Upcoming dates, locations, and the Graphic Novel Mixed Media Project


Hello! I just wanted to let you know that there are more sessions added to the Calendar button and the next session is this coming Friday, June 6, from 9-10 am at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in Ames Iowa. There is a new project starting this Friday but of course you may always work on your own thing. Remember to bring your insect repellant, it’s starting to get buggy outside!

The new project will be a single page artwork depicting a modern scene or element shown in the style of your favorite graphic novel. The finished artwork will be mixed media so you have a lot of room to work with the media that you like. The session for this coming Friday is just to research the style that you like and study how the artist treats line weight, colors, maybe action scenes, captions, you name it. As for the modern part, I thought it would be interesting to comment on what is happening around us, right now through this art piece. After all, some of the most powerful and hauntingly unforgettable artworks have strong messages from the artist to the viewer. Keep in mind to include something the viewer will recognize as being very 2014 or near to it!

The best way to start with this is to do some brainstorming! What are you most drawn to right now in June of 2014 and how can you incorporate this into a graphic novel style?

Last week I just discovered a book that’s about the Nell Brinkley girls and I’m going to incorporate her style from around 1910-1920.

This project will cover 3 sessions: June 6, June 13, and June 15. In the middle, on June 14 there will be a En Plein Air session in Des Moines at Gray’s Lake Park from 11am-12pm. (cancel if rain) For the en plein air session at Gray’s Lake Park, bring whatever medium you would like to work with. I may simply sketch in my sketchbook or I may be drawing on Bristol board paper. Also remember to bring your own seating to any session and anything else you may need.

Thanks and keep your eyes peeled for the drawn pattern project results. It should be posted by tomorrow.

All the best,

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