The Comic Krazies put their math skills to use as they learned to draft page layouts using a T-square ruler and a beveled gridded ruler. This foundational skill requires students to be accurate and pay attention to detail in order to ensure that their artwork is not rendered “crooked” once a page it’s reduced and reproduced. (Typically, original art work for comics is drawn on larger page layouts than the end-product).
The Comic Krazies were also trained to use the Ames Lettering Guide , an architectural instrument used to make letters.
The students were taught to develop a comic story utilizing only words and symbols. One additional convention for the assignment requires the background to be either black or white. Students began charting a page layout in Bristol paper in preparation for tomorrow’s lesson on inking.
Jessica consulted with each student in order to monitor their progress on their four-page comic book spread! Everybody is on track and the stories are coming along!
In addition, the group was divided in half and some students visited the post office in Miami Beach (located at Washington and 12th St), while others visited The Hotel Victor to conduct on-location sketches. Unfortunately, the students were turned away from The Victor!
These settings studies will be used as a backdrop for the mini-comics the students will be producing by the end of the week. Comic Krazies will make a class set of mini-comics to share with each other.
More to come on Day 4!