Image references and stories that dealing with the topic "loneliness"?

  • @Kevin-Longueil thank you so much for the book recommendation. I "read" it on youtube just now (have limited access to English books at my local library). Really well-structured story and beautiful art.

    I heard about The Dam keeper, also love the art done by Daisuke Tsutsumi and Robert Kond. Will definitely check it out.

  • @xin-li What about a vertical alignment with either her being up close and the others all together but far off or switch and have the crowd up close and her a little lonely figure in the back farther up the page isolated in white space.

  • @Laurel-Aylesworth very interesting book. It is rare to find a black and white picturebook. But this one really works with the topic. I also like the portray of being alone is more beautiful and melancholic rather than negative.

    I was a lonely teenager, spent lots of time being alone. But now I am really good at spending time alone and enjoy being alone most of the time. The story in a way reflects my own experience to some degree. I want to leave the feeling to the reader that "yes. it is important to have friends. But there are also many wonderful things you can do being alone". It is a story about a girl to find the confidence to be alone and content.

  • @NessIllustration thank you for the feedback. I guess the reason I want to have a bit more chaos at the beginning of the story is that I want to end the story with the girl find harmony with being alone by herself. I will definitely keep in mind that I am not working on one image, but all 14+ spreads together at this stage.

  • @deborah-Haagenson I know what you mean :-). thanks for sharing your thoughts. It does take an effort if you do not want to be alone. I would add that it also requires an effort if one wants to be alone and content/happy. I think it might be good to do both: put an effort to make friends and put an effort into learning to be alone as well 🙂

  • @chrisaakins thank you for your suggestions. I will definitely try to play with the camera angles.

  • check out Isabella Arsenaults newbook Albert's quiet quest

    it is about being along and feeling content I believe. I haven't got the book though, ordered it yesterday and still on its way to my home now.

  • @xin-li Yes it does!

  • @idid yah. I have a copy of that book. I loved it. Thanks for making that connection for me.

  • The Heart and The Bottle by Jeffers isn't all about loneliness per se, but I find this spread to be beautifully evocative of what it feels like to miss one person in particular


  • @Braxton thank you so much. This is so good.
    I found the way Jeffers drawing the shadow in this spread is very interesting, the rough pencil lines add some chaotic feeling within a very quiet spread.

    The perspective of the room on the right side of the spread is just tilted a little, making me feel a bit uneasy.

    I am going to try these elements directly into my sketch.

  • @Braxton I wan to cry a bit after reading this book. Thank you for sharing.

  • SVS OG

    @xin-li Other stories and ideas don't come readily to mind at the moment, but if I think of anything, I'll let you know. What I did want to say is that the spareness of this composition and her isolation on the other page convey the concept beautifully.

  • @LauraA thank you Laura. Currently, I am playing the idea of using the gutter as the storytelling device throughout the entire book, as a metaphor for "being separated". I love the idea of using something that is inherited property of a book as a storytelling device. I am hoping to get it to work.

  • SVS OG

    @xin-li Yes, I think it will work well. Great idea!

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