An activity I do in my introductory Making Comics course: Make a short autobiographical comic by using at least three instances where you directly reference the style from 3 different artists (comics or related) that you admire or were influenced by as a way to tell your narrative. Play with it, see if it gives you any ideas about your own drawing process, your style, composition ideas. It’s a chance to learn a bit about your own comics making by adopting the look of others. See my example “bi(bli)ography” and R.Sikoryak’s “iTunes Terms & Conditions” adaptation – all of which i linked to below… Have fun with it!
- READ (or at least skim): my comic “bi(bli)ography http://spinweaveandcut.com/bibliography-final-version/
- READ pages from R Sikoryak’s Masterpiece Comics
- READ: about R Sikoryak’s iTunes Terms & Conditions adaptation https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/terms-and-conditions
- READ some pages from Sikoryak’s Terms & Conditions by scrolling here: https://itunestandc.tumblr.com
- READ (or at least look at): my comic “A Life in Comics” http://spinweaveandcut.com/greene-anthropocene/
- Comics theorist Neil Cohn’s twitter thread on the importance of copying to learn to draw!
Here is a PDF with some Student examples