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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Top Comic Book Creation Resources

A student told me that they would be working on their own comic book idea over summer break, but were unsure of how to keep the work from looking amateuristic.  I started to rattle off some websites and it dawned on me that I have not posted most of these resources to the blog.

Without further ado, here we go:

http://comicbookgraphicdesign.com/  All around good website with tutorials

Gesture and pose reference links

Palle Schmidt's website on comic technique is cool. Scroll down to check out free resources before you commit to paid tutorials.

Online tips and tools and free 7 day crash course courtesy of Mr.Schmidt.

The Creative Bloq always has excellent resources if you use their search tool properly.
Here are two:

See examples from all your favorite comic artists


Pick the best books on comic creation from these two lists:

List is solid but links might be dead, will have to do Google / Amazon title search with this one.

Comic page layout templates

Know some good links? Please reply and share!

Monday, May 14, 2018

ASU Sponsoring Media Classes in June

ASU is sponsoring hands on media classes this June 4th-29th at the Chandler Innovation Center in downtown Chandler, AZ. See below for more details:

Monday, April 30, 2018

Top Ten ways to keep your documentary interesting

The challenge:

My multimedia and film class was given the "Historic Stills" challenge. You can take any subject you  like as long as it has historical significance and you must visually depict your idea using still images. You can use motion and transitions on these images to tell your story as well as text, but no voice overs. Music and sound effects are allowed. Running time was 2-5 minutes and 8 facts must be covered during the presentation.

To help with the project, I did some research and came up with ten tips to keep your documentary interesting. Here it is:

  1. Tell a good story
    Progression / build to an interesting finale / don't lecture, entertain. Don't tell me something I already know. Use your words, pictures and audio to add emotion.Tell a story. Make a point. Stories are inherently power tools for making your ideas stick. Powerful stories are like duct tape for facts.

  2. Choose your audio wisely
    Let it help tell your story. Sound gives you at least 50% or more of your impact, heightens the moment and adds interest.
  1. POV
    Who is telling the story? What is your unique angle?
  1. Find the human angle
    Is there a obstacle / underdog / overcoming of the odds. Present a personal, critical perspective on some aspect of the human condition.
  1. Ask a question
    Sometimes the best way to start your project.
  1. Compare / contrast
    Take your subject and compare  / contrast against something similar.
  1. Use humor / element of surprise
    Is there something funny or unexpected with your story?
  1. Show rather than tell 
    A picture is worth a thousand words. Find ones that are the most effective.
  1. Use movement / transition
    To add impact,..motion = emotion.
  1. Size matters with graphics and text
    Use size to make a point.

    Want  more? Check out these two links:

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Concept Art News Links and More


Big kahuna of concept art news.


Interesting selection of movie / TV and gaming concept art.

A super cool site with tips, resources info, inspiration and more!


Art and news from current and past film / TV productions

One of the top Hollywood concept artists.

A great inspirational site for concept art and character design.
Create an account, do a simple search and save your pins.
You will be amazed.

Digital art techniques courtesy of ImagineFX