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Create a Single Page Zine - Animal Study

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8 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. What Do We Need?

    • 3. All About Zines

    • 4. Planning Our Zine

    • 5. Sketching Our Zine

    • 6. Colouring Our Zine

    • 7. Finishing Off, Copying and Folding

    • 8. Conclusion

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About This Class

In this class we will make a single page zine to exhibit our art around a particular animal. I have chosen to use a chicken. 

We will have a lot of fun creating art that will become the pages of our zine. I cannot wait to see all your amazing creations!

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Hello, I'm Courtney.

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1. Class Introduction: Hi, I'm Courtney Mace. I'm a primary school teacher in a part time artist, and it is my passion in life to get my knowledge out of my brain into yours. I I've found the love cuisine many years ago where my friend gave me a book that had all different types of scenes in it. I've created lots of different types of Zain's using many different mediums chalk, pastors, squash, water, color inks. And I love making this so fun. And I've only sold a couple in my life. But you know, that doesn't matter. So join me for a great discovery on creating a zine on an animal study. My animal study will be chickens, and it's up to you whether you pick a different animal. You might choose to do an animal study on people human study able. So join me for some great fun and lots of money 2. What Do We Need?: Okay, so let's have a look at what you need to be able to do. Make our zine I've got I'm going to do mine on a three paper just because I can get so much more detail. And then when I print it, I can make it either a four or a three. I need a pencil. And, of course, with every pencil comes a robot on the shop. Now, of course, these, um, materials may very depending on what your budget is and what you want to create. If you're gonna paint yours papers, probably not. Great. You might try. You might decide to do on a campus that I know. I still I've done a wash one of these before and I did it a student it on paper. Well, I didn't do it on this paper, but I have thicker painting paper that I do it on. So I just have some white paper, white copy paper. You can't really say that on that. That's were doing up our work. I'm doing a mock one up, so we're nowhere and lay things out. But I'll explain that in the next. Listen, I just got a a book that I used to plan and do little thumb now sketches for my zines. That's just really helpful to use so that you know the direction you're going week, you'll using in a nutshell, and depending on what you're using. So today I'm using going to be using tor passed rules. So I've got my set off chalk pastel pencils here so you might choose to just do lead pencil or are you might choose to use colored pencils or you might use to paint. I have my video for my gosh zine I have on my YouTube channel. It's a sped up version, and you don't see me thinking it. But if you wanna have a look of that, you're more than welcome to. I'm using the pestle pencils instead of the pastel sticks because I want to get a lot more date. Oh, other than that, that's all you need, really, um, to be able to get started, So let's go to see you in the next lesson 3. All About Zines: what is a zine? So these are a couple of my zines. This is the scene you're going to watch me make today. So I might flick through it because I don't want to who? You're little taste there. I don't want to spoil it too much. Here is another scene of mine. It's basically a single page is just one type of zine is one single page that we have folded. Put a cut through the middle and I'll show you how to do that in a minute. Were folded it up and again, I'll show you the best way to fold it, which you could just kind of see And it makes a little scene so we'll have a little flick through this one. This is when I may, just where I thought I just wanted to practice making and drawing and designing grounds and settings for stories. So I decided to create these little houses for made up creatures and you could see of actually recent a little bit about the creatures said these ones were a SNI which is snail cross through the driving flight. This one this space little community here, this is called the fairy Chicken village on DSO It's fairies cross with chickens again. You can see I'm having a chicken. A bit of a chicken obsession at the moment. These are little Homex where the dragao That that's right, it's a dragon cross cow. And then you've got my back cover, which has thanks for reading with my Etsy shop. My instagram, um, on my today's one that we're going to create I've got my instagram in my YouTube I changed that up. It usually always put my instagram, but I put depending on what