Illustration, Print, Character Design
Touch is an 18-page minicomic zine. It is a light-hearted story about a lonely, anxious cat who falls in love with just an accidental touch, highlighting the importance of physical touch to human connection and how touch has changed in our new, socially-distanced world.
The zine’s aim is to be visually and illustratively playful and child-like in order to explore the complex nature of human connection in an innocent manner.
Read the minicomic for free at https://gum.co/oDDlb
There is a café in the minicomic so I wanted to photograph the printed copy in a café! But, since I am too shy to go to a café and do a photoshoot I set up my own fake café on my front deck.
Usually I would create a reference sheet for my characters, but this time I focussed on trying out many different expressions with the characters and getting used to drawing their body shapes and proportions.
This project started as an animation project. I wanted to create a short animated film using Photoshop, but I quickly fell out of love with the idea as the thought of animating became a very large chore. Alas, while I was ideating and creating for an animation I did a lot of work on making sure the story and the characters were solid and relatable and interesting, so moving the story and characters over into print form wasn’t very hard.
I was constantly printing and testing my spreads so I made many dummy books.