James Groeling is a freelance visual creator in NYC. With work ranging from Fine art paintings, sculptures and murals, to illustration work for comics and games. Consistently creating in some sense or another.
This sketchbook -
While looking at the themes, a few of them stood out to me, in particular: underwater, comic book ending, and long stories with short endings. After that I started letting my imagination play around, and pulled some ideas from my everyday sketchbook to put together a short narrative with merfolk inspired creatures. In the back of the sketchbook you can see my work process and how I was navigating through ideas and concepts. As well as which of those I cut out to make this story a bit more cohesive.
The next step was determining medium to use. After some experimentation, I realized that I wasnt going to be able to do the colors and approach I wanted with the existing paper in my sketchbook, so I gutted it, and cut some watercolor paper down as my sheets. Kept these loose while working on the book, and then stitched them all in to finish the book.
I went with the thicker watercolor paper and a more loosely bound book to better match the artwork style I was going for, which was loose and fun.
I very much enjoyed working on this and think I'll be using the images and concepts from this to develop a more complete story to illustrate and put into publication. Want to incorporate more authentic underwater environments and make the previous existence of humans in this world a bit more felt.
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