This is your second lesson.
Grab some index cards. Don’t got no index cards? Grab some post-it notes.We’re doing six panel comics today. this is what they’ll look like.
An important note: More likely than not, your comics today won’t be anything to write home about. That’s okay, that’s not the point.
Do the following in light pencil.
-Write the name of the last person that you spoke to on the phone with on one of the cards.
-Think of the year 1970. Write down some words to describe the images that you see in your mind on the second card.
- Draw a circle or a square in the third box.
- Draw your non-dominant hand in the 4th panel.
- Draw two human silhouettes facing each other in the 5th box.
- Write a four letter word in the last Box.
Turn the panels face down and mix them up in a pile. Flip them over and arrange them in a new order. Let chance determine this order.
Time for an intermission.
Grab a ballpoint pen or some crummy writing utensil.
Grab 6 new notecards or post its. Make 4 marks on each. Circles, squares, diagonals, spirals. It’s all good. Turn them all over. You will now turn them face up one at a time. What do you see? Draw the rest of what you see. If you don’t see anything yet, add some more random marks one at a time. Wait for it to click. Eventually you’ll have made 6 doodles. Great job.
Time for the second act.
Turn on some good instrumental music and connect the panels!
I suggest you draw in pen this time around. Feel free to erase what you need to from the original pencils in order to make this comic read relatively clearly. Add word balloons if you like. Perhaps a character? It’s your comic after all. Try to keep traces of the original ideas in each panel.
Have fun, pal.
I’m excited to see what you make!
made for a friend. thought I’d share.
Here’s your first lesson. This should take an hour.
1) comics are hard
2) comics are love
repeat in last box.
This is the puzzle. This is where your wits come in. This is the AGGROCRAG.
It is my belief that if you make the goal of your comics the communication of clever, interesting ideas, you can make comics with any level of drawing ability. If you do them for long enough and think about them long and hard enough each time, they’ll get good.
Helene was written using bibliomancy.
As per my instructor, Jason Lutes’, request.I cracked open a French dictionary three times. Every time, I chose the first word on the page and used that word as turning point for the story 2 pages in, 4 pages in and 6 pages in. This assignment at the Center for Cartoon Studies marks the moment that I actively began to pursue the use of oblique strategies in my comics making process.
The words I got were the following:
-to discover the world
-to take flight
While working on this comic I was studying Dupuy and Berberian‘s pacing. They use predominantly tall, narrow panels on a 3 tier grid. Because of this, their comics end up focusing on particular, seemingly unimportant moments. Though they’re often times depicting mundane events and arguably frivolous social dramas between their bourgeois characters, a reader can’t help but be hooked by their masterful pacing. The have an incredible handle on depicting city life.
Helene documents my first attempt at watercoloring a comic. This was done before I began daily watercolor practice. As such, there’s a coloring by numbers feel to much of it. I watercolored this using a light box, which presented an extremely unintuitive situation. The resulting colors were extremely light and often times to subtle. Because of that, I went in and worked like a dog in Photoshop to get the flow of colors to be more bold and dramatic.
Priming the pump. Hope to get back into the rhythm of things.
Located in the historic Post Office building in White River Junction, the Schulz Library stands tall, amassing an incredible collection of contemporary graphic novels, out-of-print and rare collections of gag cartoons, classic newspaper strips, an extensive collection of books about cartooning – both academic and instructional and a one-of-a-kind collection of handmade publications! Thanks to generous donations from publishers, artists, and collectors the world over, the collection is abundant and unique.
Given that the Library is so packed with zines, graphic novels, cartoon collections, and related ephemera, the blog allows the Library to share its enthusiasm for the incredible collection. Whether it’s book reviews, descriptions of new arrivals, student essays, or just updates on the goings on of the Library, you’ll find it on the Schulz Library Blog.
I’d wanted to write for the blog since even before I started studying at the Center for Cartoon Studies, so it’s a real treat to be able to do so now! Most recently, I’ve been by writing posts that showcase the newest arrivals at the Library.
In addition to highlighting new arrivals to the collection on a weekly basis, I hope to write about the myriad of visiting artists that come through the school’s weekly Visiting Aritist Seminars, highlight the work of current students and write short essays that shine a light on the many comics gems that reside in the Library. If I have the time, I’ll even try to do some in depth reports on some of the many Small Press shows that occur in the United States!
Have you heard about The Little Book Fair? It’s an exciting event that’ll be happening here in Pittsburgh in August that I’m involved in organizing!
The Little Book Fair will be a one-day celebration of the vibrant small-press and self-publishing community in Pittsburgh. The Little Book Fair is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small publishers, bookstores and readers.