Intro to Sequential Art (Cartooning/Comics)
Students will need to bring their own sketch books and drawing pencils/markers to class to learn the basics of character design for the express purpose of creating a story such as a cartoon strip, picture book, or comic strip. This class will include basic figure study and basic drawing suitable for beginners.
Illustration Art Club is designed to promote drawing skills, encourage playful illustrations, and develop personal aesthetics as an illustrator. The projects are highly individualized and adaptable to each individual student. My goal is that students come home with a sketchbook full of imaginative drawings, developed/evolved studies, playful characters, and a maturing ability to make excellent design choices. Each week I will showcase the work of a professional illustrator to acquaint the students with a broad range of styles and influences.
I will spend time each class period demonstrating how to draw, teach skills on how to see/ translate images, and demonstrate how to use/manipulate the materials. I will encourage students to start with a reference (which doesn’t necessarily translate into drawing realistically) rather than rely on their memory. I believe it is super beneficial to keep students grounded in good drawing. Even attempting a somewhat representational copy teaches students how to see and notice details which can be revised and re-imagined. I will encourage preliminary studies with lots of revisions/editing as they mature their work. In my experience it is better to know the rules in order to break them and have an ability to draw life-like in order to choose what parts to include and what parts to stylize. Students will need to come to class prepared with reference material, digital devices, books, photos brought from home in order to do productive work during class.
Bring a sketchbook (9”x12”; preferably mixed-media or high quality drawing paper) to class each week as well as any personal drawing supplies: drawing pencils (HB and 3B), erasers, etc. I will provide other necessary materials but students are encouraged to bring in their personal supplies if they prefer.