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Serendipity: A Story of Mermaids and Bicycles
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Brief and Concept
I was asked to participate in a comic anthology called Fly the Colour Fantastica. The brief, as given by our awesome editors Eri Kashima and Vikki Ong, was to pick a colour palette and create an uplifting story exploring a theme. This was the first time that I've drawn a comic!

My contribution explored the theme of serendipity: a chance encounter with a river mermaid leads to an unlikely friendship. I chose the colours of a sunset on a dry summer's day to evoke the feelings of summer holidays during childhood, which is a time when the possibilities of life seem endless. I wrote the story and produced the illustrations.

I read comics and watched anime voraciously during my childhood, and so I drew inspiration from the legendary Bill Watterson and Taiyou Matsumoto, as well as the anime FLCL. 

All of the artworks were created with pen and ink, a Wacom Graphire tablet and Photoshop CS5. 

The comic anthology was successfully crowdfunded in 2014 and made into a hardcover publication. It was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award (Australia's premier sci-fi and fantasy literary award) and a Ledger Award (Australian comic industry award) in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Artwork from my comic was featured as one of social media website Tumblr's 2014 Top Posts - Tumblr Open Arts worldwide.  

Fly the Colour Fantastica's Awards
Shortlisted for Aurealis Awards 2015 - Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work (further information)
Silver Ledger Winner - Ledger Awards 2016 (further information)

Reviews of Fly the Colour Fantastica
The River Mermaid (pen, ink, Wacom tablet, Photoshop).
Used as title page artwork. Featured in Tumblr's Year in Review 2014 Top Posts - Tumblr Open Arts.
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Serendipity: A Story of Mermaids and Bicycles
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Serendipity: A Story of Mermaids and Bicycles

A short comic about unlikely friendships and chance encounters, to be included in an anthology.
52
1.2k
4
Published: