Comics Workshop @ Disnard (Feb. 2021)

Hi Disnard Drawing friends! I’ll post materials here throughout our CLiF residency… ~ Marek

JUMP TO: DAY 1 / DAY 2 / DAY 3


The P*I.E. Process:

We’ll draw all our comics projects using this simple (but powerful) process:

Are you ready to fold a blank “1-sheet” booklet?

DRAWING A SAMPLE 1-SHEET:

More about the “WOOGUMS” mini >>

Revolutionary War Topics:

  • French & Indian War
  • Sugar & Stamp Acts
  • Sons of Liberty
  • Townshend Acts
  • Boston Massacre
  • Boston Tea Party
  • Intolerable Acts
  • First Continental Congress

DAY 1 NOTES:

5M (Morning Session):

Here’s my desktop after our AM & PM sessions:

We practiced marking up a sample source article, in search of F.A.S.T. “Storytelling Tools”:

(1) Here, I’m starting to work on a FRENCH & INDIAN WAR mini with my article (marked up on my desktop, for reference!) & my pencil:

(2) I’ll draw the cover later…
Let’s open up the book & start doodling what we think this story might look like!

Note the (?) in the left margin of my booklet — That means I want to research those details more, & maybe find a source image for them.

ALSO: Here’s what my F.A.S.T. Toolbox looks like in action, drawing a 1-sheet mini “report” about Civil War nurse Sarah Low:

DAY 2 NOTES:

We’re conferencing on student projects today, & looking at some simple tips for making our comics MORE READABLE:

CONFERENCE RESULTS: Marek’s “French & Indian War” Mini (in progress!)

Here are some working notes I made on my mini-comic, after a conference with 5M readers:

PAGE 1:

PAGES 2-3:

I’m drawing details from my markup of the source article on DAY 1.

PAGES 4-5:

I drew this 2-page spread from photos I found at the “Fort Necessity” official website (NPS.gov). Note that these are MODERN PHOTOS recreating the site, so they’re NOT primary source photos. However, they are considered historically accurate by NPS historians. They include some clues about costumes & tactics, too.

PAGES 6-7:

Back to work! 8^)

More sources:

LOC.GOV Picture Search: “French and Indian War” >>
“Pictorial Americana: FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR” >>

“Life of George Washington–The soldier” (Battle of the Monogahela / 1755) (print, c.1854)

Archives.gov: “Images of the Revolutionary War” >>

DAY 3 NOTES:

EDITING & INKING OUR FINAL ARTWORK…

Thanks for a fun residency & awesome artwork, everybody! Keep in touch! ~ Marek

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