For My W.O.W. Students
I also gave them a peek behind the curtain on how I do what I do. I showed them some rough sketches that helped me define (or in this particular case, re-define) what I wanted Johnny and Manuel to be.
I didn't really feel like I had a good grip on who the characters were until I did this sketch, though. This one helped me figure out what their personalities were and the sorts of stories I could tell with them:
"When you're trying to work out your own characters," I told them, "remember to stay loose! Loose as a goose!"
Finally, I felt good enough to do something a little tighter and defined, so I showed them a full-color shot of Johnny, from pencil concept to final art (this was also the piece of art I used to advertise my class).
It was time to do a quick story with my characters, so, loose as a goose, I roughed out my basic idea for the comic strip.
From there, I redrew the art using micron pens and markers.
Then some Photoshop color to finish it off!
We had a really great time together and I hope to do it again next year. The kids drew rough sketches of themselves, then exaggerated versions of themselves. Then, they created their own characters (and, in a few cases, settings and storylines) from scratch. Some really surprising young artists emerged in the group and I truly hope they stick with it.