The Oatley Academy offers an effective education in visual storytelling but it’s also a vibrant, active community where artists and storytellers develop deep friendships, form Circles of Trust and find like-minded collaborators.
In this series of Collaboration Stories, we’ll feature three current OA projects, meet the artists involved and learn from their experience.
Today, in part one, the team from Tales Of Three will reveal how they developed a new, collaborative workflow and created a fully illustrated, ninety-two-page book that recently became a $7,000 success on Kickstarter…
Tales of Three:
They all knew telling a meaningful story would be a challenge but their two-year collaboration across three different timezones amidst major changes in lifestyle (a new day job, a wedding, a baby etc.) brought logistical challenges for which they felt completely unprepared.
Instead of dividing the illustration work per-page, per-scene or per-chapter, the To3 Team created a “pipeline” process similar to that which is used in mainstream animation studios.
To start, Ânia developed the compositions then Fred took over and produced the final line art…
Lise and Ânia both worked on the the value studies.
Then Lise did the color comps and divided the color rendering with Fred…
Ânia added the final polish, textures and formatted the text…
With this collaborative “illustration pipeline” they avoided the delays and struggles that are common in their solo illustration work.
Instead, they produced the images quickly because they spent most of their work hours operating within their individual strengths.
As a bonus, this method helped them maintain a consistent style throughout the entire book.
What They Learned:
“The most important thing I learned while working on ‘Tales Of Three’ is that I actually can create stories that connect with people. I overcame my fear of not being good enough to achieve that. I also learned that storytelling is really what I’m meant to do!”
“Luckily, Ânia and Lise compensate for my shortcomings when it comes to project management. And in spite of my general ‘lone-wolf’ attitude I learned to trust and depend on them.”
“It’s amazing how the project keeps moving forward, even if you’re going through a tough time and can’t do much. That’s the power of a good collaboration.”
Can You See Your Own Strengths?
In the end, each illustration in Tales Of Three exemplifies the theme of the story itself – that it’s better to identify and share your strengths instead of living in fear of your weaknesses.
Can you remember a time when someone else helped you identify a strength in yourself that you previously could not see?
Please tell us about it in the comments below!