Comics, Sequential Drawing, and Storyboarding

Explore the potential of sequential storytelling as applied to a personal narrative. Students will be required to produce a 3-5 page comic book which relates to a personal experience, but can be re-imagined as science fiction, noir, gothic, superhero, horror, memoir or another genre. Students may also take a more straightforward approach if they choose. Class will focus on developing unique and personal means of expression as well as technique and appropriate style. Participation in class critiques and discussions will be an essential part of the class.

Students will tour the VCU Library’s Special Collection which houses one of the most extensive collections of all things comic related on the east coast, and an outing to Velocity Comics, one of the best comic book stores in the eastern U.S. Students will also be focusing on developing character model sheets for their main character(s), and environments for the main scenes of their stories which becomes preproduction concept work for their final comics.

Students will also spend some time developing realistic drawing skills based on observation, an essential skill necessary for creating a portfolio for college admissions. Through presentations and demos students will learn how to see by evaluating predictable patterns of light, and how to then process visual information in ways that aid image translation by the hand to two-dimensional surfaces. Students will keep a sketchbook for notes and will produce 3-5 large drawings.