I can't believe it is already that time of the term! My Drawing 2 students have been asking about this unit since we started class back in August. They are pretty excited to get started! We spend the first day talking about comics, the history and the elements used to create a comic (or graphic novel). I have students examine different graphic novels looking for elements discussed in Making Comics by Scott McCloud. It is a great book if you are looking to incorporate comics into your classes. I then have the students work through several drawing exercises to loosen up a bit. I find that some students are really into this unit while others can be very hesitant. Working through the basics helps those students open up. Eventually, we will take these to the computer lab and edited them in Photoshop. This is a project that takes several weeks, usually around five. Stay tuned! I will keep posting as the students progress through the project.
A student working on preliminary drawings.