Dion MBD is the New Talent winner of the Alternative Publishing Category. Here he gives his insights into how he made his award-winning project.

The book is self-published that I created as a passion project.

Brief

My (former) long distance relationship.

Research

For most of the part, the research was done on settings. I wanted to create a world that is not specific to any that is in our own, but is relatable to many.

Materials

I used Muji pen and Pilot hi-tech-C for inking and Procreate for coloring digitally.

Process

I began by doing a few sample pages to set the stylistic direction. I then chose one that I liked and began creating spreads one by one. I did not do a storyboard or a dummy for this project as I wanted the story to evolve on its own.

Challenges

The main challenge came from deciding a direction. In the end I had to choose something that I was pleased with visually but was realistic enough to do.

Insights

I always shied away from creating a series but this project proved otherwise.

Distractions

I really wanted to make the book special for my ex girlfriend but at the same time, I did not want to give it away. So I could not really ask for her opinion although I usually did.

Numbers

32 pages, around 800 hours, over the course of 6 months.

Reflections

I want to add more into the story and more pages in the book.

Advice

Do something that matters to you, not something you think people deem worthwhile.

Future

Short term, I am trying to find the time to complete a graphic novel pitch. Long term, I want to start an association of illustrators here in Indonesia.

Dream Commission

If I could be hired by Criterion Collection, that will be wonderful.

Favourite thing to draw

Clouds, people, and stars.

Workspace

I work mostly at home, in my room. I enjoy the flexibility.

Notes/Thanks

I want to say thanks to Reb, and Thiel.

 
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