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Elsa Charretier's artbook

A collection of my best pieces, covers, and detailed process of my storytelling work + Exclusive November: Commentary Edition

Elsa Charretier's artbook

A collection of my best pieces, covers, and detailed process of my storytelling work + Exclusive November: Commentary Edition

€48,412
pledged of 9 000 €pledged of 9 000 € goal
689
backers
42hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 21 2019 7:37 AM UTC +00:00.

About


—> New 50 000€ stretch goal! 

If we get there, I will record the ENTIRE process of a page. From thinking and sketching the layout, to pencilling and inking. In real time. This will be the closest thing to sitting in my studio with me! 


Crowdfunding changed my life.

My first-ever book, The Infinite Loop,  was made possible thanks to more than 300 enthusiastic backers, at a time when I didn’t even know myself if I actually could make it in comics. The trust people put in our hands back then ignited a fire, a sense of responsibility, a connection with readers that is really specific to crowdfunding. Fast-forward 6 years, and about 1,200 pages of DC, Marvel and Star Wars comics, I feel the need for a new chapter. A more independent one. Closer to readers. Closer to all you graphic-novels and comic-book fanatics out there.

This artbook is a first step in that direction. It’s a collection of some of my best pieces commissioned by collectors, comic book covers, and detailed process of my storytelling work from NOVEMBER and STAR WARS: DR. APHRA. I’m hoping this will be an opportunity to understand how I think a page and work as an artist.  

[FR] Le crowdfunding a changé ma vie.

Mon tout premier livre, The Infinite Loop (co-créé avec Pierrick Colinet), a pu voir le jour grâce à plus de 300 backers incroyables, à un moment où je ne savais pas moi-même si j’étais capable de me faire une place dans le comics. Cette confiance a créé un lien fort entre nous, bien spécifique au crowdfunding. Après plus de six formidables années passées à dessiner pour DC Comics, Marvel, et Star Wars, je ressens le besoin d’ouvrir un nouveau chapitre. Plus indépendant. Plus proche des lecteurs. Plus proches de vous, qui aimez tant et soutenez les artistes de comic-books et de graphic-novels.

 Cet artbook est un premier pas dans cette direction - une collection de mes meilleures illustrations, assez significatives de l'évolution de mon style, de couvertures de comics, et de mon travail de storytelling sur STAR WARS et NOVEMBER. Je voulais partager avec vous mon processus, mes techniques pour aborder une page et mon travail en tant qu’artiste. 

The book is a beautiful 8.27-in x 11.7-in hardcover edition, printed on high-quality  170gsm heavyweight paper. I’m a hardcore book lover, so putting together mockups is where my nerdiness expresses itself best. 

[FR] Le livre est une belle édition hardcover A4, imprimée sur un papier épais de 170g/m². Les textes sont en anglais, mais j’ai prévu d’ajouter un joli fascicule avec les textes traduits pour les contributeurs français.

Subjects range from "How to get good black-&-white balance on a piece", to "How I design characters." From "Can you be creative when working on licensed characters" to "How to pick the right layout." It’s not a set of rules by any means, but a closer look into what has been my experience so far.

[FR] J'y aborde de nombreuses questions telles que :“Comment atteindre une bonne balance de noir et blanc ?”, à “Comment je conçois le design de mes personnages ?”. De “Comment rester créatif en travaillant sur de la licence ?”, à “Comment choisir le bon sketch ?”. Ce n’est pas un livre de règles, loin de là, mais plutôt un journal de bord de mes expérimentations. 

     I’ve also included things I've never post online: high-res inks, pencils, and extreme close-ups. Pictures that only good printing can render properly.

[FR] J’ai également inclus ce que je ne poste pas en ligne : des encrages haute définition et de très gros plans. Des images que seule une bonne impression peut rendre fidèlement.

Ever wondered why a specific panel was a close-up and not a wider shot? Why there is a background on this panel, and not on the next? In other words: the thought process behind each frame.

To celebrate the release of my new graphic novel, NOVEMBER Vol.1 (co-created with Matt Fraction and published by Image Comics), I’m also putting out a NOVEMBER: Commentary Edition, exclusive to Kickstarter. The entire Vol.1, 60 pages of art, in black and white, with thoughts and tips handwritten by myself straight on the pages.

[FR] Pourquoi telle case est-elle un gros plan et pas un cadrage plus large? Pourquoi y-a-t-il un décor sur cette case et pas sur la suivante ? En d’autres termes, comment les décisions de narration et de dessins sont-elles prises ?

Pour célébrer la sortie de mon nouveau graphic-novel, NOVEMBER vol.1 (co-créé par Matt Fraction et publié chez Image Comics), je publie également une Édition Commentée du livre, exclusive à Kickstarter. Le volume 1 complet, 60 pages en noir et blanc, intègre notes et astuces écrites à la main directement sur les pages. 

I’ve put the same care into this Special Edition as I did the art book, and I’m excited to offer an in-depth dive into my work, as well as a lot of specific storytelling tricks. 

[FR] J’ai mis autant de soin dans cette édition spéciale que l’artbook, et je suis excitée de pouvoir vous proposer une telle immersion dans mon travail !


“Elsa is a monumental talent. Every panel, every page of her work is so thoroughly considered, yet seemingly instinctual and fresh. Fans of beautiful art will love this book, and industry professionals will marvel at what they can learn from her.”              

—Chip Zdarsky- Sex Criminals, Amazing Spider-man

“Charretier is a storytelling powerhouse. Always pushing for the best of her craft, her stylized eye for decisive linework consistently delivers stories that are masterfully paced and articulated. This new artbook is a rare treat— an opportunity to watch the gears that turn beneath the surface and power this wonderful machine.”

— Declan Shalvey- Injection, Moon Knight

"Not just a beautiful book, but an honest and introspective insight into the artistic process.  Highly recommend everything she does, honestly — but this book especially." 

—Kelly Sue DeConnick- Bitch Planet, Aquaman


Thank you for taking the time to check out this project, and feel free to scroll down to choose your rewards... 

[FR] Merci d’avoir pris le temps de lire cette page, et maintenant, scrollez plus bas pour choisir vos récompenses...


 Choose your interior art page here, and your original cover art here.

[FR] Choisissez votre page originale ici, et votre couverture originale ici.

Risks and challenges

My first crowdfunding campaign was fulfilled on time. I’ve always made a point to deliver my work on time, and this Kickstarter will be no exception! Both books are almost complete, and will be by the end of the campaign. As soon as we're fully funded, I will move into printing & production.

[FR] Les récompenses de ma première campagne de crowdfunding ont toutes été envoyé à temps. Je mets un point d'honneur à toujours rendre mon travail à l'heure, et cette campagne Kickstarter ne sera pas différente ! Les deux livres sont quasiment finis, et le seront d'ici la fin de la campagne. Dès la fin du financement, je démarrerai l'impression et la production.

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