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GRAPHIC NARRATIVE

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GRAPHIC NARRATIVE
& becoming a visual raconteur
session 01
session01
What is Graphic Narrative?
'sequential art.'
TASK 01 : RESEARCH GRAPHIC NARRATIVE
// In Pairs or Groups of 3 :
Research Examples of Story Telling & Graphic Narrative focusing on visuals and conventions.
MUST

SHOULD

COULD
Find and share one GN and why you chose it (like it)

+ compare / contrast two GNs (like and dislike)

+ compare / contrast Eastern and Western GNs
TASK 02 : SCRIPT TO STORY
// In Pairs or Groups of 3 :
Write a single page of action / dialogue including a iconic video game character. Swap with another group. Visualise and create that script into one page of comic.
MUST

SHOULD

COULD
add ideas to script & storyboard scene with dialogue.

+ add pencil and pen and details.

+ add inks / colour elements and VFX/SFX
session02
Angles & Feeling
"Holy Chaffing Mole Rats Batman"
CHOOSING THE CORRECT ANGLES
A couple of panels per page and only 22/24 pages per comic.
Engage the reader quickly and imaginatively.
Tells the story to all audiences - universal & exciting / energetic.
30 days of night
Civil War
The Punisher
The Crow
TASK 01 : DRAW VARIOUS ANGLES & REASONS
// Individually :
Draw the angles required in each of the panels of the storyboard / comic strip. Use pencils and give the panel your own graphic style.
MUST


SHOULD

COULD
Draw in at least 10 panels the required angle.
+ add reasons and feelings for each angle.

+ Complete all of the story board / comic panels.

+ Start to ink / colour and add own graphic style to comic panels.
ADDING DIALOGUE
& ONOMATOPOEIA
DIALOGUE NEEDS TO BE CONCISE AND INTERESTING
http://www.blambot.com/grammar.shtml
http://comicrelated.com/news/3416/creating-comics
HOW TO USE THE RIGHT LETTER BOXES / DIALOGUE BUBBLES
'OMG, RLY' - NEVER USE TXT SPK
SOUND IT OUT - READ IT ALOUD (DOES IT WORK?)
REMEMBER THE MEDIUM (GRAPHIC) - USE IMAGES OVER WORDS
MOVE THE STORY FORWARD
REVEAL CHARACTER MOTIVES AND RELATIONS
COMMUNICATE FACTS TO THE READER
FORESHADOW FUTURE EVENTS - SET TIME BOMBS
TASK 02 : INKING THE DIALOGUE
// Individually or In Pairs :
Use the template comic provided to add dialogue turning the images into a more comprehensive narrative.
MUST


SHOULD

COULD
Create your own script / narrative and add dialogue to one panel.

+ Add dialogue to at least 3 panels

+ Fully complete the comic.
session 03
Layout & Narrative
PANEL & PAGE LAYOUT
THE ORDER OF THE PANELS & LAYOUT OF THE PAGE IS IMPORTANT
JACK KIRBY
IT DECIDES THE PACE OF ACTION AND (UN)REVEALING OF INFORMATION
GUIDES THE READER TO UNDERSTAND THE NARRATIVE & WRITER / ARTIST TO TELL IT
HOW TO NARRATE
& NO MISTAKING
be creative!
but not complicated.
REMEMBER RULE OF THIRDS
GOLDEN RULE
ANGLES & INTEREST
BE CREATIVE
DYNAMIC ANGLES
PACE & TIMING
ONE PANEL TO ANOTHER
THE LARGER THE PANEL THE MORE 'TIME' & IMPORTANCE IT HAS IN THE STORY
TASK 01 : SCRIPT TO THUMBNAILS & SKETCHES
// Individually or In Pairs :
Create and thumbnail / sketch ideas for a page of Professional Script. Think of the pace (panel layout) and emotion (choosing angles for each panel) and feeling of the narrative.
MUST

SHOULD


COULD
Sketch ideas in pencil based on the page of script.

Develop emotions and feeling with charcoal willow OR felt tips.

+ Fully complete the comic page w/ outlines & colour
DIGITAL ART & ROTOSCOPING
TASK 02 : CREATE A DIGITAL HORROR SHORTY
// In Small groups (production teams of 3/4)
Create a short narrative for a Horror Graphic Narrative. It must be 4 pages in duration. It MUST include a Splash Page. You must create it using digital tech (photography, graphics tablets, photoshop) and include texturizing.
MUST

SHOULD


COULD
Add to the narrative.

+ Develop character and Narrative in Panels
+ Add dialogue & onomatopoeia

+ Draft the layout of the pages
Digital Compositing
TASK 01 : COMPLETE THE HORROR GN
// In Small groups (production teams of 3/4)
Create a short narrative for a Horror Graphic Narrative. It must be 4 pages in duration. It MUST include a Splash Page. You must create it using digital tech (photography, graphics tablets, photoshop) and include texturizing.
MUST

SHOULD

COULD
Help add assets to some of the pages of the GN.

