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Art of the Comic Book | David Marshall, Instructor

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Spring 2011

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Class Session 01: Orientation, Introduction to Supplies, Essential Elements [Back to top]

Class Time

  • Attendance
  • Orientation
  • Demos
    • Tools: Pens, brushes
    • Technique: Straight lines, thumbnails
    • Pencilling: Measure off 10" x 15" live area
  • Orientation
  • Studio
    • Work with this week's Tools: Pens, brushes, freehand and straight lines
    • Life drawing: draw someone in class
    • Start thumbnails for "My Day"
  • Lecture

Homework

  • Email to Instructor
  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • 3 hours practice with ink
  • Straight lines with pen and brush
  • Measure off 3 blank 10" x 15" pages on bristol board for "My Day"
  • Finish thumbnails for "My Day"

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Class Session 02: Ames Lettering Guide, Storytelling, Thumbnails, First Assignment [Back to top]

Due Today

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • 3 hours practice with ink
  • Straight lines with pen and brush
  • Measured off 3 blank 10" x 15" pages on bristol board
  • Finished thumbnails for "My Day"

Class Time

  • Attendance
  • Last week's homework
  • Demos
    • Lettering: Ames Lettering Guide | Demo
  • Studio
    • Practice lettering
    • Start pencilling for "My Day"
  • Lecture

Homework

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • 2-Hour lettering practice
  • Finished pencil art of "My Day"

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Class Session 03: Lettering 2, Pencilling Basics, Splash Page [Back to top]

Due Today

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • 2-Hour lettering practice
  • Finished pencil art of "My Day"

Class Time

Homework

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • Finish bordering and lettering "My Day"

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Class Session 04: Inking Techniques, 1-Point Perspective [Back to top]

Due Today

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • Finished bordering and lettering "My Day"

Class Time

  • Attendance
  • Last week's homework
  • Demos
    • Ink techniques with brush and pen
    • Perspective 1 (1-point perspective)
  • Studio
    • Practice techniques with brush and pen
    • Inking "My Day"
  • Lecture

Homework

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • Finish inking "My Day"
  • Measure off 3 blank 10" x 15" pages on bristol board for "Zip's Last Day"

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Class Session 05: Working with Scripts, Character Design, 2-Point Perspective, Research [Back to top]

Due Today

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • Finished inking of "My Day"
  • Measured off 3 blank 10" x 15" pages on bristol board for "Zip's Last Day"

Class Time

Homework

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Class Session 06: Pencil Techniques, Storytelling, 3-Point Perspective [Back to top]

Due Today

Class Time

Homework

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Class Session 07: Perspective 4, Lettering Design [Back to top]

Due Today

Class Time

Homework

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • Finished lettering for "Zip's Last Day"

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Class Session 08: Perspective 5, History [Back to top]

Due Today

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • Finished lettering for "Zip's Last Day"

Class Time

Homework

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • Finished inking for "Zip's Last Day"
  • Measure off 3 blank 10" x 15" pages on bristol board for "Marvel Method"

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Class Session 09: Marvel Method - Story Conference[Back to top]

Due Today

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • Finished inking for "Zip's Last Day"
  • Measure off 3 blank 10" x 15" pages on bristol board for "Marvel Method"

Class Time

Studio

Homework

  • Artists: tighten pencil art of your Marvel story for clarity. Use margin notes as needed.
  • Artists: email loose pencil pages to your Writer
  • Writers: based on your Artist's pencils, type dialog, captions and sound effects. Label each element with a CAPITAL LETTER (example: A, B, C, etc.)
  • Writers: on scans of pencil art, draw indications of where the lettering should go, using the CAPITAL LETTER as a guide for the letterer
  • Writers: email pencilled pages + script to your Artist for lettering

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Class Session 10: Marvel Method - Lettering [Back to top]

Due Today

  • Artists: tighten pencil art of your Marvel story for clarity. Use margin notes as needed.
  • Artists: email loose pencil pages to your Writer
  • Writers: based on your Artist's pencils, type dialog, captions and sound effects. Label each element with a CAPITAL LETTER (example: A, B, C, etc.)
  • Writers: on scans of pencil art, draw indications of where the lettering should go, using the CAPITAL LETTER as a guide for the letterer
  • Writers: email pencilled pages + script to your Artist for lettering

Class Time

  • Attendance
  • Last week's homework

Studio

Homework

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook

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Class Session 11: Marvel Method - Finished Pencils[Back to top]

Due Today

  • 6 life drawings in sketchbook (2 week's worth)
  • Lettered pencil art for all 3 pages of "Marvel Method"

Class Time

Homework

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Class Session 12: Marvel Method - Lettering [Back to top]

Due Today

Class Time

Homework

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Class Session 13: Marvel Method - Inking[Back to top]

Due Today

Class Time

Homework

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Class Session 14: Marvel Method - Finish Inking [Back to top]

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Homework

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Class Session 15: Catch Up [Back to top]

Due Today

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook

Class Time

  • Attendance
  • Last week's homework
  • Demos
    • As needed or requested
  • Studio
    • As needed or requested
    • Scan Your Work
  • Lecture
    • As needed or requested

Homework

  • 3 life drawings in sketchbook
  • Finish, scan and format any remainding stories

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Class Session 16: Wrapup[Back to top]

Due Today

Class Time

  • Attendance
  • Sign off on all assignments:
    • Three 3-page stories
    • 42 life drawings
  • Studio
    • Catch up on old work
  • Final Grades

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