A missive from your cousin, SZ.
Finished drawing my Big Comic
Finished writing my next Big Comic
Two surprise last minute job interviews
Might just have to leak this sucker tomorrow cuz clearly I am on fiyaaaa
Today we drew with a Uniball pen, inking in non photo blue pencil lines, maybe making a kind of mark you are not used to and thus do not dig.
So what if you try hanging out with this new weird kid for awhile longer before you decide you never want to sit by him again. And what if you remember to always have a pad of several sheets of paper underneath the page you’re working on?
This video wasn’t drawn with a Uniball pen but it’s simple line, still shots, and I think I’ve watched it 500 times. For fun.
Little comics everywhere
An anatomy teacher holding a skull and talking to students.
Sketch from f.2v of MS A.19, a 15th-century Flemish copy of Jan Yperman’s Cyrurgie.
This is slightly terrifying.
Extra credit: press play and watch over the last flame in hell.
Do a drawing or a series of drawings from this video. 30 minutes minimum. Feel free to straight up copy the frames.
Bud Fisher Film Corporation. The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff. 1930.
Extra credit 30 minute drawing.
Draw your frame, set a timer for 5 minutes and draw this out in non-photo blue pencil.
Ink/shade/ color it in as you wish for 35 minutes. Flair, Uniball, Chinese Ink, watercolor, color pencil, collage, lentils and Elmer’s glue, anything in this world but Micron.
Who just put this song on the jukebox and dedicated it to Y-O-U?
Your composition notebook.
Sing it back!
Bootsy’s Rubber Band - Can’t Stay Away
Are these good drawings or bad drawings?
Black Hawk Ledger (Sans Arc Lakota), Thunder Deities, Paper, ink and pencil [Plates 3 & 4]; ca. 1880-1881.
Fold a sheet of paper into quarters. Draw your frames
Set a timer for 2 minutes and
Get ready to draw Gary:Getting down to business” (see above) in non-photo blue
Frane 2: What might Gary do next as he gets down to business?
Frame 3: Followed by…???
Frame: 4: Concluding with…??
Ink in at your leisure.
Assume the position.
I want to post this again because I love it so.Remember when we folded a piece paper into quarters and had just two minutes do do a non photo blue round robin drawing of Batman in various situations like he just standing somewhere specific or no he is vomiting, now despondent now screaming. Pass it one more time to your neighbor and receive a page from your other neighbor.. So now you have a piece of paper with four drawings of Batman you had nothing to do with. And your assignment is to ink those four drawings in. And when we put them all up we see how the inker has very strong voice that connects all four drawings.
O! My “Making Comics” class!
I could watch this over and over and over.
THE RETURN OF PROFESSOR CHEWBACCA!
Dearest Making Comics Class, Spring 2014,
I cried hard when I saw us all together again in this video and I want you to know I miss you and I thank you for the kind words.
Sending my love,
Professor Chewbacca now Bootsy (but forever Chewbacca to only you.)
Little comics everwhere
For the past few years, medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel has been pouring through some of the world’s oldest books and manuscripts at Leiden University, The Netherlands, as part of his ongoing research on pen trials. Pen trials are the small sketches, doodles, and practice strokes a medieval scribe would make while testing the ink flow of a pen or quill. They usually involve funny faces, letter strokes, random lines, or geometric shapes and generally appear in the back of the book where there was generally some blank space. Kwakkel shares via email:
From a book historical perspective pen trials are interesting because a scribe tends to write them in his native hand. Sometimes, when they moved to a different writing culture (another country or religious house) they adapted their writing style accordingly when copying real text—books. The trials, however, are done in the style of the region they were trained in, meaning the individuals give some information about themselves away.
In some sense, these sketches are like fingerprints or signatures, little clues that reveal a bit about these long forgotten scribes who copied texts but who had no real opportunity to express themselves while working. Including additional sketches or even initials in these books was often forbidden.