Alison Bechdel’s very labor-intensive cartooning process
The celebrated graphic memoirist photographs herself striking every pose depicted in every panel of her work?!
Alison Bechdel (b. 1960)
Bechdel has often described her artistic process—taking photographs that she copies and recopies—as laborious; the stories themselves proceed in careful iterative squares.
A notably laborious artistic process? Naturally, I had to know more!
A quick search yielded the below video, from 2006—Bechdel in her studio, demonstrating the photography-based method mentioned above. Laborious it is. For each physical pose she wants to depict in her panels, Bechdel gets up from her desk and strikes that pose for a tripod-mounted digital camera on a timer; the resulting photo becomes the basis for her drawing. All artists pour themselves into their work, but this is a whole new level.