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CONCEPT SKETCH NO. 2

This week in Concept Sketches we're featuring the work of comic book illustrator Stella Violari, who is working with her regular comic book collaborator Chris Demetriou on a 12-page book that—we at the Comic Book Project can confirm—involves angel sex in some shape or form. Pay Stella and Chris a visit at their comic book label Copper Mouflon. Scroll down to read Stella and Chris' story.


MEET STELLA VIOLARI

Some characters work from the first sketch and others need to be redrawn several times. World building comes next and we work in a similar manner and look for references when they’re needed. Perspective is hard.
— Stella Violari

A COMIC BOOK TEAM

Collaborating with Chris hasn’t been a hard task for me. When we first met in 2014 at the first comic con and started discussing what we wanted to create, things worked out naturally. We've been working together as Copper Mouflon for almost two years now and he is a very open-minded individual. We might argue from time to time about minor things concerning the comic process, but it never gets in the way of our work.

At the beginning of our projects we start talking about the story, its premise, the universe Chris has in mind and I immediately visualize how everything will look from his descriptions. Then I proceed with doing character concepts and establishing the right mood for each character and we go through them with Chris to find out what works and what doesn’t. Some characters work from the first sketch and others need to be redrawn several times. World building comes next and we work in a similar manner and look for references when they're needed. Perspective is hard.

Now, when it comes to the actual comic making, I carefully follow Chris’ script and start with the layout and rough sketches, which we look through together as we did with the concept art.When the storyboarding and sketches are finalized, I work with Photoshop and Manga Studio nonstop until I finish a page (from digital inking to colors).

So far it’s been a pleasant ride and our collaboration as Copper Mouflon is getting better and better and we are improving daily. Our goal is always to make quality graphic novels!

Stella Violari

THE ARTIST


The artist (Stella in da house!) studied illustration in the UK and finished her MA in lovely and sunny Cyprus. She’s been in love with drawing ever since she could hold a pencil (proof: her mother cries every time someone mentions “white walls” at home) and she’s über-passionate about games (though she can’t beat Chris at board games), comics, anime, cartoons, and movies. In short: if it comes on a screen, she’ll take it.