Amy Kuttab is a member of Pony Club Gallery, an illustrator, painter and animator living in Portland OR. She just finished a graphic novel titled Urstory, which will be published by Teenage Dinosaur later this year. Throughout the month of February, Amy will be showing work from her graphic novel at Pony Club Gallery. She was kind enough to give us a glimpse of Urstory and to share her process for creating sequential art.
Amy, can you give us a brief synopsis of your graphic novel Urstory?
Urstory is a formal study reflecting many of the myths of Ursa Major and Minor from all over the world. It’s also a simple story about the last day of a girl’s life.
The story is written by Nathan Bradley Smith, outside of the initial story, was their any involvement with the writer in the making of Urstory?
and I worked together in the editing process a bit, and we workshopped
several visual ideas together over the phone. Also, he sent me a large
list of web links which he used in research for the novel, which turned
out to be very useful for me as well. I’m debating whether or not to
include them in the actual book.
Conceptually, what was your process in creating this graphic novel?
I did a lot of research concerning the myths of Ursa Major and Minor and found that many of the myths from all over the world were very similar. I tried to make sure that the form of these myths were mirrored in the book somehow. I also wanted the book to have it’s own mythology, and so I decided to include a short appendix.
What materials and techniques are you using when creating sequential art?
I do all the layouts or storyboards first, with lots of notes. Then I usually use pencil and watercolor or gouache to make the finished pages. Since my work tends to be pretty low contrast intentionally, I use photoshop to make the images more printable.
Is there a date set for
the release of Urstory and what will you be showing at Pony Club Gallery
(finished pages, preliminary drawing, ect)?
There is no date currently set for the release of the book, but it will certainly be released in 2016. I will be showing 18 finished pages from the book at Pony Club this February.
Any other comic endeavors set for the near future?
I’m currently working on a book with my father that is a memoir of his life/graphic novel historical treatise on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
You can check out more of Amy’s work at www.amykuttab.blogspot.com