is amazing.

As much as I love these in a book, I think they look really nice as a series of prints too!

My companion comic printed and bound. I used some images I’d been exploring the blotted line technique with as dividers between each mini story segment. I though they looked like things the sisters might have made a note of on their travels.

The Swamp Star. Bound, printed, finished!

So this is the kind of epilogue to the Swamp Star. The two sisters travel back to the swamp, but things are different this time. Bho gets to go with her sister fishing for food, so she doesn’t retreat into her head so much. She is also able to cut out a perfect star shape. 

This comic is Bho, the little girl, going off into her own head again. But she is interrupted by her sister pointing out a load of shooting stars in the sky. This is sort of the prologue to The Swamp Star. One of the shooting stars falls from the sky and Bho find it in the story.

I decided I would go back to the rough sketches I did for a comic-style layout. Instead of retelling the whole story this way I’ve decided this will be a companion piece to the Swamp Star. 

I got a bit deep with the whole thing, and it doesn’t really match the tone of the other illustrations I did. I sort of expanded on the little girls hopelessness and (sort-of) depression.

I don’t really know how to explain it except she’s very sad and lonely so she goes off into her own imagination, and her sister is sad as well because she doesn’t know how to help her. Its all very depressing. 

My series of illustrations so far! I’m thinking of binding them together with a simple Japanese side stitch Hannah taught us in book binding. 

A final scene I decided to add. I felt as though the story didn’t really look resolved with the desert picture. 

Quentin Blake 5/5

Quentin Blake was probably one of the first illustrator I became aware of as a child, reading Roal Dahl’s books. For his lasting contribution as a children’s illustrator he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2002, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books.


William Hogarth’s A Harlots Progress (1732) 4/5

Extract from Dissertation -

A Harlots Progress by William Hogarth was originally a series of six oil paintings (1731, destroyed in a fire in 1755) these were the first of what Hogarth called his ‘modern moral subjects’. In 1732 Hogarth created etchings of these paintings and printed a great number of them which he sold to the masses. 

The six prints chart the miserable fate of a young woman named M or Moll Hackabout on her arrival in the city from the country looking for work. Moll picked up by a brothel mother for the pleasure of a perverted aristocrat where she then descends through a series of increasingly tragic events that Hogarth traces out remorselessly from start to end: her passing into hands of a rich Jewish man who she then betrays with a younger suitor, her career as a common prostitute, her subsequent arrest for practising her trade where she is sent to Bridewall Prison, and finally her undignified death from venereal disease. Her coffin confirms her age as 23.

The series was originally developed from the third scene: Hogarth already having painted a prostitute in her apartment on Drury Lane, which at the time was one of the worst slums in London, famous for its prostitution and gin palaces, and then decided on creating scenes from her earlier and later life.

Hogarth was born in 1697 and grew up in the middle class where his time spent drawing the many people he saw on the street undoubtedly lead to his fascination with the moral and immoral behaviour of the people of the 18th century. Moll’s arrest and imprisonment in the story could have been influenced by Hogarth’s own father’s time spent at Fleet Prison for a time during his childhood, his father spending five years there for unpaid debts.