Taiyo no To
In collaboration with my sister, writer Alexandra Neill, I produced this tribute to The Tower of the Sun – a statue created by artist Taro Okamoto for the 1970 World Exhibition in Osaka, Japan.
Both Alex and I wanted to push ourselves creatively with this project. I set out to create a comic specifically designed to be printed on a risograph, experimenting with colour separation. It evokes the colour and composition of Japanese woodblock prints.
We wanted to create some sense of the imposing presence and long history of the Tower of the Sun, which still sits in the same location, now overlooking sprawling and overgrown parkland. The monolithic statue has three faces representing the past, present and future.
After collaborating on the concept, Alex wrote a script for the comic which I then illustrated. I hand illustrated each layer before converting it into a digital duel-colour separation. I also created an A4 illustration to be printed on the reverse, so that the comic folded out to form a poster.
The full comic is available online here.