Posts tagged illustration
Posts tagged illustration
Me being the teenager I am, I like to read books that I can relate to. “Surviving High School” by M. Doty, published by Poppy, is so relevant to my daily issues that I can really connect to it. It inspires me to add my own ‘2 cents’ to its pages, so I’ve started to illustrate some of the pages myself. I am not in any way a professional — I still have much to learn in art and drawing.
I just thought I’d share some of my work to the ones who are interested, I highly appreciate constructive criticism to learn from or positive feedback. (:
Very excited to see bits of this project posted! If this student made a graphic novel of these ideas, I would pick up a copy in a heartbeat. Maybe you can continue to illustrate, including your own experiences, and publish some original work for students everywhere!
Reblogging to bring attention to some more students on Tumblr!
This is some of the concept art that she’s finished, although she’s decided to go with a modern and not retro look so the clothes will change. The first book that will go out will be My Dad Can Fight Dragons, which is a really sweet tall tale borne from the fact that Miki is the only student in her class that lives only with her dad, and no Mom or siblings. Clearly, she explains to the class, her dad is so cool that it doesn’t matter.
The book isn’t finished yet, but that friend and I and two other artists have officially put up our studio tumblr page. It isn’t much, and it’s definitely not our day jobs, but it’s coming along and is very exciting and I thought I would share it with you.
The studio will cover a variety of topics and mediums, not all of which are geared toward kids (my current writing/graphic novel falls under the main line and includes teen/young adult issues that probably shouldn’t make it lower than high school), but we also have Pea Pod Press, which is specifically geared towards an generally Elementary audience and happens to involve people who are always ready to listen to what teachers think could be useful to students in and out of their classrooms. Colleen, the main Pea Pod Press gal who is also the writer and illustrator of the forthcoming Miki and Sir series (Miki is pictured above and Sir fights dragons) is particularly interested in making the books and characters as interactive as possible, including doing pen-pal projects from either herself or Miki with classrooms.
For the second year in a row, I had the honour of creating the poster for the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.
Awarded by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, the scholarship gives $5000 to a promising student cartoonist every year. The scholarship is open to any student in the US, Canada and Mexico, and you do not need to be an art student.
More information is available at the NCSF website, and I encourage all students with cartooning in their blood to apply.
You can see the poster I did for last year’s scholarship.
EDIT: Here’s a high-res printable PDF of this year’s poster if you want to print it out for your school or comic shop.
I took cards back to the after school program with me from New York Comic Con advertising this scholarship. My students were too young for it, but they were amazed that something they loved to do in their spare time (that some of them were made fun of for on occasion) could earn them scholarship money.
Show this to your students. You never know who might secretly be making comics about your class in the backs of their notebooks during study period. And even if they’re not in the right age group to earn a scholarship, it will give a whole new validation (and maybe help their motivation) to a worthwhile hobby.
Too often we assume that that the only way to explain complicated concepts in science is to use words. And then we take those words and we add more words, occasionally putting tiny, boring pictures next to them to break up the text into easily digestible chunks.
That’s not very exciting to most people, even me, a professional scientist.
That’s why this feature on the language of smell by Perrin Ireland is so much fun. Perrin is an illustrator who recently has been turning lectures into illustrated lessons. It’s a really fun change of pace from the “normal” way we learn science, and you should check out the whole lesson on smell. If only my textbooks had been like this …
(I am trying to get Perrin to set up a Tumblr, cross your fingers!)
…this makes me want to go back to comicking so badly. I was going to be doing miniature comic cookbook pamphlets, but maybe I ought to do some lesson-related comics just to get warmed up. What subject to start with….