Imaginations Competition. The prompt was to design a resort of theme park based on one of the wonders of the world so we chose the hanging gardens of Babylon for our inspiration.

"Inspired by the rich stories surrounding the existence of the Hanging Gardens amidst Babylonian Culture, Oasis: A Disney Resort and Spa serves as a relaxing and immersive retreat for families and friends alike. With a towering central garden and wildlife spread throughout, Oasis brings the wonder of the Hanging Gardens to then country of Qatar. The resort mirrors a living oasis – epitomizing the vision of a completely sustainable ecosystem in the midst of an arid climate. Whether it’s strolling along the sparking blue path or gazing up at the constellations from the observatory, Guests will be treated to an enchanting experience drawing from both contemporary Arabic and ancient Mesopotamian culture."

Daytime activities
Daytime activities

This piece shows multiple activities that can be done at the resort during the daytime such as garden excursions, fun in the pool, and exploring cultural artifact replicas.

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Nightime activities
Nightime activities

Here I highlight the beauty of taking a stroll under the night sky and lit date palm trees.To honour oral tradition and ancient celestial knowledge, you can see story time occurring in the window behind the stargazers.

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Overview of the resort
Overview of the resort

The main building is in the center and is surrounded by pools, gardens and many small villas for guests. The main building is called Kirimahu, an old Mesopotamian word describing a pleasure garden as the umbilical chord between heaven and earth.

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Daytime activities
Daytime activities

This piece shows multiple activities that can be done at the resort during the daytime such as garden excursions, fun in the pool, and exploring cultural artifact replicas.

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Biters

This is a story board sequence I did while working with graduate film student Matt Sherwood on his film "Biters" which debuted in 2020 as a SXSW short film. "Biters" is a horror film about a surfer who finds herself infected by a parasite after bumping into an infected bull corpse floating in the ocean. She spends the next few days noticing changes in her body and is horrified by what she finds. After a battle with the small beast she ends up with permanent damage in  her inner ears and is informed she will be unable to surf again as a result.

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Drawn frames compared to final stills with striking similarity

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Maxine

A series of illustrations and character designs soon to be compiled into a look book. These images accompany the written work of recently graduated script writer Ike McIntosh. The story is intended to be an animated pilot for a television show about Maxine, an 11 year old girl who simultaneously battles aliens to save earth with her karate skills while trying to pass her classes. 

Maxine ready for school
Maxine ready for school

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Maxine ready to fight
Maxine ready to fight

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Quads
Quads

Quadruplet little brothers of Maxine that get into serious mayhem when no one is watching

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Maxine ready for school
Maxine ready for school

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Selkie Story Board

This is a visualization of a Scottish folk tale about a Selkie, a mythological creature that can transform from a seal to a human by taking off her coat. In this story a fisherman unknowingly comes across a group of Sekies playing on land. Startled the group quickly put on their coats and swim back into the sea. Unfortunately one woman does not make it in time and the fisherman picks up her coat. Knowing that once in possession of her magical talisman she could not return to sea, he beckons her to return home with him and promises to be good to her. He hides the coat and overtime the two create a life together, falling in love and starting a family. But although the Selkie woman loved her children dearly, every time she looked to sea she wept for her the home she could not return to. One day her youngest son asked her why she looked so sad and after explaining, the little one ran away returning with the coat his father had hidden. The mother rejoiced, embraced her boy and left transforming back into the seal she once was. Later his father arrives home to find the boy scared for the scolding he thought he was about to receive, for he had set his mother free. Instead the old fisherman held him close, knowng this boy was braver and more selfless than he could ever be.

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Church of the Citrus

18" x 18" painting of a constructed environment in which slices of fruit act as stained glass windows which pool light into a room occupied by a single altoid sat on it's box alongside a piece of string. For the fullest effect I created my own reference imagery to transform these objects into characters that inhabit a believable space.

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