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Zine and Be Seen: Promoting Your Work Through Self-Publication

teacher avatar Grace Danico, Illustrator / Designer / Archivist

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Lessons in This Class

4 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Greetings & Welcome!

    • 2. Brainstorming

    • 3. Inspiration & Planning

    • 4. Making and Printing Your Zine

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About This Class

Zines are self-published printed works produced by creative people to convey ideas through words and images. Each one is unique in their content, printing, size and assembly, and offer an alternative way for creatives to promote their work. They’re also really fun to collect, share, and trade, not to mention a way to contribute to the bigger zine community. 

In this class, I will teach the basics of creating and publishing your own promotional zine. I will create a zine simultaneously with you so you will be able to see my process first hand.

What You'll Learn

  • Zine History, Inspiration, and Planning.¬†We will learn about zine history, finding inspiration, and how to plan your zine.¬†
  • Making and Promoting Your Zine.¬†We will create our zines and promote them.

What You'll Make
In this class, we will create a 12-page zine based on the subject matter of your choice. Below is an example from my very first zine, a tribute to my late Uncle Honesto. This zine was created through hand drawn techniques, put together through Adobe Photoshop and laid out in InDesign:

Who is this class for?
Artists, illustrators, designers, and anyone interested in self-publishing as a means for self-expression and to promote their work.

Meet Your Teacher

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Grace Danico

Illustrator / Designer / Archivist


Grace Danico specializes in art, illustration, design and animation.

Her work is a playful intersection of bold lines, imaginary characters, bright colors and lettering inspired by food, travel, plants, music and home life. She curated and wrote about illustration for the mid-century modern design blog Grain Edit, ran a pop-up restaurant, and graduated from Pratt Institute with a Masters in Library and Information Science.

She can often be found snacking, hunting for old books, playing her Casio keyboard and digging for records. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles as an archivist and freelance creative.

