DOLL – Chapter 1

I’ve finished chapter 1! Here is the first chapter (plus an intro page and cover) to my graphic novel, DOLL. This story is to raise awareness about sex trafficking. It takes a look at the life and trials of a young girl named Roopa and how she survives life in an Indian brothel. Her story is like that of millions of girls around the world and it’s a huge injustice that needs some attention in order to be ended.

Please take the time to read. Make sure to take your time and look at the pictures too, they tell half the story. If you think this story is important, please share this.

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My Graphic Novel Page Process

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I assure you I’ve been hard at work on my Graphic Novel, Doll. I try to work a little bit on it every night. I’m almost completely finished with Chapter 1, colors and everything. 26 pages!

I wanted to make a post showing the process that a page goes through. I hope you find it interesting and who knows, maybe it will help someone with their own art.

This is page 1. Enjoy!

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Pencils on Bristol Board (I draw the page in pencil and then I go over that with ink. Then I scan it into the computer.)

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Inks (I changed the color from black to brown in Photoshop)

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My Illustration Story…so far

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to write up my story of how I got into illustration and why I do it.  It was posted up on another blog a few days ago.  You can read it on the other blog HERE if you wish.

Here’s what I wrote.

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My name is Dale Vande Griend and about two years ago I decided to pick up drawing again.  I found some tutorials online and I went about practicing and teaching myself how to illustrate.  Illustrating came back to me quite naturally and I really enjoyed teaching myself a new art form.  The passion I had as a child, doodling on scraps of paper, quickly returned.  Now, my day job requires me to travel to India a couple times a year and over the past couple of years I have fallen in love with the art and culture of this incredible country.  Indian henna and mandala designs soon started filling my sketchbook along with Banyan trees, sarees, and rickshaws.

As my illustration skills slowly improved, I found myself reading a lot of graphic novels and comic books so I could study the art and storytelling.  I began to love how stories were told using this art form.  Ideas began swirling in my mind as I searched for some kind of story that I could tell using the graphic novel format.

At this same time I took a trip for work to film a story in India about a group of ladies who were trafficked or born into the sex trade in their city.  I had heard a little about trafficking, but this trip prompted me to research and learn more about it.  I read a bunch of books and articles about the subject and started following traffick-battling organizations online.  I did what I could by sharing and raising awareness through Facebook and Twitter.  An organization called Tiny Hands International loved my passion for battling sex trafficking and saw my illustration work and asked if I would make some art for them.  Of course, I did.

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Tiny hands International battles injustice in two ways.  They fight trafficking and they have children’s ministries.  They are a wonderful organization and they are doing hard work, but they are making a difference in people’s lives.  Check them out and find a way that you can become involved.

https://www.tinyhands.org/

Suddenly the idea I had been searching for popped into my head.  It was really a culmination of all these experiences I had had since I took up illustration again that led to this idea.

I would write and illustrate a graphic novel to raise awareness about sex trafficking.

I set out writing the story.  It was going to take place in a place I had come to know and love, India.  It was going to be both an engaging narrative and a lesson in sex trafficking.   I also wanted the ending to be real and hard-hitting.  I wanted it to make an impact on the reader.  One they couldn’t ignore.

It was at both the easiest and the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write.  Easy in that I had an immense passion to get this story out there.  Hard in that this is an emotional and heartbreaking travesty that happens in our world, and I had created a little girl who had to suffer and endure it.

Even though she isn’t real, her story is.  It’s the story of MILLIONS of girls across the world, forced into this horrible life, unable to escape.  They need a voice and they need people to understand their story and to get up and do something about it.  My graphic novel will be part of that voice.

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This is why this story has been easy to write.  It needs to be told and it needs to be heard.  And through my experiences, my skills, and most of all my passion, this story must come from me.  This story is part of my calling.

This is my challenge to all of you reading this.  Find your passion.  Find your calling.  You do this by trying new things or picking up old ones.  Experience life and keep an eye out for that thing that drives and motivates you. Find where your skills, experiences, and passions intersect and there you will find your calling.

Don’t ignore that call.

I challenge you to make an effort to follow that calling, pursue those passions and help make this world a better place.

My graphic novel is titled ‘Doll’ and you can follow the progress of the story here.

You can actually read the first full chapter of the story.  Check it out!

https://exodusillustration.wordpress.com/

You can also follow my facebook page and Instagram page.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/exodusillustration/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/exodusillustration/

Doll update – Chapter 1 INKED!

