Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Morgan Hickman - Children of God

Thanks to Morgan for sharing his stuff with us today. Check out the the latest Children of God and keep up with Morgan's mojo over at his site--Drop him a comment and stay in touch!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Banole by Dave Marshall and Luke Kralik

Banole is a cool web comic collaboration by S.O.U. alums Dave Marshall and Luke Kralik. Dig it! Dave will be coming to our class on Thursday, October 28. For all y'all Star Wars types, he's also one of the masterminds behind I.M.P.S. The Relentless.
Hey the links work now!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Free Olde Animation Night This Weekend!

Come check it out. Good times. Saturday at 7 in the Meese Auditorium.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Week 4: Dummy and Another Finished Page

This week, we'll be critiquing your first page of finished art. The plan is for you to get some very specific feedback to help hone your individual approach to your work. For next week's critique, Tuesday, October 26, you'll do another page of finished work and bring in an updated dummy of your project.

Talking points for October 19 crit.
1. Clarity. Of action, story, setting, characters.
2. Consistency. Establishing the key visual forms and overall design.
3. Contour. Finishing and varying.
4. Story. Action and tension. Continuity.
5. Flow. Maintaining reader interest.
6. Graphic Power. Composition, composition, composition. Use of black/color. Visual hierarchy.

Here are Miles' videos on the basics of drawing in Flash.

Here's the direct URL if the embedded video doesn't work for you.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Week 3 - Complete a finished page

Jack Kirby, original art from Manhunter.

For Tuesday, October 19. Complete a full page of your book. Make 5 copies of the page. We will critique them at the beginning of class.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Week 2 - Visual Research - Influences and Design Guides

One of Miles' big influences, Lynda Barry
On your web site, write a reflective essay about one or two of your influences. Describe the work. What drew you to their work? What do you know about their working methods? How do they use composition, line, shape? Is the work precise, sloppy, loose, detailed, free, tight, etc? Be sure to post examples of their work to back up your observations.

Pick a book or two to use as the design touchstone for your book. Discuss margins, gutters, bleeds, typography, lettering, height/width ratio, page measurements etc.

Work up a proposal for your book and post it to your blog. Include working title, short working description (2-3 sentences) and 5-10 images. The images can be thumbnails, character concepts, anything!

All of this is due Tuesday, October 12 at noon.