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!”

This is an example of the process of illustration for every single image of the strip:


And here are the very first sketches of the final illustrations that I used:

Here is the video of the process of how the first initial sketches were done:

Final strip:

I am really happy 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.

Finally, I would like to make a brief disclaimer that I think everybody in our society needs to hear. This is a strip to bring awareness and educational information to a woman’s menstruation cycle and what we go through. But it is in no way shape or form agreeing or indicating that women are less capable than men to successfully deliver their work or that they should get paid less money for the same amount of work than a men does. It is also in no way shape or form indicating that if a women is feeling sad, angry, hungry, mad, or in pain is because of her period. And no one should make fun, generalize or use as an argument against women’s rights her period cycle and the psychological and physical effects that it causes.

I wanted to quickly make that statement because women being “emotionally unstable” is commonly used as one of the arguments as why they are differently viewed in the working department or discriminated in our society.


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.

I also think that how women’s menstruation is perceived could be improved by having an educated conversation with young women and men about the psychological and physical effects that it can cause and how to properly address them in the casual and professional environment.

Finally, I would like to say that this is a very brought summary of how a period can affect women and every women is different. To actually do an accurate and affective educational strip to be given to young women and men I think that it should be more accurate and it should have more detailed information and way more text and explanation. But I created the strip that I found accurate as to what this exercise was asking me to do, and I am really happy with it.

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