I’ve been working on “Doll,” my Graphic Novel and it’s really coming along.  A few weeks ago, I posted all the penciled pages of chapter 1 and now I have all of those pages inked.  All 25 pages!

It’s quite enjoyable to see the chapter come together, and it’s really cool to be able to read through it and start to experience the story.  Take a look  through it and let me know what you think so far.  I hope you get a little taste of the story that is to come, but I also hope you get a taste of India.  This is a heartbreaking story about trafficking and it is my way to raise awareness about the subject, but I also wanted to give the audience a good story.  I wanted the audience to be taken to India, not just read about it.  I hope this does that.

One more note. You’ll notice the first page is brown.  Just a little foreshadow of the coloring process!

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Coloring Pages GIVEAWAY!

A few weeks back I opened my online store and the first item I put up was a set of coloring pages.  All 26 letters of the alphabet drawn in an Indian henna style.

My store is located here. http://exodusillustration.storenvy.com/

My day job requires me to travel to India a couple times a year to film and photograph stories.  Over the years I’ve grown to really appreciate and love the different types and styles of art that India has.  One of the more famous styles of art is called Henna.  Henna is a plant based material that when applied to skin leaves a temporary stain or tattoo, and the designs that are applied to the skin are called Mehndi designs.

I took inspiration from these designs and created an alphabet in this Mehndi style.  Then I made them into coloring pages and put them in my online store.

And I want to give away two copies of these coloring pages

to help spread the word!

 

Here are all the letters I designed.

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And here are a couple close ups.

To be entered into this little contest, all you have to do is go to either this Facebook post or this Instagram post and follow the instructions there.

Doll Chapter 1 Pencils

I haven’t written anything up for my blog in a couple months and that’s because I’ve been working hard on my Graphic Novel, Doll.  I have all the pencil drawings done for the pages in chapter 1.  24 pages in total!  This stage of the process probably takes the longest out of all of them.

Using the page layouts I did a while back as reference, I draw the full pages on 11×17 sheets of thick paper called Bristol Board.  This stage is where the pages really come together.  I draw every bounding box and add in all the details of every page.  Drawing all the details for each panel on each page is why why this stage takes so long.  But when the pencils are finished, you can see how the story flows and gives you a good feel as to what the final page will look like.

Here are all the penciled pages from chapter 1.  Enjoy.

Redemption Collection Storybook No. 6

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Issue No.6

At the end of last year I did a series of illustrations for six storybooks for Tiny Hands International.  They were for an end of the year campaign that ended up being successful in raising its intended funds.  A new story book came out each week and each book featured a different person and their story.

I did all the story-boarding, character design, and henna designs.  Every hand drawn element throughout the storybook was drawn by me.  The layouts and colors were done by a Graphic Designer named Heather Husen.

Here is issue number 6 in the series. Tiggy’s House

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Redemption Collection Storybook No. 5

Called and Positioned

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Issue No.5

At the end of last year I did a series of illustrations for six storybooks for Tiny Hands International.  They were for an end of the year campaign that ended up being successful in raising its intended funds.  A new story book came out each week and each book featured a different person and their story.

I did all the story-boarding, character design, and henna designs.  Every hand drawn element throughout the storybook was drawn by me.  The layouts and colors were done by a Graphic Designer named Heather Husen.

Here is issue number 5 in the series. Called and Positioned

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Redemption Collection Storybook No.4

Shaped Through Suffering

Redemption Collection Storybook

Issue No.4

At the end of last year I did a series of illustrations for six storybooks for Tiny Hands International.  They were for an end of the year campaign that ended up being successful in raising its intended funds.  A new story book came out each week and each book featured a different person and their story.

I did all the story-boarding, character design, and henna designs.  Every hand drawn element throughout the storybook was drawn by me.  The layouts and colors were done by a Graphic Designer named Heather Husen.

Here is issue number 4 in the series. Shaped Through Suffering

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Redemption Collection Storybook No. 3

The Rescuer

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Issue No.3

At the end of last year I did a series of illustrations for six storybooks for Tiny Hands International.  They were for an end of the year campaign that ended up being successful in raising its intended funds.  A new story book came out each week and each book featured a different person and their story.

I did all the story-boarding, character design, and henna designs.  Every hand drawn element throughout the storybook was drawn by me.  The layouts and colors were done by a Graphic Designer named Heather Husen.

Here is issue number 3 in the series. The Rescuer.

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Enjoy!