Creating a Comic Book FA 2021 (LALW-415-02)

Tuesday morning summative elective liberal arts class for Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Course description

Session One: Orientation, First Assignment

Class time

  • Attendance
  • Orientation
  • Demos
    • Tools: Pens, brushes, Ames Lettering Guide
    • Technique: Straight lines, thumbnails
    • Pencilling: Measure off 10" x 15" live area
  • 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
  • One page of ink practice
  • One page of inked straight lines with pen and brush
  • Two pages of practice lettering
  • Two blank bristol pages with 10" x 15" art area in pencil for "My Day"

Session Two: "My Day" Progress

Due today

  • Email to Instructor
  • One page of ink practice
  • One page of inked straight lines with pen and brush
  • Two pages of practice lettering
  • Two blank bristol pages with 10" x 15" art area in pencil for "My Day"

Homework

  • Two life drawings in sketchbook
  • Two pages of advanced lettering practice
  • Straight lines with pen and brush
  • Finish bordering and lettering "My Day"
  • Begin inking "My Day"

Class time

Session Three: "My Day" Finale

Due today

  • Two life drawings in sketchbook
  • Two pages of advanced lettering practice
  • Straight lines with pen and brush
  • Finish bordering and lettering "My Day"
  • Begin inking "My Day"

Homework

  • Three life drawings in sketchbook
  • Finish Finish inking "My Day"
  • Three blank bristol pages with 10" x 15" art area in pencil for "Marvel Method"

Class time

Session Four: "Marvel Method" Story Conference

Due today

  • Three life drawings in sketchbook
  • Finish inking "My Day"
  • Three blank bristol pages with 10" x 15" art area in pencil for "Marvel Method"

Class time

Homework

  • Artists: tighten pencil art for clarity. Use margin notes as needed. Send finsihed pencil pages to your writer.
  • Writers: based on your Artist's pencils, type up a letterer's script. No lavish panel descriptions, just dialog, captions and sound effects:
    • Label each element with a CAPITAL LETTER.
    • On scans of pencil art, draw indications of where the lettering should go, using the CAPITAL LETTER as a guide.
    • Email pencilled pages (with your lettering indications) and script to your letterer.

Studio

  • Begin working on Marvel Method:
    • Marvel Method breakout groups. Each student will be the writer of one story and artist of another. In 30-minute story conferences (Zoom breakout group), teams will discuss their ideas for this three-page story. At the end of the first story conference, students will reverse roles for a second meeting. Every student should ultimately be responsible for the art of one team, the story of another, and letterer of another!
    • Character design and loose pencil art for "Marvel Method"

Session Five: "Marvel Method" Development

Due today

  • Artists: tighten pencil art for clarity. Use margin notes as needed. Send finsihed pencil pages to your writer.
  • Writers: based on your Artist's pencils, type up a letterer's script. No lavish panel descriptions, just dialog, captions and sound effects. Label each element with a CAPITAL LETTER. On scans of pencil art, draw indications of where the lettering should go, using the CAPITAL LETTER as a guide. Email pencilled pages (with your lettering indications) and script to your letterer.

Homework

Class time

Session Six: "Marvel Method" Refinement

Due today

  • Finish lettering "Marvel Method"
  • Send "Marvel Method" pages to inker

Homework

  • Three life drawings in sketchbook
  • Continue inking "Marvel Method"

Class time

Session Seven: "Marvel Method" Finale

Due today

  • Three life drawings in sketchbook
  • Continue inking "Marvel Method"

Homework

Class time

Session Eight: Catch Up

Due today

Homework

Class time

  • Demos
    • By need or request
  • Studio
    • TBA
  • Lecture
    • By need or request

Session Nine: "Your Story" Script

Due today

Homework

  • First draft of "Your Story" script complete
  • Second draft of "Your Story" script in progress
  • Three blank bristol pages with 10" x 15" art area in pencil for "Your Story"

Class Time

  • Demos
    • By need or request
  • Studio
    • Plot and thumbnail three pages of comic book continuity
    • Submit first draft to instructor
    • If time allows, work on revisions for second draft
  • Lecture
    • By need or request

Session Ten: "Your Story" Script Revisions

Due today

  • First draft of "Your Story" script complete
  • Second draft of "Your Story" script in progress
  • Three blank bristol pages with 10" x 15" art area in pencil for "Your Story"

Homework

  • Get sign-off on second round script
  • Start/continue pencilling approved script

Class Time

  • Demos
    • By need or request
  • Studio
    • Revise first draft of "Your Story" script for second round
    • Get sign-off on second round "Your Story" script
    • Start pencilling "Your Story" approved script
  • Lecture
    • By need or request

Session Eleven: "Your Story" Art Development

Due today

  • Revise first draft of "Your Story" script for second round
  • Get sign-off on second round "Your Story" script
  • Start pencilling "Your Story" approved script

Homework

  • Continue pencil art from approved script

Class Time

  • Demos
    • By need or request
  • Studio
    • Start/continue "Your Story" pencil art from approved script
    • Show instructor "Your Story" pencil art for approval
    • If needed, make revisions to "Your Story"
  • Lecture
    • By need or request

Session Twelve: "Your Story" Art Revisions

Due today

  • Continue pencil art from approved script

Homework

  • Continue inking "Your Story"

Class Time

  • Demos
    • By need or request
  • Studio
    • Get pencil art appproval of entire "Your Story"
    • Start inking and lettering "Your Story"
  • Lecture
    • By need or request

Session Thirteen:"Your Story" Finale

Due today

  • Continue inking "Your Story"

Homework

  • Finish inking "Your Story"
  • Scan and format "Your Story"

Class Time

  • Demos
    • By need or request
  • Studio
    • Continue inking "Your Story"
  • Lecture
    • By need or request

Session Fourteen: Wrapup

Due today

  • Finish inking "Your Story"
  • Scan and format "Your Story"
  • Any remaining assignments

Homework

  • None

Class time

  • Demos
    • By request
  • Studio
    • By request
  • Lecture
    • By request