The original storyboard of Ice was created in the last half of my winter 2015 drawing class.
It follows the parallel stories of an archeologist who is working to piece an artefact (the knife) together and the creator of the knife. At this point I was working with the concept of memory loss due to PTSD, and building up a comparison between the fear in the two women's lives. For this draft I was primarily concerned about the technical elements of line, shape and frame progression. These make up the backbone of a visual story. For my next go at it I think I will work in the tonal elements as well, as this will change the look of the previous three. Adding the colour later will not be nearly as detrimental.
Inspired by the dialogue-less Pixar shorts, I wanted to make a comic without words. I really wanted to stretch myself and tell the story entirely with images. This wasn't without success, but the page limit I worked with condensed the story a bit too much. Even so, this really gave me a good feel for the strengths and weaknesses of the story as a whole. I still plan on using elements of silence in my next version, and this first draft showed me the real strength of it. I see it as a way of using empty space. Sometimes the lack of something can make the presence of it later, or in small amounts, that much more powerful. I really enjoyed having dialogue only at the end of this first version when she reaches out to the people close to her.
There are going to be some significant changes in the next version, the biggest one being the inclusion of text and a slightly altered focus (from fear being the number one theme, to finding the strength to face it being the key theme), but I'm proud of this first run through.
Christine is a Canadian illustrator and comic artist. She recently graduated with a BA (English) and a BFA (Visual Arts) from the University of Regina.