Daughter of the flame

Charlotte Apel

In her project DAUGHTER OF THE FLAME, Charlotte Apel takes over the stunning artistic values and empowering, miraculous storylines found in Studio Ghibli movies. She presents a digitally illustrated comic that includes her own personal interests in socio-critical and contemporarily relevant messages, such as pacifism, environmentalism, and the representation of women especially.
DAUGHTER OF THE FLAME aims to evoke a sense of self-awareness, empowerment and compassion in young readers, similarly to Studio Ghibli.

Charlotte Apel

Hi there, I'm Charlotte. I love drawing and telling stories and combining those things on paper. My Illustrations are inspired by nature and everything supernatural, so if you like those themes, stick around! :)

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

At 42, I hope to work as a freelancer who is content with the work she does and able to make a good living from it - perhaps illustrating my own stories and publishing them as graphic novels or children's books while taking jobs from other publishers and magazines.

What is a good design for you?

There is no recipe for the "perfect" design, but one that sparks emotions or tells a unique story by itself is one that I consider to be fascinating.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Getting to know my comfort zones and challenging myself enough to overstep them. Trying out new mediums and focusing on what I find personally tricky and difficult to improve my skills and broaden my horizon.

Who or what inspires you?

All kinds of media from music to movies - especially art having connections to nature and everything supernatural influence my own style and what story I want to tell through my art.

How do you approach a new project?

Since I'm a vigorous perfectionist when it comes to my art, I like to plan everything out before I begin my drawing process. I research for inspirations, collect moodboards and already have a certain image in my head when I draw the first sketch, adjusting and adding features that look and feel right to the message I want to tell through my project.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Try out everything. All the courses, projects and mediums you usually wouldn't. Challenge yourself. Perhaps you'll discover something new you're passionate about.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I have learned to let go more. Although I am still pretty uptight when it comes to my way of creating, I believe I have come to see the good about not having your art to be perfect or being messy. Just trying out different approaches to create and be creative helped me develop my own style even more.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Drawing is what I've always done. Ever since I could hold a pen, I was drawing. In my opinion there is nothing more therapeutic and fulfilling than turning my hobby into a vocation.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

The tuition :)

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2 comments in total

Tessa Bähnke 2021-07-16 19:58:24

ICH LIEBE ALLES AN DEINEM PROJEKT<3 Dein Gefühl für's Storytelling und Panel-Layouts ist phänomenal. Ich würde deinen Comic unglaublich gerne kaufen, lesen und in mein Regal stellen.

friederike.heuer 2021-07-16 19:37:30

Dude, your project turned out STUNNING! I'm so grateful to have been able to study together with you. You've tought me so many valuable lectures and made sure I'm not always alone. Keep up your great work ❤

Isabel von der Ahe