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1. Greetings & Welcome!: - Hi there. - My name is Grace Danic. - Oh, - and I am your instructor for the skill share class. - Seen and be seen. - The class that teaches you had to make a scene as well as promoted a little bit about - myself. - I am a freelance illustrator based out of Brooklyn. - I am the illustration editor for the design Blood Grain at it. - And I am also librarian and archivist. - So why teach this course? - I wanted to share my skills in end interests, - of course, - in zem making zem curating zine collecting and then preserving in this course I hope to - teach you of following a brief scene. - History had a narrow concept down for your zine planning using, - including choosing what type of paper size format printing, - etcetera, - how to make a scene and showing you my process in making one as well as a discussion of - other processes how to assemble a scene and finally had a promote using and connect with - others in the community. - So welcome to class. - And I hope you'll enjoy this course and let's have some fun 2. Brainstorming: in this little section, I'm going to talk about brainstorming and narrowing your focus. So typically, when I start making a zine, I always ask myself the question. What do I like? I also ask myself what we want that seem to be about. What do I want to communicate. And in doing all of this, I usually gather images of inspiration or just images of things that I like. For example, I love plants and I love flowers and music and records. Michael Jackson and birds. So many things Cats, illustration. Food, ice cream. There's so much toe like Rahman, and from there I try and answer those questions, and I first asked myself. So what I suggest to do in this area or section is to make a mind map or brainstorm some ideas that you have four using. So in this brainstorming session, I decided to create small little illustrations of what I like to dio or what I like, and from there I'm going to end up narrowing my focus. The key with preliminary Zied making, especially if you haven't started making, was never made one before, is narrowing your focus without having a focus using to be all over the place, and so that may work. For some, it's usually best to do something that's very narrow and focused and encompasses what you're passionate about. So as you can see, I happen to be passionate about Mandy plants, food books, cats, travel, music and from there. Based on this brainstorming exercise, I will eventually determine what I want to Focus magazine on. I actually have an art show coming up based on people and plants. So based on that, I chose to focus on plants, and I hope you confined your focus soon, too. 3. Inspiration & Planning: - inspiration and planning, - getting the ball rolling. - So before you make your zem, - you want to ask yourself a few questions. - One. - What sizes using Gonna Be? - Here's an example of one, - which is 1/2 page take a 8.5 by 5.5 inches, - and the scene is by Christopher Bedzyk, - and it's called Everything Is Infinite. - In this particular scene, - he uses a variety of paperweights and screen printed and plays are printed techniques. - He also includes cutouts, - which I haven't haven't included here, - but they look amazing, - and he also includes his information in the back. - There's a nice guy there, - too. - Next sizes. - 1/4 page, - which is half of a age in this scene, - is by Jay Bell, - and he uses a laser printer different entire zine, - and it's just printed on colored paper. - So the covers illustrated and the majority of the inside actually all of the inside is text - and photographs, - so he had a particularly out went within, - and it looks really cool. - He also includes a little thank you and his information on the back. - The next scene we're going to look at is a one pager which is my favorite, - where you cut it in the center and you fold it in a particular way. - So it has this effect, - so you have the opportunity to make six pages and the cover on back cover. - There, - you fold it like an accordion. - Almost. - So here's the cover page like you, - your illustration each 123 and 45 and six on the back cover. - Now, - this is my favorite part. - When you open it, - you can have a full spread, - so you could put a really huge image in there. - It's really need another question. - You want to ask yourself, - How many zines are you going to make if you make 100? - If so, - will you sell them? - What will you do with extras? - Another question. - How will you create using? - I've listed a few options in clearing photocopy ways. - Er letter, - press screen print Reza graph. - Finally, - how will you buying your zine how you put it together? - These are a few options, - including saddle stitch, - pamphlets, - stitched side stitch and stab bound. - So let's look at some examples things First example is by Jefferson Cheng called houses, - and it's 1/2 page scene that saddle stitch notice the staples and the scene was actually - created on a Reza graph printer. - So for those of you who aren't familiar with what Arreaza graph is, - it's a hybrid between a copy machine and screen printing where it burns a master. - So it's like a screen, - and you could use different colored drums to print, - um, - to pushing through. - So here, - oh, - notice that it's this is a centerfold. - So that's the middle of a scene. - Um, - here Jefferson uses two colors. - Spread the entire scene, - and it just shows girls. - And there are different homes doing domestic activities really fun, - simple and cute. - And he printed an addition of 200 included information on the back. - Next thing we're going to look at is an example of a one page scene. - It's a larger format, - so it's 11 by believe 16. - But it's by Ted Parker called Animal Kingdom, - and it has all these 40 people and animals doing really crazy things that maybe they - shouldn't be doing. - Or maybe they should be doing, - I don't know. - So he includes his information in the back, - and here's an example of how it's folded groups. - There it is. - You can see it's almost like an accordion. - And he could see both sides. - Now the phone parts coming up. - Here we go, - Tada. - A bear A big bear in the middle. - So definitely love this format. - So many options. - The next scene is an example of a stab bounds seen so its own with thread. - And I just wanted to show you what it looks like. - Just a Zarar friends, - in case he may be interested in that. - The next scene is damn fine Coffee. - A Twin Peaks tribute scene curated by Andrea Call flys with this scene, - she includes end papers. - So it said Chevron pattern and she also includes a bunch of artists to contribute - illustrations in the scene. - I'm actually have a page in there somewhere. - So when making using, - don't feel pressured to just work alone. - If you want to collaborate, - this is a perfect medium to collaborate on. - There's my illustration on the right And yeah, - you could include a bunch of different friends, - formats, - whatever you choose. - Um, - Z making is not an island. - I guess so. - Feel free to have fun and work with others. - What? - Making one too relaxing that I'm gonna show use