I drew the background image of this collage in 2009 for my comic Flying Solo. This image went across panels 6, 7 and 8 on page 5. In the comic, you’ll see that some additional work was done to my protagonist in Photoshop. I later added the red when I made this collage in 2011.
I grew up in a patch of woods, surrounded by farmland. While I love many of the perks of living in a big city, large crowds and densely packed places can be overstimulating and trigger anxiety, so I tend to avoid them, or I go in when I feel mentally prepared. I tried to visualize this tendency towards overstimulation in Flying Solo. Trips back to my childhood home or to the Catskills offer a nice reprieve from all the fussy noise of the city.
The two hooded figures were drawn in 2010 for my comic Martian Debut. This image went across panels 4 and 5 on page 18. Like my previous comics, I took a cell animation approach to creating my panel art. Each element of each panel was created separately and then scanned into the computer. This let me move each element around independently, so I could be precise with my layouts and control how an image like this would spread across 2 panels.
Every time I start a new project, I first assess how I can change my illustration style to best suit the material. This collage provides a good comparison between artworks made for two different projects, drawn one year apart from each other.