For a start of this year, me along with my classmates, (the first and third years included) we have been asked to each create our own comic strip page. Then our tutors will collect them and create them into one graphic novel, then sell it to a comic festival in Kendal. Every year a comic festival happens, with all shops and stands selling comics from both old and new. I immediately get started working on some ideas for a comic strip. As a reminder, I am only allowed to do one page with only 5 to 9 pictures drawn or designed and this has to be something based upon the text I was given. The text I got was, “There is a tree that little grass I used.” I didn't understand what it means but it has given me some thought of something I do with my dad at home. When it is a nice or cloudy day we would go for a walk with our dog, up to the hills called the knott when we reached the top we'd have a view of the bay and sometimes whenever the tide is at its lowest we would go and walk across it to Grange-over-Sands. This is something I'd do for a comic strip. I've been looking through the photos I took from the walks I've done, with my Dad. One or two of them I used as a background with mixture of drawings in both pen and pencil (with no colours) in any of them. Earlier when I present my idea for a comic strip and what work I’ve done so far, my tutor Dwayne said the drawings I’ve done are good, but there were some worrying and confusing. He was seeing what I was doing, because that the drawings I've done are in pieces and are sort of mixed together with the pages I used on my sketchbook. So when I've finally finished a page for the comic strip. I don’t know how everyone else has finished there work but I know those who have finished has given theirs to Dwayne on his pen drive, as did I. The drawings I did in the comic strip is based on what I do at home with my Dad, because to me it’s simple and it’s similar to the walks I do. When I first finished and presented to Dwayne he told me I had to rescan the drawings to a proper scanner, because the other scanner that most of the students and tutors use is not that great. So I got the drawings rescanned and started over. It was a little bit better than the last one and the last thing I did was getting the text I was given from the start of the project in the page “There is a tree that little grass I used” in the design. The work I did is good, the drawings and photos adjusted on Lightroom/photoshop apps with similar colour and texture. I’ll be waiting for it to be in the comic book with everyone else’s work and get a copy for me to have. What I need to try the next time is look for an artist and research about him or her before doing any artwork of comic strip and make sure to read the brief a few times again.
Drawings for the Comic Strip
Photos/Images Referencing for the Background of the Comic Strip
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