BD FIL 2014 / 5†R.I.P.
The theme was “Strip Tease” and I particularly liked it, not for the reason you may think, but because the word itself “strip” has so many connotations.
The end result came as an illustration of the many aspects of the word. As a verb it could mean to take off clothing, to plunder, to empty… as a noun it could be a comic strip (there are 5 of them, hence the lettering of the title), a bandage, a street…
I’ve added some numbers all over the panel. Each strip is numbered on its first upper box and the number 42 appears on every strip as a reminder of the absurdity of the journey the woman takes.
Even though the basic idea and layout came to me quickly, I did struggle a lot to find the adequate box rhythm and content.
Technically I’ve decided to pursue with the kind of clear line I previously used but worked this time exclusively with vector based strokes.
This panel has made 2nd at the BDFIL competition. Official site of the 2014 competition
Here are the preliminary sketches i did for it.