other social media I wanna put on I put on. So they created with a one single sheet. Now, commonly, they use an a four sheet of paper I've used in a three sheet of paper. I just like having more real estate toe work on, and I just think it's a really nice little size to have your little booklet. So a zine committee on any topic you like using any medium you like, As I said previously, in the what you need, you need whatever you want to use, basically. So this scene here I used wash to create these to click create these real flat colors and then I, you know, added extra layers to make it look bark like, you know so and then I also went around it with a posca paint paint pin, you know? So what's up to you? What you want to use on deny Also used a black gel pen, Teoh, right. My little stories about who lives there. And like I said in the previous video, I've used talk past ALS and some gua sh which you'll see in my later on some of the later lessons. So those are what the scene we are going to create today. Now I'm gonna show you how to do up. So I got my a four piece of paper and all I'm going to do is I'm going to be folding it in house. I'm actually going. I find it easier to fold it long ways first, so you just fold it long ways in half. Try to get it as close corner to corner as you can now raise. Why I'm showing you these is because thes hopes with the planning of as een, but make sure your folder as well as you can, you know, folded back on each other and things like that. I'm not going to worry about that here. Folded in half this way and then each each half, I'm going to fold in to the center so you can see that I have eight. Have eight squares for a top for at the bottom. It's been hard to see. Now what I need to do is any to fold it in half short waisted along. So you've got the fold along the short side, and one of them to do is I'm going to cut along this middle fold, but only to that final quarter fold through both sides. So I'm going to go from the folded side. So this is my folded edge here, and I'm going to cut this way. Okay, so I'm gonna cut along there now. I can't just a smidgen pass that just like 1/4 of any. Not even 1/4. An eighth of an inch, like not much at all. So I've got peace slit in the middle of my page. Okay, So I'm just gonna fold it in half, and you could see it almost makes a little bit of a a little bit of a math in the middle, so I keep squeezing it and then fold it so it doesn't really matter which way. I'm just gonna So I folded in Bring this one down and all I do is I just lay it down and give it a good press. Now it doesn't really matter which ones outfront Kaba, Um, at this point because this is our mocha. You could say he is my fault in my book. And now I can fold like this. Now, these are very cute, Zahra. Cute size, like the larger real estate. Now we just want to use is our mock up. This is gonna help us without drawing in the planning of out off magazine. We just need to label each page. So this is out front page, because remember, this is our phones. So he's out front, and then we have page 12 which is a double spread. We have 34 which is again a double spread. And I make sure I put the numbers in the middle so that I know which way's up, so I know. OK, well, if I can read three and four, that's up. And you have 56 And then, of course, you're back cover. So there you got as een front cover page 12 Look, 34 56 and the back cover. And when you unfold it, you will see what we need in order to create magazine. So you could see down here on my front page here back cover. And then we've got a double. We've got three double layouts. So you have layout page with pages one and two says one lap. Pages three and four, which is another double page and five and six. Now you can choose to address each one as a single page or a double our full layer. I've used them as a whole layout. So it technically speaking, I'm just doing 1 to 3 sections of art and then the front and back covers. Now, you can see that along this side to me right now is upside down. So why I need to make sure I address that when I'm creating. So I need to make sure I've got it this way when I'm creating all of these pages because all of these pages are facing May there up the right way front cover back color. But when I'm doing these, two need to remember to turn my page around. Otherwise, when I go to put it together, I put it together. I'll flip through ago. You want to? Oh, that's nice. But then 34 might be upside down, and there's not a lot you can do. I have fixed it previously. When I've stuffed that up in the past by literally, I literally just cut it. Cut that page out, turn it around and tape it back in. And I just tape it on the underside so that you can't see where have typed it. And then when you Friday copping it, you can't really say it anyway. Sorry. So that sound woke up that's going to help us while we're designing and creating as a and I can't wait to see you in the next. Listen