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Art of the Comic Book | David Marshall, Instructor

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Summer 2011

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Week 01: Orientation | My Day - Part 1 of 2 | Storytelling, Lettering [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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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
  • Studio
    • Start pencilling for "My Day"
  • Lecture

Homework

  • 3 Life Drawings in Sketchbook
  • Finish pencil art of "My Day"

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Week 02: My Day - Part 2 of 2 | Storytelling, Lettering Revisited, Bordering, Inking [Back to top]

Due Today

  • 3 Life Drawings in Sketchbook
  • Finished pencil art of "My Day"

Class Time

  • Attendance
  • Last week's homework
  • Demos
    • Lettering: Level 2
    • Pencilling: Loose and Tight
  • Studio
    • Practice bordering and lettering
    • Letter "My Day"
  • Lecture

Homework

  • 3 Life Drawings in Sketchbook
  • Finish bordering and lettering "My Day"

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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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Week 03: Zip's Last Day - Part 1 of 2 | Working with a Full Script [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"

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Week 04: Zip's Last Day - Part 2 of 2 [Back to top]

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Homework

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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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Week 05: The Marvel Method - Part 1 of 3 | Collaboration, Plot Synopsis [Back to top]

Due Today

  • 3 Life Drawings in Sketchbook
  • Finished inking for "Zip's Last Day"
  • Measured off 3 blank 10" x 15" pages on bristol board for "Marvel Method"

Class Time

Homework

  • 3 Life Drawings in Sketchbook
  • "Tighter" pencil art for all 3 pages of "Marvel Method"

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Due Today

  • 3 Life Drawings in Sketchbook
  • "Tighter" pencil art for all 3 pages of "Marvel Method"

Class Time

  • Attendance
  • Last week's homework
  • Studio: 30-Minute Copy Session (Marvel Method - Phase 2)
    • Writers get pages from Artists
    • On separate sheet of paper, write dialog, captions and sound effects. Label each element with a CAPITAL LETTER (example: A, B, C, etc.)
    • Directly on the pencil art, draw indications of where the lettering should go, using the CAPITAL LETTER as a guide for the letterer.
    • Return pencilled pages + script to the Artist for lettering.
  • Studio: Lettering + Finished Pencils
    • Letter the pages
    • Tighten the pencils, based on seeing the script in context for the first time
  • Lecture

Homework

  • 3 Life Drawings in Sketchbook
  • Finished pencils for all 3 pages of "Marvel Method

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Week 06: The Marvel Method - Part 2 of 3 [Back to top]

Due Today

  • 3 Life Drawings in Sketchbook
  • Finished pencils for all 3 pages of "Marvel Method

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Week 07: The Marvel Method - Part 3 of 3 | Digital Production | Wrapup [Back to top]

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Class Time

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