Comics Workshop @ HDMS

Materials posted during our residency week (March-April 2021):

JUMP TO: RESEARCH | DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4

RESEARCH: PRIMARY SOURCES

Harper’s Weekly Volumes:

Collected newspapers, 1861-1865 = Excellent source of primary source news & images.

1861:

1862:

1863:

1864:

1865:

Godey’s Lady’s Book

DAY 1 NOTES:

Residency Plan (In Progress!):

TERMS: “Cartooning” & “Comics”:

F.A.S.T. Visual Storytelling Toolbox:

The P*I.E. Process:

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

DAY 2 NOTES:

Comics Pages

Today we set up a basic 3-panel “Setting-Action-Result” page (& a demo Splash Page too):

MORE PAGE LAYOUTS >>

Hospital Cat #1:

Finding F.A.S.T. visual elements in a source text.

DEMO PAGE:

Here’s a page Marek started penciling with the group:

Marek’s sources for details about the Battle of the Wilderness:


Visual Source: “Skirmish in the Wilderness” (Winslow Homer)

Video Series: Drawing Winslow Homer’s “Wilderness” >>


Visual Source: Marek’s Visit to Wilderness Battlefield




How to Draw Freeman Colby / Demo “Splash” Panel:

NOTE: I’m drawing this page WITHOUT penciling — Don’t try this at home, unless you’ve already drawn an entire 300+ page graphic novel as practice!

DAY 3 NOTES:

CONFERENCE DEMO:

Marek’s artwork, pre-conference:

Post-conference, w/ markups & pencil edits:

Inked (& patched):

An alternate 4-panel approach to the same page — Drawing LESS:

RESEARCH DEMO:

Soldier’s Rest, Alexandria Virginia” (LOC.gov)

DAY 4 NOTES:

More inking & edits:

DRAWING HISTORY:
Osanaetoki Bankokubanashi
(童絵解万国噺)

Kanagaki Robun (writer) + Utagawa Yoshitora (artist) / 1861

Fantastical woodblock history of “America”…

[Nick Kapur’s twitter commentary >>] [Related resources from MIT >>]

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