Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Storytelling Books 1st Semester: Ring around the Rosie/ Pagliacci

So... 10th grade was a great introduction year for me. I was taught figurative drawing lessons from Phil Jimenez of Crisis on Infinite Earths fame, penciling and inking by cartooning great Nick Bertozzi and learned the art of bookbinding from TIME Magazine published Francis Jetter. The following books are from my first semester of Storytelling with Jetter. At first I was uncomfortable in the class because it was geared more towards illustrators than cartoonists like myself. But after the first project, it was smooth sailing! The project was to take a well known poem and convert it into a folded illustration book. I chose Ring around the Rosie, and told the origins of the poem (The Black Plague) through the art.

After the success of the first book, I felt pretty confident on moving on to the next project. The project asked us to illustrate a famous story and bind it using the Japanese bookbinding technique. I chose the story of Pagliacci, an opera following the love triangle between the clown Canio, his wife Nedda, and her lover Silvio. As I illustrated the pages, I started to get bored with the art. Thats when I made the haphazard idea to make it into a pop-up book... and it actually worked! Sometimes the best ideas come at the last minute!

Monday, January 4, 2010

First Post! + SVA Questionnaire 2009

So... this is my first post! I don't have much, but over the next few days I hope to add a bunch of my past art, as well as a few things that I'm currently working on. Who knows? Maybe I'll find the time to tell you a bit about my experiences here in the City as well! But until then, please enjoy this mini-comic I did earlier last year for a Cartooning class. We just had to answer a few questions in comic form; since I felt kinda awkward answering some of them, I decided to use humor (or what little I could muster) to complete the project. It was pretty simple because I used a template and traced for all of the shots of myself, changing expressions here and there. Anyone can do it, really! Without further ado, I present my SVA Questionnaire 2009. Enjoy!