FMP Production LogFMPBRAINSTORMGraphic Novel/Comic Book,Set in medieval times focuson a hunting story or ascouting missionSet of comic strips over aseries of newspapers ormagazinesElectronic comic strip releasedonline over a period of weeks omonthsGraphic Novel set inthe early 1900’sfocusing on a jazzsinger of importancebefore their fame orrising to their fame3D model of a 1900’s jazz clubenvironmentAdobe Illustration of a series of oldfashioned 1900’s posters displaying jazzmusic and blues instruments to be shown inmusic stores to either attract jazz fans orincrease peoples interest in jazz and blues.3D model of anidea for a newstyle of jazz clubset in town
For my Final Major Project I settled on the idea of creatinga graphic novel based the iconic jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.The main reason I chose this as my final idea is because Ienjoy listening to her kind of music and already knew a lotabout her life and backstory beforehand. This is because Igrew hearing about her from my grandmother andbecame invested in her work later on. Therefore I know Iwould understand the characters and the time and age.I focused on Ella Fitzgerald because she is my favouritejazz singer, and the most relatable for me. I decided toinclude other jazz singers who would make guestappearances or be more involved in the actual plot likeNina Simone, Ethel Waters and Nat King Cole.Settling on an Idea
Gathering ResearchFor my research I went into Manchester Townand entered a few different stores that soldcomics and graphic novels and merchandise likethat.I took previously written up questionnaires andasked as many people as I could about theirpreferences to Graphic Novels genre, make andstyle, and their purpose of being in the store onthat day. I got more than ten responses, includingone from the store owner.
Ideas Generation, using research collectedFrom handing out my questionnaires I havediscovered that the majority of comic and graphicnovel fans prefer hardback books to any otherkind, and would be interested in my idea.Therefore I have decided to continue workingwith my black hardback sketchbook for theGraphic novel and with the general idea of EllaFitzgerald’s rise to fame.
Qualitative and Quantitative ResearchForums and Polls,On carrying out my different types of research (qualitativeand quantitative) I went online to look at statistics of thebest sold kind of graphic novels over the past few years andthe best sold genre and type. This was to get a generaloverlook of the preferences of the community as a wholerather than a close inquiry of specific people’s preferences.I also looked at numerous comics and graphic novel forumsand polls to witness the overall outlook of the specificaudience of people.
Carrying out visual researchVisiting Manchester Art Gallery and Dawson’s Music StoreTo carry out extra research I visitedManchester Art Museum and the Dawson’smusic store to look at 1900’s work moreclosely. I found quite a few pieces from theearly 1900’s time frame and photographedthem including furniture and place settings.When I visited Dawson’s music store to lookfor brass instruments such as saxophonesand trumpets that would have been playedback in the 1920’s time. Unfortunately theydidn’t have anything that matched what Iwas looking for in stock and only had lyricsand note books on jazz music so I wentonline instead when I returned home andcollected images from their website of oldfashioned types of saxophones andtrumpets and uploaded them onto my blog.
