Artist Spotlight: Charlotte Laheye

This week's featured artist is Charlotte, a creative at heart who was looking for a platform to hold herself accountable to some of the artistic projects she wants to create. With other commitments like work and family taking up much of her day-to-day, she leapt at the idea of giving herself a finite amount of time (and pages) to complete one of her creative goals - a full comic strip! 

Hailing from Frankfurt, Germany, Charlotte has been chronicling her extensive planning and lessons learned from The Sketchbook Project on her blog. We love getting an inside peek at an artist's thought process and planning strategies. Her blog's tagline rings very true to us - "turn creative projects into reality" and we're so excited to watch her progress from storyboarding to the final masterpiece! 

A snapshot of several thumbnails from Charlotte's storyboard.

A snapshot of several thumbnails from Charlotte's storyboard.

I tried not to be [a] perfectionist, so my characters sometimes only have a rough resemblance with human beings, but the important thing is that the thumbnail will remind me what I had in mind for that page and panel.
Charlotte's storyboard with text. She used a segmentation software to keep track of her characters, their dialogue, and the necessary timeline needed for a clear sequence of events.

Charlotte's storyboard with text. She used a segmentation software to keep track of her characters, their dialogue, and the necessary timeline needed for a clear sequence of events.

Originally, I wasn’t expecting to end up with an almost final version of the text at this stage, but I realized, I needed to know what my characters said and thought in order to match the panel shape and size and the pictures.

We love Charlotte's initiative to transform a short story she wrote many years ago into a comic book taking up the full 32 pages of her sketchbook and bringing to life the characters and ideas she imagined in the past. While at first she was nervous to attempt a piece of artwork this large, she's starting to realize that having a solid timeline and plan are most important in keeping her motivated.

Charlotte's project planning schedule (in German) made from a simple Excel template.

Charlotte's project planning schedule (in German) made from a simple Excel template.

Being [a] perfectionist is too time-consuming – better finished than perfect!

Charlotte's goal is to complete her sketchbook by March 31st, 2018 and she's still on schedule. We hope that her story inspires you to start chipping away at a creative goal you may have - no matter how large or daunting it may seem. Click here to read more from Charlotte's blog. 

Joy Whitehurst