Life Drawing: A Life Under Lights

By Jessica Martin

A graphic novel memoir about life as an actress, singer and artist in the big city

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

And we’re off!

It’s been a very busy last month. I came back from a successful trip to Gallifrey One in Los Angeles, the big Doctor Who Convention. It was officially announced that I will be illustrating a comic strip written by Richard Dinnick for the Seventh Doctor series published by Titan,

I came home to more great news that I’ll be playing controversial MP Shirley Porter in a new satirical drama “Shirleymander” at the new Playground Theatre this summer.

So what about the graphic memoir? When’s that happening. Well, first off, I can confirm that the full script for the book has been approved by my editor, Lizzie Kaye.

I have now started the first stages of illustration. Some of you, I know, are experienced comic creators so forgive me if I’m stating the obvious. But I will talk you through the step by step because possibly many of you don’t know how it goes.

My first step, after the script is complete, is to lay out a rough version of how the book will look with text and pictures. I draw out tiny versions of just the panel layouts first. Then I do what are sometimes called ‘thumbnails’. Mine are drawn out in final print size with detail where I need it. So far to date I’ve done about 17 pages. 

Here are a few pics to show you what I mean.

I’ll be back here with more developments soon!

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Christian Graham
 Christian Graham says:

Fascinating to see the process, Jessica. Thank you and good luck with your other projects - they sound very exciting!

posted 8th March 2018

Jessica Martin
 Jessica Martin says:

Thank you, Christian. I’ll keep you up to speed with lots of insights and techniques!

posted 8th March 2018

Fiona-Jane Weston
 Fiona-Jane Weston says:

So interesting to read all this Jessica! And congratulations on the new work coming in. Xx

posted 8th March 2018

Jessica Martin
 Jessica Martin says:

Thanks FJ! At last I get some traction! Xx
Happy International Women’s Day.

posted 8th March 2018

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