The objective of this course will be to instill an appreciation, as well as an understanding of the basic concepts, and fundamentals of graphic novel creation. We will explore figure drawing, perspective and storytelling in a fun and engaging way. 

Week 1 – Begin work on our anthropomorphic versions of the four seasons (visual aids/references will be sent ahead of time)

Week 2 – Continuing to ink and color our four seasons.  We will end class by choosing one of our four seasons that we will feature in a one-page comic. 

Week 3 – Using Wally Woods’ “22 Panels That Always Work,“ we will be thumb-nailing ideas for our pages. We will work up four ideas or thumbnails for our pages and then we will start doing rough versions of our pages.

Weeks 4-6 – We will choose a layout and go right to work on our finished pages, spending weeks 4-5 and maybe 6 to finish. Each page will be between four and six panels.  If students come to a natural stopping point, they can start on another project.

MATERIALS LIST:

  • kneaded puddy eraser
  • Alvin Drafting eraser
  • 0.5 mechanical pencil (Pentel is a good brand) with HB lead… OR a set of Steadtler drawing pencils ranging from HB to 6B
  • paper: Strathmore 11 x17 2-ply 200 series Bristol ( smooth surface/hot press)
  • sketchbook for brainstorming
  • set of micron pens ( .005, .01, 1.0, 3.0, and a sharpie)
  • clear drafting ruler (standard length)
  • pencil sharpener
  • set of Prismacolor pencils, at least 8 – 10 piece set containing primary colors (other professional quality colored pencils are ok)
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