Those Fucking Eyes

frustrated woman with her hands in her hair

Storyboards

Sept 15, 2018

When I was doing research for CUTW last month I read that Sylvia Plath had written a poem called On Looking Into the Eyes of a Demon Lover. The poem is so in sync with what I'm doing in my collection!! This past week I decided to do a short, silent comic for my book using it as a jumping off point.

I've been wanting to do a comic in water-soluble crayon, watercolor pencils and water brush. This comic seemed like a fun way to try them out.

I did the storyboards all in one day. Here are the 12 pages in brush pen (lots of Goya references):

Drawing Process

Sept 22, 2018

I did pencil sketches for the first two pages on the same rough Khadi handmade watercolor paper I used for Chrysanthemum. Then I started to add Ivory Black Cretacolor Aqua Monolith Woodless Watercolor Pencil to the paper. Once I did this I noticed that the pages looked too close to regular watercolor and I didn't want it looking so much like my Chrysanthemum comic.

My brain was suddenly like HEY USE YUPO PAPER INSTEAD! You have to be careful not to get oil from your fingers on the Yupo sheets while you work. The oil causes the paint to bead up. I wear gloves to avoid this. I traced my drawing onto the Yupo. Yupo is a synthetic, machine-made polypropylene paper. It doesn't absorb the paint at all so the appearance is very different than paper made of plant fibers. I'm using the translucent kind.

I added Black Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayon. I like to dip the crayon in water and then draw on the Yupo while the crayon is wet.

I let the drawing dry and then I used a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Deluxe Water Brush to get it wet again and I paint with the water brush and the pigment from the crayon and pencil. I'm careful not to get too much water on the Yupo so it doesn't take too long to dry.

drawings of a woman and a prairie field