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CREATE A COMIC THAT

CONFRONTS

AN ISSUE IN OUR WORLD
TODAY

THE PROJECT BROKEN DOWN

OBJECTIVE: By the end of the unit, students will build works of art and design to demonstrate growth and proficiency in their ability to communicate in their art, by creating a digital comic strip that confronts a conflict in today's world.

WHAT & WHY

YOUR comic strip to CONFRONT something you are not okay with in today's World.

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What is a Comic?

Resources to define, provide inspiration, reveal the variety of styles/content & the evolution of this medium!

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What is my Why?

Process to brainstorm what issue you will confront, how you will confront it and how to bring your story to life.

FINAL TOUCHES

Critiques, Speaking about your art + Submission Opportunities

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How do I use Indesign?

A guided exercise for you to learn how to use the program to draw your comic into a vector format.

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Critique One Another

This is the process of supporting you and your classmates in speaking about work, giving one another feedback, asking one another powerful questions as well as providing a different perspective.

WHAT IS A COMIC?

 
SIMPLY DEFINED
RESOURCES FOR YOU

Comic Art is a medium of expression that communicates ideas via images, often combined with text or other forms of visual information. They are frequently designed into juxtaposed sequences of panels of images. Often textual devices such as speech balloons, captions, and sound effects indicate dialogue, narration, or other information.

 

Elements such as size and placement of panels control narrative pacing. Cartooning and similar forms of illustration are the most common image-making means in comics.

 

Forms of comics include comic strips, editorial and gag cartoons, comic books, graphic novels and webcomics.

INSPIRATION

WHAT IS MY WHY?

 
CREATING A MESSAGE
RESOURCES FOR YOU

First: Let's define a POLITICAL CARTOON: a drawing (often including caricature) made for the purpose of conveying editorial commentary on politics, politicians, and current events. Such cartoons play a role in the political discourse of a society that provides for freedom of speech and of the press.

This being said, to create a political cartoon, we must first be clear on what your message will be - what your comic will stand for - and what current issue you will confront with your art.

In the resources on the right, you will find your document to complete for your brainstorm, as well as some inspiration in creating clarity around YOUR MESSAGE.

ASSIGNMENT

Step 1:  Click Brainstorm link, then make a copy for yourself

(File -> Make a Copy) and AS ALWAYS save in your

Google Drive in this project's folder.

Step 2:  Complete the brainstorm to create your idea. 

 

IF YOU GET STUCK: Get support by asking questions, seek inspiration from ALL OF THE RESOURCES ON THIS PAGE, let yourself freely draw/journal/process. Coming to class with an "I don't know what to do," without advocating for yourself = staying silent (watch video link provided on right - there is plenty to speak about).

 

Step 3: Turn into Google Classroom
 

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HOW DO I USE INDESIGN?

 
ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
RESOURCES FOR YOU

This is a program based in VECTOR ART: Meaning that the art you create in here is created by points, lines, curves and shapes (based off of mathematical formulas. 

Creating in a vector format gives us the opportunity to scale things down or up - without loosing quality or creating a pixelated rendering. THIS, is why we create logos in Illustrator: We simply can resize our graphic to fit ANY size we need.

In your resources tab you will find the guided exercise to support you in learning the program's ability to draw in Illustrator.

RESOURCES YOU WILL NEED:

  1. HEADPHONES (yours or mine)

  2. A computer with Illustrator and working Internet 

  3. Log in to the G Drive and open your Digital Art folder​

ALT. ASSIGNMENT CHALLENGE

FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY KNOW THE PEN TOOL

Go find an image/illustration of something that you feel like you couldn't draw, place it into illustrator and trace it using the pen tool.

(you can submit this instead of the assignment listed on the right)

Step 1:  Download zipped file (double click to unzip) and place in your G Drive DA Folder for this project.

Step 2:  Watch this video on how to complete the tutorial.  
Watch the video, pause the video, and then DO what the video is showing you. Ask questions if something isn't working correctly.

Step 3:  Save what you have each day.

  • SAVE AS : Learning the Pen Tool Worksheet

  • SAVE the final worksheet as a ILL doc

  • EXPORT a JPEG (there is no 'save as' JPEG in Ai)

ASSIGNMENT

CRITIQUE

 
ASSIGNMENT
RESOURCES FOR YOU

Step 1:  Click Critique link, then make a copy for yourself

(File -> Make a Copy) and AS ALWAYS save in your

Google Drive in this project's folder.

Step 2:  Share the entire fold for this project with your critique group (click on the folder, press SHARE - ensure that they have EDITING ACCESS)

Step 3: Critique your critique group's work - on their critique sheet in their project's folder

Step 4: After receiving your critique back, read through the responses, then fill out the reflection questions on the last page.

 

Step 5: Turn into Google Classroom
 

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