issues. - Three Mascots by Hannah Caylee And like Jefferson's seen, - this scene is also printed on Arreaza graph, - but it has a lot of different colors, - so it's just showing another option. - And its very sophisticated. - Hannah is an amazing illustrator, - and she basically takes familiar brands that we know and kind of twist them, - which is really fun. - This next scene is by Rand Renfro, - and it's called P and P, - A k A. - Pots and plants. - So he actually used a screen printed cover for this, - and the inside is printed with the laser printer, - and it just shows you all the different still lives using different types of pots, - different types of plants, - two of my favorite subjects. - So we're riding the same wave length you, - but it's really simple, - very clean. - I'm just very nice to look at includes his information in the back. - Finally, - the last scene that we're gonna look at is Dozer Island, - which is a comic seen by Paul Windle. - So he also uses a screen printed cover, - and it just has is really beautiful narrative that he creates, - and he printed the inside also using a laser printer, - and it's just another way can express yourself. - You've seen some examples. - Now what? - It's your turn uploaded plan for using in the classroom and share it with the rest of us, - looking forward to seeing it. 4. Making and Printing Your Zine: - Let's do it. - Making a zine The materials that you'll need for this section are art supplies, - paper scanner, - computer, - photo shop and in design. - So here is a sped up process of my process. - Basically, - what I do when making a zine is I plan it out, - and that's what you'll be seeing here. - After planning, - I usually skin my drawings with my scanner, - and then I said it files in photo shop. - So here, - since I'm working on the friend of a household scene, - which is about plans, - I'm just drawing a bunch of different plants. - And this is a plan in preparation for a one page scene with a larger image in reverse. - So I'm just kind of sketching my ideas of what I wanted. - Teoh, - as you could see those individual portrait's of plants and then on the reverse will be a - larger scene with people and their plants exploring their relationships together. - So when setting up your files, - if you choose this particular method, - um, - you want to see your print resolution of 300 d. - P. - I and your color to see him like a And now I'm gonna look at in design so here is a - completed file of my layout in in design, - and I'm going to show you how to actually make one really quickly. - So you want to go to file and enter new documents, - And from there you wanna set the dimensions of your zine? - So here I'm putting my dimensions And for my purposes, - I wanted to set the margins to zero. - So I'll press OK, - and then from there and left with this blank can this, - And in order to get my images there, - have to go back to the file menu and select place. - From there, - I will select the image that I want to put on that page. - Have chosen one, - takes a little while. - That looks good. - And from there I basically place the image onto the page. - So it's not exactly where I want it. - So I have to drag it. - It looks pretty good. - And from there I decided, - Oh, - miss around, - let me show you how to put text on there. - So it's very simple to use in design and after some time playing around with it, - it gets easier. - I know. - When I first started using, - it wasn't really I didn't understand anything about it. - But after some practice, - um, - it just makes sense. - You know, - you're making a booklet, - so they're basically setting up the layup for how you want the booklet print and how you - want it to look. - So here added a title for my zine and showing you where you can place it and can manipulate - what how your page looks. - So in this instance, - the text is a little too big, - so I'm going to resize. - It would make it a little bit smaller there. - There we go. - It's now and next on genuine color from black to white, - because I think it looks much better on that's that. - So it's a bold, - bright cover that's very eye catching. - If I chose to make this my cover, - and from here I've added another page to a booklet, - and I'm gonna zoom out so you could see what it looks like. - And now I'm just going to talk about cover design. - As Faras covers, - you want to go with something that's bold and attractive, - or, - you know, - you can also go with something really simple, - but basically you want you're covered to communicate what's going on in this scene or, - you know, - you want it to look appealing because it's gonna be the first point of contact between your - reader and your zine. - So keep that in mind when making your cover. - And if you need any help or have any questions, - definitely ask. - I'm not gonna talk about printing. - So to print my zines, - I use my handy brother printer. - There he is. - And now I'm going to show you first how to put in design. - So you see all of the pages that I've scrolled proof you want to go to print, - book wet, - and from there, - this window will pop up and you have different options. - Were the booklet type and all of these other settings. - Now, - by selecting print booklet you this takes all of the guesswork out of figuring out which - page goes where and how will it match up when you print So here I selected two sided and I - have all of my settings down. - And from there, - once I press OK, - it'll print. - And this is what the result looks like. - As you can see, - everything looks pretty good. - Here's a cover of my zine and all the images correspond correctly to lay out. - And I'm planning on binding. - This bridge is using staples so simple saddle stage and that's that. - Next I'm going to show you something cool, - which is how to print using Adobe Acrobat. - So here I'm scrolling through my second zine, - which I made a few years ago called you and you can see that all the pages are in order - that I intended them to be. - Now, - the interesting part is when it comes to printing and it's similar to in design where you - select print and in this instance, - you So you want us like booklet printing. - And from there, - acrobat like in design will figure out how to match up your pages. - And now I'm gonna select two sided because amazing, - the laser duplex printer And from there else what? - Print and OK, - and it will show us what happens. - We'll show you the final result. - So here's a center full. - And here is the cover. - I notice that I chose to print recoveries and yellow paper. - And when printing, - if you decide to choose multiple colored papers, - we have to actually plan it out and organize your paper accordingly. - That way you could print multiple copies at once, - and here we are, - browsing through my zing, - just compiled a bunch of images and created a center pulled. - And when I actually release the scene, - I didn't actually use anything to bind it. - I just sent it as is, - and I also included a letter with my information and information about cuisine and have a - nice day, - of course, - and that's it. - Now it's your turn. - Make print and bind using than share the project with the cloth.