DAVE STEWART ON COLORING COMICS

I’ve been a fan of Dave Stewart’s abilities for the last ten years, and it’s been fascinating to watch him tackle projects as varied as Hellboy, Sandman: Overture, Daytripper and now Craig Thompson’s Space Dumplins. I recently discovered the new comics interview show, From the Gutters, and was happy to find a two-part video interview with … Continue reading

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HOW TO MAKE A GRAPHIC NOVEL (4/7)

(Continued from Part 3) REVIEW Ask the students which comics and books they read yesterday. Ask if they watched any movies or tv shows and if they were able to pick out signs of a three-act structure. It’s a big concept to take in at first, but once students are able to see the structure, … Continue reading

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HOW TO MAKE A GRAPHIC NOVEL (2/7)

(Continued from Part 1) HOW DOES A COMIC WORK? One of the big questions we are asking in class is “how does a comic work?” Of course we want to know what a comic is and how to make one, but we’re doing so from the inside-out. We’re taking it apart to understand it. For … Continue reading

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LTUE IS HAPPENING NOW!

Going to LTUE? Here’s my schedule for today: 2PM Working With Clients 3PM Art for Children’s and YA Books 6PM Writing for Comics and Web Comics 8-10PM Book Signing In case you missed yesterday’s event, here are some of the handouts I gave to panel attendees (click for full, printable size):

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QUENTIN BLAKE: HOW I DRAW

Quentin Blake has given us a new reason to love him and his work: he’s put up a section on his website called HOW I DRAW. Here’s a little taste of what you’ll find on his site: “I do a freewheeling sort of drawing that looks as though it is done on the spur of … Continue reading

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DORRENBOOM’S ILLUSTRATION PROCESS

I came across this process post from Pieter M. Dorrenboom via the Drawn! blog, taking us through Pieter’s illustration process from start to finish: What I would like to do, is to tell you something about the making of the illustrations. Several times I’ve noticed that some people don’t realize how an illustration is made and how … Continue reading

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SPOTTING TANGENTS

Tangents are something I struggled with a lot in my early days of drawing. I didn’t know what they were called, but I found them a lot—especially when my drawn elbows met up with an edge in the picture, or the way I cropped an image visually and it just looked awkward. I originally discovered this … Continue reading

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WILL TERRY / HOW TO ILLUSTRATE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

You can no longer talk about children’s book art in Utah without hearing Willy Terry’s name pop up. This is a good thing. A very good thing. See what I mean? This is a typical painting from Will—and by ‘typical’ I mean teeming with rich, luscious colors, playful contrast between light and dark tones, endearing … Continue reading

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THE DARK ART of PRICING

Jessica Hische is the designer and illustrator behind The Daily Drop Cap, where she has created a beautiful illustrative initial cap daily since September of 2009. That’s two years already and she still isn’t finished with the project! Jessica is also a champion for freelance designers and illustrators all over the world (thank you!) and she … Continue reading

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