Storyline and Character ListThe main focus of the project is the storyline as it is essentially a novel. I would create the project by first creating therough outline of what would happen, usually by using bullet points to convey the story in small parts from the beginning tothe end, and then read over it and check it to make sure that it flowed well. The bullet points therefore provide structureto the project, the basic shell of the idea if you will.I would specifically focus on Ella Fitzgeralds’ life and biography. This would give me a clear idea of what happened in herearly life so I could use the general scenarios in my novel so it appears if only a little realistic and follows most truths ofher life. I would be respectful above all else and show her in a good light so as not to offend anyone, but also becauseshe has been a idol to both me and my grandmother. I would hopefully create unique and interesting characters with astory of their own and their own personality, without veering from the original concept of following Ella.The title ‘Hollow Queen’ came to me because Ella Fitzgerald was originally the Queen of Jazz. I decided on the titlebecause I already had an idea of how I could put a fantastical twist into the storyline to add intrigue.I was thinking that I could add the fictional idea of a temptation which offered her fame and wealth such as aunderhand, back street voodoo character, or demons of some sort beckoning her to accept a deal for glory. This wasmainly because when she was younger she went through a very difficult time which made her vulnerable andunpredictable, including the death of her mother Tempie and her boyfriend Joe, being sent to a rehabilitation school ,being beaten and living rough. So the story would revolve around whether the Queen of Jazz chose to believe a charlatangifted her talent, and that she did not earn it, or that she worked for her passion all her life.• Provide structure• Break up the storyline into smaller main points• Separate storyline into larger chapters so Iunderstand where in the story I am (beginning,middle toward the end)
Pre ProductionThe main materials I would require to complete this project I fortunately have easy access to. Theseresources include a good quality pencil, and hardback sketchbook, and accompanying drawing tools such asrulers, erasers, sharpeners etc. Once the novel is sketched out, I will decide whether or not to ink it with fineliners and Indian ink to make it stand out, or leave the original work and scan it in to add black tone as wellas hints of colour. If I decided to add colour to the novel I would use Photoshop or another computerprogram to add hints of light colour in a mainly black and white world.I also worked out what Copyright Issues could arise with the creation of my projectI should presume that any work published after 1922 will be protected under the US. Copyright law. A workthat isn’t protected by the copyright law is known as public domain and is available to be used freely. If it isunder intellectual properties law then unauthorised use may be okay. A principle known as “fair use” allowsme to copy small parts or pieces of a work without obtaining permission but as is left to interpretation, canbe a risk.The obvious risk of not requesting permission would be being sued. It is recommended that I seekpermission if I am unsure whether it is public domain or not. A fee may be required to continue workingwith permission depending on the factors.To seek permission I must identify the owner of the rights of the work that I wish to use. For my graphicnovel I wish to use a fictional representation of somebody who actually existed Ella Fitzgerald. Sadly theQueen of Jazz passed away June 15th 1996 in Beverly Hills, USA; therefore I would have to search for herpredecessor who would be the owner of her estate in the present. I would have to do this for any otherperson I wish to use as well.
Carried Out Visual Research Reference Images For CharactersTemperenceFitzgerald(Tempie- Ella’s mother)Dizzy Gillespies bandChick WebbRay BrownElla Fitzgerald Ethel Waters Billie HolidayBenny CarterPaulRobesonDukeEllington
Character Sketches and drawing stylesElla FitzgeraldStudiesCharacterIdeas
Carried Out Visual Research for CharactersTaken from Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge
Sneaky and dishonest, disreputableamongst the dead, which is howTempie knows of himChanges over time,becomes thinner andmore skeletal andderanged, his trueself begins to showthrough as theDemon slowly takeshis youth and healthbecause he is notbeing paid the fullamount.Like how the Beldamfrom Coralinechanges over timebecause Coralinedisobeys her anddoesn’t believe her.Dresses refined to fit in with the time andeveryone else, is conniving and calculating whenit comes to deals, there is always a catch,usually payment for the demonCarried Out Visual Research and Inspiration for the Trickster
Carried Out Visual Research and Inspiration for the DemonDiscolouration of the eyes, red, yellow, black,white, an abnormal colour with no showingpupils or iris, just one whole abnormal colourAppears mainlyhuman so she canblend in when inpublic but canchange her face,remove her covereasilyTaken from popular American television show Supernatural, Dragon Age cinematic trailer ‘Sacred Ashes and Concept Art World
Beginning ProductionVisual Research, Graphic Novel Styles and Covers
Some of My favourite InspiringArtistsJo ChenDraws for Buffy the Vampire Slayercomics and Graphic Novels. Her workmainly Focuses on Buffy, but she hasAlso contributed works to Othercomics. I love her style of art andcomposition of the pages she creates,the soft melding colours provide asoothing tone, and realistic feel to allthe characters portrayed.