Journal 1

Practice sketch of drawing the proportions of a human using a video tutorial:IMG_0562

Three gesture drawings of people out and about

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Notes from the first two chapters of Understanding Comics:

Ch. 1

– People think comics are crude, poorly-drawn, semiliterate, cheap, disposable, and a kiddie fare, BUT they don’t have to be.

– What is comics? :Sequential Art –> Juxtaposed Pictorial and Other Images in Deliberate Sequence

– These kinds of images have been seen through history since back in the 1500s.

– The images told a story without words

– Mid 1800s is when the modern comic was introduced

– These kinds of comics never get much recognition

– Comics and cartoons are not the same thing, but are similar

Ch. 2

– Icon: any image used to represent a person place, thing or idea

– Words are abstract icons

– Cartoons focus on specific details

– Our eyes make us see faces in things

– We cannot see our face and our mind “cartoons” it for us

– When we interact with inanimate objects, we use more than five senses

– Audience involvement is how the audience identifies with a story’s characters

– In Japanese comics, objects and faces can start cartoony and become very realistic in certain scenes.

– Style can affect the story too

– Words, pictures, and other icons are the vocabulary of the language called COMICS

– A unified language is important for comics

– The Picture Plane

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