How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran

How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran - student project

I've chosen How to be a Woman as the book to base my comic on. The book is written from 1st person POV and talks about things unrelated to the scene for long paragraphs - to keep my comic short I've cut these sections and focused only on the scene in the "present.

How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran - image 1 - student project

I started with sketching down character ideas based on her self-description in the book. By this point I had lots of ideas of how I wanted the panels to be so I moved on to laying out the panels - this took a few tries for some of the panels but I drew small to make them quick to re-draw.

How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran - image 2 - student project

How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran - image 3 - student project

How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran - image 4 - student project

I pencilled the panels based on the layouts I'd designed and am now moving on to inking. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated :)

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Here are the final pages, I ended up adding some basic colour to add a bit more depth to the panel. Thanks to feedback I also moved the panels a bit closer together which I think suits the fast moment-to-moment flow much better.

How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran - image 5 - student project

How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran - image 6 - student project

How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran - image 7 - student project

Abi Nottingham
Illustrator | Well-being and Wonder