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.
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! :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The tuition :)