where we plan out what we're doing 4. Planning Our Zine: we're going to start our plan now. Just this is just a plain lined notebook. It's not a sketchbook. It's just a plain lined notebook that I just kind of do all my plans. And then I just find, actually find the lines hope a little bit in terms of just can't getting things lined up. Now I'm just literally going Teoh sketch out h later. I know. I know I won't mind to be chickens because I'm having a bit of ah, she can chicken type obsession at the moment now, So I'm I'm kind of doing a lot off studies, animal studies with the chicken, and essentially, that's what this is saying will be so I got my four double page layouts. Okay, so now I'm gonna pop here. Okay, with this is my friend back. This is 123 56 Now, you know, I might scrap that'll together on redraw them, and that doesn't matter. And this is where the references coming because I'm doing in an animal study, so I need Teoh. So I've just I've got a board on Pinterest. Don't know if you can see that I Look, there's already a chicken up there. I've just got a board that I've created with chickens. So no go. Inspiration of settings and bunnies and cows and goats said I know where at the moment I'm having a bit of a farm animal type obsession. So I've got my chickens on. I love these kind of up up close. I don't know if you can see that. So I'm going to on my friends. I think I'm gonna point a chicken. Ah, full body chicken. So I think I'm gonna go, like, this whole really kind of stereotype type of rooster. So I know. And, you know, this is the thes air just for thumbnails. These are just for me to see How do I want a later and doesn't work? So these are not perfect drawings. These are like I said, some now sketches, So these are just playing, So I'm gonna put my chicken, but that don't wearing in a port. I think I'll just put the title he chickens on because the great thing about a thumb now is because it is so small. You can't get heaps tapes off data in there, so you don't end up worrying too much about it. Okay, so my back, I'm not too sure I'll do on the back. Tempted just to put a little just a little Bruce star silhouette. So this could do that. I'm actually label that. So I'm just going to continue sketching out the rest of my plan. Um, checking out my references as I go, seeing what I want to do. Thinking about composition as well. Remembering these are a double page spread. So, in a way, I could just a raise thes middle line and do one big chicken face if I wanted to. I'm just going to jump back on Pinterest. I I am thinking I might kind of do a largest largish picture in the middle with smaller chicken faces around it. So this is kind of one where the chicken is coming. Like that's the camera, which is a bit cool thinking you can't even tell. That's a chicken. Really? You look at that and you go sure does, and then I'm gonna do these guys had coming out Assad here. Well, these chickens to have as much personality as I can, I think this guy Have you seen something? Like what? Runway. Something like this got these along, Sodhi? I think I'm not even conduct maybe overlap them slightly. Now, I'm also going to simplify these chickens when I go to do the actual final pace. And I'm just kind of taking having a look at some of these backgrounds like him. What can I do? I could probably do be like, like, a fence. Maybe. I don't know. We'll see how I go. I don't know if I will need At the end of the day, this is going to be more of a chicken study than Ah, whole sane. So I'm just gonna keep going. Say what other chickens? This guy he are. I don't know if you can see that. That's to be my favorite kind of based one of my paintings. My oil paintings on human recently looks nothing like naturally because I put Myron stall and on it. So I'm just gonna punk him right in the middle here. And I think that might kind of be a good thing. A good way to make mining more cohesive because that's one thing you want to do. You want to make it cohesive. You don't it to just look like a bunch. A bunch of random pictures that you have just plunked together. Um, I'm not. See, I actually really like this guy so much that I think I think he deserves his own double spread like something like that on the Zion spread. Maybe I even I have two guys looking in at him. Maybe I'm just getting I'm going to see how I go. I'm just thesis guy with his head slightly tilted, like that whole life. What on us, man like that. And like I said, these air super rough sketches. So it's literally a triangle for the beak and then just, you know, mucking around with playing with just really rough sketches. And I just and these other guy, I think I'm just gonna be, like, shouting and easy. Oh, that's really sweet. There's a really sweet picture just found and it's a mama chicken on above a chicken. I think I'm gonna have to put that in here. Actually, this this one might deserve It's on page. I'm thinking so I might leave this one further