Over the summer I worked on a very big project to create a comic book style animatic for a music video. The client was the Swiss jazz band, MaxMantis, that wanted to create an imaginative world around their music.
They contacted me through Hire an Illustrator and we instantly got along well. They had already thought a lot about the world they wanted to see and supplied me with a very detailed pitch, which is something I find to be pretty rare. They also trusted me to create the visuals and take any creative decisions that I found best.
The design came very quickly to me. I had a clear image of what I wanted to see and there were very few corrections to be made on the designs. The next step was to do the storyboard and rough animatic. I quickly realized that this was going to be a lot of work to make it fit the music and to illustrate all the build ups.
The following six weeks were very busy. I was churning out drawings every day at a very high rate. The style remained loose and there wasn’t time to explore too much. I felt the sketchy quality added to the style making it a little grungy.
Once the illustrations were done I could simply replace the rough drawings in the animatic with the clean ones. Feedback from the client was always very positive and they just asked if I could add a few more shots here and there. My partner Manon Richard helped me with some of the compositing effects to really give it that extra shine.
Once it was all delivered I thought it would be a shame to just leave the illustrations in my Aftereffects media folder. I thought seeing as the work was already done, why not create a comic book layout? It took some time and there was some reworking and reformatting to do but in the end I made a 19 page comic with what I had. This wasn’t part of the deal with the client, but we figured we would find a way to use this fairly at some point.
This project took a lot of time, and it was more work than I had expected. However, it was super fulfilling and I’m really happy with how it came out. I hope you like it. You can see more of my work in my portfolio and on my soon-to-be-finished website www.mikecranim.com.