Assignment 5: Final Proposal

•February 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

“Little Bones Babes”

The 6 pages are including front and back cover art to introduce and depart from the character.

I figure my audience will be little girls, but who knows, maybe old ladies will like it too.

Some of the feedback I received today in class centered around questions regarding layout.  Do I need panels to create this book?  I very much want this to be considered a comic, so I think that panels are necessary to share the sequential media in a format recognizable to comic book readers.

Another question brought up was in regard to how much pop up is in the story and how is it being used.  There is concern that the fine line and balance to create this project as a complete piece without over saturation of pop up elements may not be met.  In the comics class, the story is the most significant point to address.  If pop up exists just to exist for aesthetic pleasure without purpose, the story might suffer and comic book cues may be missed.  I’ve been challenged to create a comic with pop-up elements that have a purpose without being redundant.  Time to consult my Scott McCloud book, Understanding Comics yet again to ponder the different ways to tell a story effectively.


I am excited to get to work on this project, and maybe get to show my finished work at the MoCCA ArtFest.  How cool would that be?


Assignment 4: 4 Panels

•February 22, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This weeks assignment was to focus on type and layout of fonts within a 4 panel story.  Here is my work for class.

P.S. Painting with a brush and some ink is HARD!!!

Assignment 3: The Ape Lady

•February 15, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The assignment was to  create a six-panel comic adapted from T.C. Boyle’s “The Ape Lady in Retirement.” The challenge to create a complete story narrowed down from a rather lengthy tale with very detailed and rich imagery was somewhat daunting.  I decided to keep it really simple highlighting who the ape lady was where she was coming from, what she wanted, and what got in her way.

The majority of my classmates did not particularly care for this short story. In today’s setting the story does not make sense.  No one is that trusting, nor naive to think an innocent heart can prevail in such circumstances.  It was nice; however, to get lost in a story and be challenged to put it into a comic with 6 panels. No more, no less.

Comics: Assignment 2

•February 7, 2012 • Leave a Comment


Interdependent: Words and Pictures go hand in hand.

Little Bones Babes lies down under the weeping willow tree and day dreams while birds fly by.


Word Specific: Pictures illustrate but don’t significantly add to a largely complete text.

The leaves on the branches rustled a calming sound as the willow blew in the wind.



Picture Specific: Words do little more than add a soundtrack.

“Tweet. Tweet. Tweet.”


Parallel: Words and pictures seem to follow very different courses without intersecting.

“One bird, Two Bird, Three Bird, Four. ”

Pop-Up Books: Assignment 2

•February 7, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Comics: Assignment 1

•January 31, 2012 • Leave a Comment

My face?  I’m not an illustrator, but here’s what I had to show the class.  I thought I was going to die of embarrassment.  Oh well, I will never get better if I don’t make myself try, right?

The objective is to strip 5 layers down from my face as shown by example in Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics.  


Pop-Up Books: Assignment 1

•January 31, 2012 • Leave a Comment