Between the Co:Lab activity and a hectic couple of weeks I have managed to finish another illustration for encerrados afuera, an Argentinian website I collaborate with. As mentioned in a previous post, I concentrate on one element of the narrative for each chapter to come up with the final picture. Sometimes this takes many reads and sometimes is a first read snap. With this one it took many reads, and as with some other ones, it was a single sentence that finally sparkled the concept.
The main character talks about his first album and the first CD he ever bought, these being Rush's Moving Pictures and the Stone Roses first album. The writer describes the Stone Roses's album as a sunny valley separating two mountain ranges, one being The Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy and the other one My Bloody Valentine's Loveless. After some initial doodling where I concentrated on things like vinyl, Rush and the Roses, I had a re-read and the idea that if there was such valley then a postcard could be send from there!
I tried to keep the aesthetics somewhere between the late 80's and early 90's, just like the albums mentioned and the actual storyline of the novel.
As the CEO for encerrados afuera is on a tour of Europe, this will do as a sneak preview until the chapter officially appears in its on-line form. You can see the first sketch and the final result next to this lines and below.