that way and have the mum on the bubble chicken. And I'm because I'm not entirely sure what I just really kind of looks a little bit like Godzilla. I'm actually gonna write their mama and Baba. You have to be really careful when using references. You don't want to just copy it exactly. Um and this is what I find is really good with planning it because you're kind of sketching and going well, okay, that doesn't work too well for me. I'm gonna change it slightly. And of course, naturally you naturally put your own style on things anyway. So but just be wary. Don't copy it exactly, because it's not your photos. Not your your intellectual pop property, your creative property. But however, if you're just using it just for inspiration and for me getting proportion and getting making sure the details are correct on and in the right spot and things like that, then it's OK, so just be very, very careful. All right. Whoa. I think I'm ready to start sketching my scene. I'll see in the next lesson 5. Sketching Our Zine: Okay, so I'm going to rule up my a three piece Baker could just fold this. It would be a lot quicker, but I find it a lot easier to work on when it's dead flat on. Also, this one is I'm not actually gonna fall dispersion. I'm going to be folding the photocopied version, the's versions going to stay flat like this. It's about 420 millimeters long thes page with easier 420 millimeters long, so I know I need to divide it into four sections Now. I've done these a few times, so I know that it's 105 mil for each section. Now if you're in America and you don't use millimeters and said Mate is and things like that. But 105 is about a bit a little bit short of them foreign 1/4. You could probably be a lot more precise or if you just wanted to ran it off before, I'm sure you could trim a little bit off the edge on usually. That's if I wanted a A specific size page usually goes a little bit smaller than 105 mills because that way I can just trim the excess off as opposed to not having enough page and having my last section being too short. But I don't need to worry about that. So I am just going to rule up. I'm just going Teoh Now, I just spent this up because it was crazy boring watching me rule up 105 millimeters along the top and bottom. So I just thought I'd pop in to say This is not how fast I work normally, but I didn't want a boy. No, I'm only gonna do these lines really lightly because I want to rub them out. I don't know if I'm gonna put much of a background dean with my chickens. I didn't I didn't plan any backgrounds, so I want to do them as Lotta's I can so that I can rub them out really easily so they don't come out in the final copy. So along the sides, I'm measuring 14.8 centimeters, which is roughly about half way through these page with my lines. I try not to make them permanent in my final copy, so I won't Actually, I don't actually think these lines in so that if I'm just a little bit off, it won't matter. This is because you won't be able to see them in the final copy. So that's my my layout. Now, I can quickly sketch in. I can quickly. Right in which pages? So I can go? Well, I know this is my back page, and I'm just gonna go. I'm just gonna right a little b in the corner. So enough back and it's super light. And then I'm gonna put a little if from and then one, Hmm? Leave my page around three. Hi, six. Now you can't see them because I've done them really swarm really lightly so that I can really easily rob them off. Now, of course, if you're planning to put page numbers on you could straight away inclement if you wanted to or draw them, Yunel, sketch them in or whatever. You could design your six straight away. Okay? So you can see I've started drawing here. Just started lightly sketching in starting with some of the basic shapes off my chickens and then adding the details in. Now I know what said there's quite a few times, but I am really sketching he really lightly. I don't want those big, thick, heavy pencil lines to come through when I'm putting on down my color, and in the next lesson, you'll see that I use from top person. I'll give you some tips about using talk past ALS, but it you know it's the same whether you're using Gua shore, acrylic or watercolor, especially watercolor. You know you don't want to see those harsh pencil lines and list. That's your style. If that's your style, go for it. Do it. Ah, but I find this in my drawings. I don't like how that looks. If I wanted the lines to show through, I'd probably use a colored pencil. So using like a purple or pink and then having those colors shine, not shine. But show through in your final drawing can be quite interesting. Ah, and I do really like that, but there's not too much more I need to say about my drawing. I am using some references, but I am putting my own style on it, So if you put my dark next to the Fire Dairy, you wouldn't be able to tell. I even used that further So that's my sketching, my zine. I look forward