The Art of Visual Storytelling: How Comics Work | Learn with Smithsonian | Phil Jimenez & The Smithsonian Team | Skillshare

The Art of Visual Storytelling: How Comics Work | Learn with Smithsonian

Phil Jimenez & The Smithsonian Team

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7 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:26
    • 2. What Makes a Great Story

      6:18
    • 3. Reference

      3:46
    • 4. Drawing

      6:07
    • 5. Visual Storytelling Tactics

      8:42
    • 6. Alternate Script: Drawing

      1:40
    • 7. Conclusion

      1:12
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Project Description

ASSIGNMENT

Illustrate a comic page!

Download the class sample script, or browse the class resources to download an alternate script that strikes your interest. Read it carefully (remember, that's the key to understanding your narrative), then draw your own comic book page. As you sketch your drawing, consider:

  • What reference images will be useful?
  • What is your page size, and how can you divide it effectively, guiding viewers' eyes to the most important parts of your story?
  • How can your illustrations pop beyond the panels?
  • What will the different "camera angles" convey in your work?

For this assignment, we recommend keeping your work in black and white, just as Phil has done in the lessons. We can't wait to see your drawings!

  

SHARE

All students are encouraged to share inspiration images, their sketches, and their final work in the class project space — and to offer each other feedback! This is an exciting opportunity to create a vibrant visual storytelling community, and we can't wait to learn from each other.

    

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Sample Images by Phil Jimenez

  

RESOURCES

Scripts

Drawing and Reference

Storytelling

Phil Jimenez

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