Exercise 35: Educational strip

Brief

“You have been asked to produce an illustrated strip of up to five frames for use in schools explaining to young teenagers how to cope with the onset of puberty.


To correctly achieve the result of this exercise I started doing some research about puberty in young boys and girls.

I found some helpful images:

I made a list of everything I could think of:

Changes during puberty:

Boys

  • Facial Hair
  • Body hair
  • Body Odour
  • Acne
  • Mood Swings
  • Voice-breaking

Girls

  • Periods
  • Facial and body hair
  • Breast Growth
  • Stretch marks
  • Body Odour
  • Acne
  • Mood Swings
  • Weight Gain

I decided to make a strip for girls who just got their perdió for the first time, due to the fact that I can relate to that more and represent in an accurate way.


I decided to creat an educational yet comforting stip titled: “you are not alone!”

Some images of the process of illustration:


Final strip:

I am really hoary with the final illustrations, and I really enjoy the font that I choose. And my favourite part is the first illustration (what could be the cover or main square of the strip), I really like how I placed the girl inside a period drop to represent how it takes over and you can feel overwhelmed and lost.

Furthermore, I think it is friendly yet sweet, to make the images feel more approachable. I like how I changed the background colours for each illustration, but sticking to the main colour (pink/red). I am also really happy with how the facial expressions of my character turned out.


Conclusion:

I really enjoyed this exercise, I think it is a great idea! I would have loved to see something like this when I was younger. I feel like we should normalise what teenagers go through, in this particular case periods. I am really happy with eh final strip. I think it gets the educational value but also a emotional aspect. It shows the teenager girl that she is okay and that everything she is feeling is normal.

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