So, Assignment #2 was to produce three one-panel comics. Brunetti said you need not make with the funny, but I decided that when that gets said it is more to avoid the sad and uncomfortable experience of seeing a whole bunch of really unfunny comics by people who are, tragically, also unfunny. Going against Brunetti's recommendation of following this course in order, I wound up doing these sometime after doing the Week Five exercises...and I think the Brunetti HAW! influence really overwhelms me at the moment. Something about those little rounded headed cuties makes things really fast, easy, fun to draw, and reduce the number of decision you have to make.
#1. I am pretty sure this one sprang to mind while I sipped upon a fast food cup filled with Cherry Coke from the local Red Dog Diner on the bus going to my Thursday night class.
#2. God, should I even admit to thinking up and drawing this? I think this one came to me during that same Thursday night evening class...
#3. I really liked drawing those hoboes the first time, and start thinking about 'dog humour'* things to draw. That building panel inset was just me thinking through clarity/detail, I liked how it looked, so kept it in here.
Well, onto Week Three: Four-Panel Strip.
Exercise 3.1 is a variation on the previous exercise. On index cards, do 12 drawings (as you've seen before, I kind of whip these off, still under the influence of the 5-10 second drawing) of...
A) "The beginning of the world;
-There's me, God, creating my cartoon world...
B) the end of the world;
-...and my cartoon world doing itself in. Little turds.
C) full body self-portrait;
-Yeah, that's me alright.
D) something from lunch-time, or breakfast;
-The morning before I was drawing all this, I went to the grocery store near my house to get some cold medicine and as I was driving out, these two hoodlum corner kids on bikes were riding around pointing cap guns as cars and firing. Pretty awesome, I thought.
E) image from recent dream;
-Up until I was drawing again, I couldn't remember any of my dreams...so a big ol' murky blackness.
F) something from the middle of the world's existence;
-There's the cliche....
G) what happened right after F;
-...aaaand, slightly less cliche? What about all those failed fish-men who didn't cut it?
H) something from early this morning;
-God I was sick when I was drawing these...
I) something that has yet to happen;
-Jarrett Duncan, Jet Pack Bank Robber Of The 21st Century.
J) from anything above, what happened immediately after;
-Really, what would happen...
K) a 'riff' on J;
-I think I was drawing on my memory of Jimmy Corrigan's superhero dad falling to his death...
L) and something completely unrelated to the rest."
-earlier in the day, Shanell had showed me this photograph as I was talking about how much I wanted copies of Daniel Raeburn's THE IMP magazine.
So, after all that...create a 4 panel strip. I think a few days before doing this assignment, I had just been looking at "Reset"...and wound up with the combination of A, F, G, E. What were YOUR combinations?
Exercise 3.2 is a continuation of 2.3, with the ten or a dozen objects we 'brought to class' to discuss...which I decided not to do! I have had my fair share of intro studio classes in the Fine Arts department along these sames lines to do me a lifetime, and appreciate and understand the concept behind it....but yeah, I'm about the comics.
THUS! Assignment 3 was what made me decide to do all this in the first place: six daily strip comics for a week (Brunetti notes the obvious influences of James Kolchalka's AMERICAN ELF daily comic). So starting tomorrow, let's see if I can't keep up with at least scanning in the daily comic weeks finished and ready to go!
* 'Dog humour' is what James Ellroy refers to the crude sense of humour he and a childhood friend shared, which has bled into his writing and writer personality.