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Narrative Art: Nujuka & the Solar Fate

Andreas_Helixfinger at 12:00AM, Jan. 28, 2024

Hey everyone.

How is 2024 doing for you guys so far? The beginning of 2024 has been quite a venture for me healthwise. Starting with flu sickness and then having several run-ins with the hospital regarding my increased kidney values resulting in a kidney biopsy this week followed by a prescribed cortison treatment to cure this inflammation I have in my kidneys caused by my prescribed intestinal medicine that I’ve been taking for over a year now. Needless to say I’m going to have recieve a different intestinal medicine from now on.

But the more uplifting news for me this year is that both me and my dad – whos quite an artist in is spare time – are participating in a local art exhibition in September. So I’ve been balling ideas of what art to produce for this exhibition and I came up with the idea of doing narrative art.

That is to say paintings and illustrations that tells a story. This could be a moment in an ongoing story or a sequence of events unfolding over time. I’ve decided to make this brand new story in a brand new setting called Nujuka & the Solar Fate. Introducing a character – named Nujuka - that I created a long time ago prior to all the comic characters I’ve come up with. Actually I was at one point going to use her as a comic character in my comic Cold Cusp that I ended up deleting over a year ago – feeling that it wasn’t the right story or setting for the character.

Here’s the basic premise. The story depicts Nujuka, a small, frail little caterpillar humanoid creature with an amazing hat-like organ on her head, who accidently falls down from the blossomy moon she lives on onto the planet below which is currently trapped in an ice age, with the exception of this stump-shaped world tree where there is a city on top. She lands and survives and finds herself in this massive city where all sorts of strange humanoid races from all over the world is living in sanctuary from the frozen no man’s land surrounding the world tree.

Here she gets reluctantly involved in a conflict involving a spreading disease that is turning the citizens into zombies, a conflict she must help solving in order to gain a way back home to her moon. Now she conveniently has the superpower of curing all sorts of diseases and solving problems with seeds and plants that she shoots from her hat. But being an alien foreigner who is small, frail and constantly afraid her very useful abilities of flower power and rational thinking are constantly overlooked by the citizens who are stuck in their superstitions of the end times being neigh rather then investigating what really is causing this problem, Nujuka most now seek out whatever answers and allies she can find to get to the bottom of this menace and save the world.

I’m going to use this character, setting and story as the motif for all of this art I’m in the process of producing, making every painting and illustration a scene from this story. Don’t know if I will create them in exact sequential order, but it will be the sum of a plot of sorts. I don’t have any imagery of this to use as a pic for this article so I’m using a part of the cover of Cold Cusp to give you an idea of what the main character of this series of narrative art look like.

Just something I wanted share with me to you this Sunday. Have you ever dealt in the field of narrative art as opposed to the sequential art that is usually done on this site? Let me know in the comments below. Take care of yourselves, ducks.



marcorossi at 6:05AM, Jan. 28, 2024

@Andreas_Helixfinger Ah, I see. I never tried it, I'm sort of a comics-only guy.

Andreas_Helixfinger at 3:32AM, Jan. 28, 2024

@marcorossi - narrative art - when it isn't in the form of sequrntial art - is art that tells a story scene by scene in seperate illustrations and/or paintings, each one a singular full image as opposed to being a series of panels like it traditioanlly is in sequential art. Really the only difference is that I'm doing this story as a series of paintings instead of a comic.

marcorossi at 3:20AM, Jan. 28, 2024

What is the difference between narrative and sequential art?

Andreas_Helixfinger at 2:28AM, Jan. 28, 2024

@InkyMoondrop - Thank you^^ And I will:)

InkyMoondrop at 2:12AM, Jan. 28, 2024

Hey, that sounds delightfully trippy, way to go! And get well soon!

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