We’re thrilled to be the third stop on the DARE TO DISAPPOINT blog tour. Today, graphic novelist Ozge Samanci is sharing how she uses bread (yes, bread) in her process to paint the comic. My kids now have all sorts of ideas of how to do this at home. We’re probably going to leave it to the professionals like Ozge, but it does look like fun!
DARE TO DISAPPOINT by Ozge Samanci
Nov. 17, 2015 | 200 pages | Buy it on IndieBound
Growing up on the Aegean Coast, Ozge loved the sea and imagined a life of adventure while her parents and society demanded predictability. Her dad expected Ozge, like her sister, to become an engineer. She tried to hear her own voice over his and the religious and militaristic tensions of Turkey and the conflicts between secularism and fundamentalism. Could she be a scuba diver like Jacques Cousteau? A stage actress? Would it be possible to please everyone including herself?
In her unpredictable and funny graphic memoir, Ozge recounts her story using inventive collages, weaving together images of the sea, politics, science, and friendship.
I worked long time for making the cover of Dare to Disappoint. I used an experimental approach to make the sea. I wanted to create a choppy sea to reflect the mood of the character. I tried to paint with ripped of old t-shirts, a regular synthetic sponge, a natural underwater sponge, and a fancy sponge that I bought from art materials store. None of these were creating the image I was seeing in my mind. I walked to the kitchen and decided to give a try to bread since bread is like sponge. We only had whole wheat bread. I thought it would be better if the bread had bigger pores. I took a walk to the grocery store bought white sour dough bread. That was it! I made the sea by painting with sourdough bread. I recreated the scene for this blog and took a photo but again we had only whole wheat bread.
Ozge Samanci is an artist and an associate professor. She was born in Izmir, Turkey, and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. Dare to Disappoint is her debut graphic novel. ordinarycomics.com
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