Last month (in February) I decided to enter the Graphic Shakespeare Competition as a drawing exercise. The challenge was to interpret a selected Shakespeare scene into a 4-page comic and I decided to try illustrating a scene from “Twelfth Night”, in which Cesario (Viola) has a conversation with Orsino. I didn’t really have much time to think over the setting (I worked on my entry a week before the deadline) so I designed the characters in ‘Elizabethan’ costume. Though I had not featured the outdoors environment in my comic, I do picture the surroundings have a more exotic feeling as it is based on an island.
I really did enjoy working on this entry and so perhaps I might produce my own version of Twelfth Night in time. I would like a chance to develop my ideas further if I pick it up as a project in future. We’ll see, but in the mean time, you can read my entry here.
…But I didn’t place as a winner so I’ll post up my entry here on my blog :). I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to enter the competition but decided to give it a shot with only one week remaining (I really had to rush my entries, I should’ve learned by now not to leave things till the last minute). Entrants had to follow a given brief and there were two parts to the entry, two character designs and an illustration.
I spent so long on the actual designs I was only left with one day to get the illustration done :(. I would’ve preferred to spend more time on the illustration but never mind. It was a good experience overall :D. Details and winners of the contest can be viewed here.