And it’s true that I keep coming up with new ideas, and removing things that don’t work, all through the execution phase.
Maybe because of the way these comics’ impossibly-romantic male love interests – the character of Tuxedo Mask, for example, in the Sailor Moon series – are so often depicted striking a weightless pose against a star-filled sky, or perching debonairly upon a moon or star.
Symbolism is one of my favourite artistic movements, and it was only natural that I would recall the work of certain Symbolist masters when reading a poem that is sometimes seen as inaugurating the Symbolist movement in poetry.
For my interpretation of “The Drunken Boat” I took inspiration from the works of such Symbolist or Symbolist-influenced artists as Max Klinger, Čiurlionis, Odilon Redon, Walter Crane, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Jean Delville, Mikhaill Vrubel, Van Gogh, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Henri Rousseau, and no doubt there are many unconscious references to other Symbolist art in there as well.
The drawings at the start of “The Drunken Boat” are somewhat literal, but then seem to wander as the text does, through beautiful figurative language and strange images.
And the style of your drawings in that adaptation refuses to be pinned in a certain artistic school; some of it seems influenced by Mucha and Van Gogh, as well as modern, 20th century comic artists.