+ Fully create one of the pages

+ Lead the production team and give the GN your own graphic style.
TASK 01.2 : PEER CRITIQUE & FEEDBACK
// Individually
Read the other groups Horror GNs giving feedback and positive critique.
MUST


Give at least one piece of feedback.
TASK 02 : GN QUICK QUIZ
// Individually
Read through the questions and answer them using your notes help you. Also answers must be attempted and worked on individually - IT IS A QUIZ!
MUST

SHOULD

COULD
Answer at least 5 questions correctly.

Answer at least 10 questions correctly.

Answer all questions correctly.
TASK 03 : FRUIT (& ANIMAL OIL) PASTELS
// Individually
Write down a random Fruit or Animal and a Colour. Pass it back to Me. *Randomized* You will receive one to complete in Oil Pastels. Remember to keep the drawing.
MUST

Complete the Drawing using a specific oil pastel colour.
session 05
Portfolio & Materials
Starcraft Marine 3D Model
Materials to be Used for Portfolio
Pencil.
Felt Pens.
Oil Pastels.
TASK 01 : STILL LIFE MODEL DRAWING
// Individually
Observationally draw the Lines & Shapes of the 3D Model. Choose a traditional material digital capture the image and annotate the benefits / disadvantages of the material.
MUST

SHOULD

Attempt to draw the Marine and Annotate Briefly

+ Complete the drawing to a good standard.
+ Annotate in detail explaining benefits of materials in comparison to the image chosen


TASK 02 : PORTFOLIO MATERIALS
// Individually
Choose at least 2 more materials and draw at least 2 more images (researched from the internet).
MUST


SHOULD


COULD
Draw at least 2 other 'random' images with 2 traditional materials. With some annotation.

Choose and draw at least 3 images choosing the materials carefully. Adding annotation.

Choose and draw at least 4 images and 4 different materials based on the image. With good annotation.
Willow.
Chalk.
Crayons.
Where did you source your ideas from?
What medium have you used?
What do you feel worked well?
What limitations does the material have?
How could you improve your drawings to develop them further?
Annotation Tips.
session 6
Narrative Structure & Reflection
TASK 01 // PROFESSIONAL REFLECTION
// In Pairs
Read and Analyse and reflect the Narrative Structure and all other elements of GN.
You will be creating a minimum of 5 minute presentation on your chosen GN (comic book) explaining your reasons and critical reflection of the professional comic.
AREAS OF REFLECTION:
types of structure : open, closed, single strand, multi-strand, linear, non-linear, opening, conflict, resolution, cause and effect, enigma, climax.
Panel, Layout, Character, Graphic Style, Dialogue, Onomatopoeia, Guttering, Materials, Process.
TASK 02 // REFLECTING PRESENTATION
// In Pairs
Present your findings in a presentation (powerpoint). Highlight and explain the areas of reflection you feel affect you as a reader and story teller. Go through your tes and reflect on each area / headline.
MUST

SHOULD

COLULD
Give at least 2 comments, one on narrative

Share your ideas and thoughts on at least 3 areas

Give points that no-one else has mentioned.
http://www.newsarama.com/topics/free-online-comic-books/
http://comicsalliance.com/ody-c-preview-prologue-matt-fraction-christian-ward-image-comics/
PORTFOLIO.
continue portfolio
use traditional materials
Assessment 101
PORTFOLIO
What is the contents of the Portfolio...?
Show the use of Traditional Materials.
Annotation of Materials and Mark Making.
Show Life, Natural Form and Architecture.
Mood Boards.
Idea Development of Concepts.
Thumbnailing of Characters.
Annotation of Ideas.
Frame Layout examples with Annotation.
200 Word Proposal with legal issues considered.
Gantt Chart with Resources highlighted.
TRADITIONAL MATERIALS
OIL PASTELS
CHALKS
PENCIL
PEN / INKS
WATER COLOURS
CRAYONS
WILLOW / CHARCOAL
ACRYLIC PAINT
ANNOTATION QUESTIONS...
Where did you source your ideas from?
What medium have you used?
What do you feel worked well?
What limitations does the material have?
How could you improve your drawings to develop them further?
idea generation;
MOOD BOARD(S)
CHARACTER THUMB-NAILING
G.NARRATIVE LAYOUT
PRE-PRODUCTION
resources required
time schedule
legal document
planning considerations
legal considerations.

> COPYRIGHT & IP OF CHARACTER / IDEAS
> TARGET AUDIENCE & GENRE TYPE
> ETHICS & ISSUES
> REPRESENTATION & CULTURAL DECENCY
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