2021_2 | Craft Studios

C6. Panel by Panel

Ben Juers

 

Studio Inquiry

This studio explores the fundamentals of sequential art and graphic storytelling, with a focus on comics, storyboards and infographics. It is aimed at people interested in cartooning, animation, graphic novels, illustrated books, graphic recording and other mediums that use a combination of images and text in sequence, and in applying techniques from those forms in other areas of communication design.
Engagement
You will research histories of sequential art in a global context, including (but not limited to) bandes dessine, manga, graphic novels, mini-comics, graphic journalism and webcomics. This will familiarise you with the visual and material vocabularies specific to certain genres, cultures and mediums within sequential art. You will also explore and incorporate material and compositional techniques from adjacent fields such as photography, filmmaking, poster design and animation. Your SKO project will be a graphic journal in which you have recorded and reflected on your research.
Communication of knowledge
Sequential art is unique in the freedoms it gives an audience: to build their own visual hierarchy, fill in the gaps that make the sequence cohesive, and determine their own timing. This studio will focus on the ways you can experiment with these unique properties, while at the same time designing for clarity and accessibility, not just for the 'comics-literate'.
Activities
Throughout the semester you will make a series of sequential artworks using different methods, including montage, abstraction, collage, visual metaphor, appropriation, data visualisation, parataxis, and wordless comics. You will learn to compose sequences that cohere both as a whole and in segments, using grids, freeform layouts and other formats. Through these experiments, you will also aim to find a material approach that best suits your skillset.
Assessments
There are three assessment tasks for this studio, which complement each other in form and function.
Brief 1: Digital infographic
Brief 2: Printed comic / graphic narrative
Brief 3: Graphic Journal
Pre-Reading
Scott McCloud, "Understanding Comics".

Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik, "How to Read Nancy" -
http://www.laffpix.com/howtoreadnancy.pdf
Studio Partner
N/A
Communities of Practice
Designing through Image, Designing Publications
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