to seeing them in less than five, where we get to put some color down. Woo love putting the color down by 6. Colouring Our Zine: Welcome back to lesson five way are going to be coloring Al Zine Now, of course, this this stage of the process will differ for a lot of you guys. Some of you might choose to do the same type of coloring as me. As you can see, I'm using talk past ALS for my peace. Um, I love my chalk pencils. There are some rules that I follow, which I'm finding. I use those same rules for every piece of artwork. Doesn't matter what medium I use, So I'm just going to go through that. This isn't a talk, pastoral tutorial, but I'm going to go through some of the rules, and I think they apply. I used the same rules with Marg Wash with my watercolor. You know, it doesn't matter what I do a follow these same rules. So you could say I'm starting with a really light layer to begin with and then building up layers So it doesn't matter what art I ever do. I always make sure I add layers. So you say right now I'm doing a really light first layer. Then I'm building up on building up colors and I never use just a plain flat color. A add colors, mixed colors for my shadows. You'll see me in a minute. I'll pick up a blue pencil so shadows are always cooler. So why have used a cool blue pencil or, as opposed to a warm blue? Um, so it's actually I think it's Prussian blue that I use there. So all of my shadows I've added this blue color, and it just adds that depth of color, too. It's not just black on, and it looks so much more natural. So much Mawr Realtor life. Not that I'm a realist, roaring but realistic during but draw. But that's what I do. And for my highlights and whether lightly is actually hitting, I use a warmer color so you can see underneath it's B. I have used some yellow and orange in the red there, so it's not just pure red. I've used yellow and orange in there, and it looks so much better. Of course, I've still used white, and you can see a use white the whole way through. They often use white to blend my colors. I don't use a blender. I use what to blend them and to give them a smooth, radiant, um, except for in my shadowy areas. And then I use whatever is my lightest color to blend those colors. So those are my rules. Now, as you can see as I go along, creating my chickens coloring my chickens, I the background is very stock, and I wasn't a fan of it. You know, you had these quite big, imposing chickens, which was so fantastic. But then there's really white background. And for anyone he's used talk Passel before it got a bit grimy. It got a bit dirty because of the leftover chalk dust and things like that. So I actually got my gua shout, and I just laid a really flat tire in of color in the background of I used contrasting colors in the backgrounds of each of my chicken. So you can see here. I've just grabbed a really pale blue. I don't want it to compete with my main image. I just wanted to fill in now, and I've left a little bit in the corner cause I'm gonna do, um, a little top of a chicken there, Um, so you can see just gonna feel that in and later on, I'm gonna add even more to that eso. I'll show you that in another Listen, but I'm just adding a real flat color gets rid of the grimy nous of the why it was really dirty. So I thought at the blue, in a way, I go for the rest of this video. I am just coloring in the rest of my picture, so I'm going to put some music with it. If you want to keep watching and see me coloring and how my zine turns out, you'll see it in the in the next episode. Anyway, you're more than welcome to stay and watch. Otherwise, feel free to jump onto the next lesson where we have a look at adding some final touches and finishing it up. Okay, see you next. Listen, E o 7. Finishing Off, Copying and Folding: So in this lesson, we're just going to be putting the final touches on to a zine and further cooking it and finishing up folding it and turning it into a scene. So you could say, I'm just going through now and I'm popping in the heading. I'm keeping it simple, my zines about chickens. So my title is going to be chickens. Make sure I've got my name now on the back of hyping that possibly it might be able to sell a couple of copies of these are just popped on my instagram handle and popped on my YouTube How to find me Now I felt that the backgrounds were just a little plane, so I thought I would just add some chicken fax. There are some pretty cool cheek infects, actually about them having three eyelids and that well, I'm doubles on, you know, Omnivores. Because when I was at school, I actually used to feed the chickens, the hand and, unfortunately, the chickens, the chicken that I had on my sandwiches and they used to eat them. That's pretty cool. There they can taste saltiness, but not sweetness or bitterness. I think that was it. So they can taste saltiness. It's a bit strange, but and about how they choose their mates and things like that. So you might