SY 2012-2013 1st Semester Lesson 13: Movement 2 – Comics Layouting

Slides: 2012-2013 G10 L13: Movement 2 – Comics Layouting

Xavier School  |  Grade 10  |  by Josiah Gosingtian

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This was my last lesson for my sophomores; I’m glad I had enough time to make it fit.  We weren’t able to tackle Photoshop, but even if we did have the time, the license / software hadn’t arrived.

We started out with creating a sense of movement in a single page, then to movement through a narrative.  Here, we create a series of images to show the illusion of movement through time.  I’ve included in the slides the parts that I demonstrated live (like part 2.5 in the file).  They were made to choose parts of the stories they wrote during the previous lesson (Movement 1.5 – Narrative Structure), and were then asked to figure out which scenes were more important.  They had one meeting to make sketches and plan their layout, and another to finalize their drawing.

In hindsight, this could have been a major assessment, as all of the previous lessons could be applied here.  It was a bit too tight schedule-wise, though, and I would not have been able to warn my students early.  If you would like to try the activity, check out the selection of work here, then select parts of a story you like (say, #s 3-6 of the 2nd story), decide which scenes are more important than the others, and create your layout.  🙂

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SY 2012-2013 1st Semester Lesson 6: Tints, Tones, and Shades + Balance, the Rule of Thirds

Slides: 2012-2013 G10 L6: Tints, Tones, and Shades + Balance, the Rule of Thirds

Xavier School  |  Grade 10  |  by Josiah Gosingtian

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Applying the Rule of Thirds lets you create more interesting layouts, versus the regular center-oriented layout.

One thing to remember is that we’re naturally drawn to human faces.  We tend to look where their eyes are pointed towards, and if you combine this concept with the Rule of Thirds, you can create well-composed and unified images involving, well, things with faces.

When using the Rule of Thirds, balance doesn’t need to be strictly followed.  I only included it here so that I could teach as much as I can within the limited time I’ve been given with these sophomores…  You learn the rules to break them, eh?

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