Last week, Action Lab Entertainment released a beautifully haunting graphic novel titled The Ghost, The Owl, penned by Franco and illustrated by Sara Richard.
Richard, who got her start as a toy sculptor at Hasbro, illustrated the 2013 Eisner Award-nominated children's book Kitty and Dino from Yen Press and has done variant covers for IDW's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comic series. She also worked for DC Comics, Arcana Comics, Rittenhouse Archives, Game Salute, Terminal Press, Upperdeck, Versicolor, and Perna Studios.
The highly talented artist is mostly known for her ethereal art-deco style, with her artwork showcased by her stunning hand-painted acrylic covers. Richard recently stopped by SYFY WIRE's Artists Alley, where she demonstrated her considerable talent by illustrating the graphic novel's two main characters before painting them in watercolor. Fun fact: The book itself, which took her about a year to do, is actually hand-painted in acrylic.
The artist had already prepped a pencil drawing before she dived into applying the watercolor, explaining the various techniques she uses while bringing her artwork to life. She also gave us some fun tidbits about the book, such as revealing that she used Harry Potter's Ron Weasley’s owl Pigwidgeon as the inspiration for the owl in her graphic novel, and that purple and green are her favorite colors to work with.
Richard also explained the reason she gave Eleanor black lips — the character is so stark white (being a ghost and all that), she wanted readers to be able to easily discern her expressions from far away. She also revealed how she was influenced by the one and only Hayao Miyazaki.
Check out Sara Richard in action and witness how her original drawing of The Ghost, The Owl turned out.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.