Friday, March 15, 2013

Horses in the Hallway

Another quarter is over! Is another year really almost gone?

Here's the grand finale of my only studio this quarter, Visual Storytelling 1. Our class was challenged to create a four-page comic in which we wake up in our dorm room late at night, grab a "weapon," and open the door to see something of our choosing.

My wonderful room mate and dear friend, Cassie (check out her blog too!), took this class previously and I remembered her assignment. At the end of her comic, she chose to open the door to a unicorn. Seeing as we share the same dorm room and had the same professor, I thought it would be funny to have my story be a continuation of hers. I wake up to realize she's not there, hear noises, and join her in the hallway with her unicorn.

Page 4/4 of Cassie's comic

So anyways, here's what I came up with:



Another aspect of this assignment was to experiment with bleed page format (panels that extend to the edges of the page). After doing our tight roughs, we were to arrange the panels in such a way that there would be at least one bleed per page. This was my first time experimenting with this, but I liked having the openness of this option.



And so ends another quarter at SCAD! Next quarter's menu includes two studio classes: Advanced Inking and Sketchbook. This will be a bit of break from storytelling, but I'm excited to build up my technique and craftsmanship.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pastiche Comic: Doug TenNapel

Though Visual Storytelling 1 was my only studio class this quarter, I still had the opportunity to draw more comic pages. Survey of Sequential art has been a fascinating look into comics history. It's classes like these that make me so glad I chose this major.

Outside of class, we were to research a comics artist of our choice, put together a presentation, and then draw a single-page comic imitating his/her style and subject matter.

I chose Doug TenNapel, an artist I'm been enamored with since I was a kid. I grew up watching the Earthworm Jim cartoon and had more recently come across his webcomics Ratfist and Nnewts. He's an amazingly prolific artist with an incredible resume of working in animation, comics, and video game development. Not only is he hilarious and talented, but he's also an ambitious man of faith. I truly admire how he incorporates his passion for Christ in his work, most notably in graphic novels like Ghostopolis and Creature Tech. He's definitely an inspiration.

For my project, I came up with a story that followed TenNapel's reoccurring themes of curiosity, family, and amphibious creatures. If you don't believe me, check out his stuff, it's pretty rad. My story is of a son leading his father into the swamp to share his secret discovery of ancient amphibious diplocaulus (my class affectionally dubbed them "frog-puppies").

As far as the artwork goes, I inked using his tool of trade, a Winsor Newton Series 7 brush. I also included a panel mimicking his signature inverted silhouette style.




I don't do the guy justice, but this was such a fun assignment to do. It was a great opportunity to not only study another artist closely, but learn more about a personal hero.

Yeah, man!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Memoir Comic

This was my favorite assignment of the quarter! Our class was asked to put together a two page memoir comic, any story of our choice. I chose to draw the time I had to sneak into the back of Jacob's house because he forgot his keys. It was really late at night and we were trying our hardest not to wake his parents.

Ask me about it sometime.




Fun project! It was really neat seeing how everyone else drew themselves. Only one more assignment to go!