Here are four powerful tools for visual storytelling:
Using these tools in your artwork — by including, combining, or even omitting them — can dramatically change the impact of your comics!
= That part of our characters that displays personality, registers emotion, or just looks back at us!
= Anything a character DOES, or anything that HAPPENS. (Do we read a VERB in the image? That’s the action!)
= The time & place of the story. Settings might be super-detailed, super-simple, or even left out entirely!
= Anything that we READ (rather than SEE). Remember, in comics, we DRAW all our text into a visual space…
F.A.S.T. TOOLS IN ACTION:
Cartooning Basics #1: Shapes & Faces
Anybody can draw cartoons… Follow along at home, & you’ll be surprised at the results!
Cartooning Basics #2: Faces & Body Language
Sometimes it helps to act out an idea, and FEEL the picture in your body…
Hospital Cat 1: Finding F.A.S.T. in a Primary Source Text
These simple visual tools & marks will help primary source texts COME TO LIFE on your comics page!
F.A.S.T. SEAL Cartooning Activity
A fun Social-Emotional Artistic Learning group warmup!
This work is PATRON-POWERED!