choose to add these you might choose not to. You might want to sleeve it as the pictures because I put that solid color in the background. I felt it just looked a little stock. This here is my printer of choice. Now I can't afford a more expensive princess. Said this. Full my my budget is the perfect printer. It's scans imprints a three. So I've got my A three paper in the back feeder, and I can scan and directly Prince a three. So I'm just gonna put my zine on the flat bid. Okay, now, if I wanted to get technical, I could scan it into my computer. I could make adjustments to color and things like that, but today I'm keeping it simple, so I'm literally going to print a copy off my zine. So making sure got a decent I've got actual size for it. Are my printer doesn't do borderless printing low, so you'll see when it comes through. There will be a border just a white border, and I've kind of learned. I don't cut that border off because it can't ask you if SMI zien So here's my original Zane and here is my copy. The colors are a little bit darker and you can see, especially with the purple, but it's put enough for me. It's pretty close now. Of course. I have previously gone to printing centres like office works here in Australia or any other those top places that do the laser photocopying. It's great, they're good. If you would like to use that, go for it. You know you'll get a much more professional look, but I think this actually looks pretty good. So what we're going to do to fold it is very similar to how we originally folded it. L markup. So I'm just going to get it just all my folds first. Now I've just got a bone score. He just to really make sure those creases are good, they are really creased to the point where I would not so much this fold, but my other folds. I'm actually going to fold one way and then fold the other so running up those corners, trying not to crease u z so I'm actually gonna hold it back as well. Then we're folding it in half again. The more creased you make your creases, the easier it is in the smoother it will be when you put it together Finally now I just fold mine in half again So I kind of got ah, half and half my a three heat So I've got my middle fold He all I'm going to do is I'm actually going to cut along there just like how we did. And I'm gonna do it. Try to do it completely as I can cut along there to that final quarter. I just go past a a smidgen just because that does actually help when you're folding it So you could see I've got my fold along every single page. So I've got my three faults going vertically and my one her central. Okay, so folding it in half and you just give it a bit of a squeeze so that the two points in the middle go outwards, OK, until those touch each other. Now, of course, you need to make sure you've nowhere you recoveries. Here's my cover. He so I make sure that these damn woods. And just as I do it, I just keep making sure those folds are really nicely folded. Because if you don't do that, what will happen is your zine just not sit nicely. Now, off course I have finished now, as you can see, I do have my Weitz border does bother me a little bit, but I'm not too worried about it because I have previously in the past cut them off. But it kind of changes where your centerfold goes, so let's have a quick flick through mine. Chicken page one and two chickens are Omnivores. There's that fact are selling about Chicken Heart Bates from 220 to 2 or 360 times a second . I'm not going to lie to you. I am really happy with how my zine turned out. Now could you see? Because my folds are really folded that it just turned so well I didn't have to re fold anything in order to get it to flick. Now, of course, you can put some glue on the inside here and have it so that it glues down or what you could do if you want to go one step further is actually have Mawr artwork there. So with you actually stick it in or whether you I decided to just do a double A for some people do it so that there's a poster on the inside. So when you unfold that there's a big post stock, so it's up to you whether you want to do a double side to a poster on this side or whether you I want to do it so that he turned. Actually, that might be a really cool class to do a bit of an interactive zing so that you can actually will flick it up. And there's another picture in there. My zine is done. I really cannot wait to see your zines. If you'd like to do a zine swap with me, please let me know, because that would be awesome. And that's how you can start easing 8. Conclusion: way have finished out. I have loved every minute off the creation process. And I'm really hoping you have a two. Please share with me Your zines in the project page. I would love to see all of your zines. I'd love to see your different ideas And you're different takes And hey, I might be able to learn a little something from you. So get making you zines. Go out, sell them and create them And don't forget to share.