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Workshop: Visual scripting

Posted on 10 January 2017 by John Larison

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Graduate Student Timothy Taylor Presents:

VISUAL SCRIPTING!
Saturday January 14, 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Hayman’s Hall, Room 213

Do you ever find yourself torn between trying to get visual ideas drawn while trying to write a script? You are not alone! As comic creators, getting ideas down visually and verbally is important. With visual scripting techniques, you will learn methods for writing scripts while thumbnailing your pages at the same time!

You will look at scripts with drawings on them, thumbnails with written notes and examples of both being done at the same time. You’ll learn about the importance of shorthand and notation and the importance of getting to know what you can draw quickly and what you may need to write.

Outcomes:
•       Students will become familiar with visual scripting techniques

Objectives:
•       Students will create a one-page story thumnailed and written using visual scripting techniques and Rory’s Story Cubes.

Lecture
20 min

Activity
30 min

Discussion
10 min

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Professional Sequential Art Mentor Visit!

Posted on 09 January 2017 by John Larison

 

Please note the date changes below.

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SEQA Graduate Workshops 11/18/16

Posted on 18 November 2016 by John Larison

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SEQA Graduate Workshops
Friday, November 18
Haymans Hall 214, 1pm-2:30pm

Animal Signals 101
If you struggle figuring out how to make the animals in your comic convey emotion then consider joining SEQA graduate student, Sienna Haralson (previous animal science student and lifetime animal hoarder) as she breaks down the basic animal signals and what they mean. Adding in these natural cues can bring an extra layer of interest and depth to any work containing animals and make your character’s pet or sidekick become more lively and expressive!

Story Engineering
If you want some tips and rules for creating a story or plotting and building a comic, then join SEQA graduate student Mike Becker as he breaks down his personal storytelling process.

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SEQA Graduate Workshops Friday 11/11

Posted on 11 November 2016 by John Larison

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SEQA Graduate Workshops
Friday, November 11
Haymans Hall 111, 1pm-2:30pm

Forming Character
Join grad student Don Fox for a lecture on the importance of shape dynamics and understanding form and how they apply to character design from basic construction to thinking about developing a personal style. Includes a live demonstration with suggestions taken from the audience. Bring work and character designs in progress for discussion and critique after. Sat Nov 11th.

GIF Comics
Want to learn how to implement subtle animations to enhance your comics? Come hang out with graduate student Zach Wilcox and learn how to make simple, yet effective GIFS.

That’s right: On 11/11 at 1pm in room 111.

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SEQA Graduate Workshops Friday 10/28

Posted on 25 October 2016 by John Larison

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SEQA Graduate Workshops Friday 10/28

Tips And Tricks For Unique Character Designs
Friday, Octtober 28
Haymans Hall 214, 1pm

There is more to character design than the concept alone, it can be frustrating to have a character that doesn’t look unique, so Patricia Leang made a list of stuff to think about while designing characters. We will cover several important factors and tips for creating a unique character design; this workshop also includes a fun design challenge! Please bring your drawing materials! Loose paper and pencils will be more than enough!

SEQA Fight Club
Friday, October 28
Haymans Hall 214, 2pm
Action speaks louder than words. When a fight scene is involved, it’s a hella loud way to tell people about your character. Join SEQA grad student, Jordan Scribner (8 years stage combat, 2 years kickboxing, and 1 year European martial arts experience) to figure out how to jack up combat in your comics.  Learn how to research fighting styles, manipulate contact and pacing, and apply historic martial arts techniques to deepen your characters through action rather than exposition. Don’t forget to bring your own fight scenes for review and don’t be afraid to participate in some physical demonstrations!

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Mini Comics Expo 2016

Posted on 28 September 2016 by John Larison

 

The SCAD Sequential Art Department hosts their annual Mini-Comics Expo at Haymans Hall, 23 Charlton Street, Savannah, on Saturday, November 5, from 11am – 4pm.

Over 80 vendors  — students, alumni, and faculty of SCAD’s acclaimed sequential art department — will be on site to exhibit and sell their self-published mini-comics, zines and sketches.  This event celebrates hand-made comic books and DIY publishing.

Guest artist, comics editor, and SCAD Alumna Robyn Chapman will be exhibiting at the Expo, giving a workshop, and signing books. Chapman is an editor, a publisher, and a cartoonist. She is the proprietor of Paper Rocket Minicomics and The Tiny Report, and she has had many different jobs in comics. She spent five years at The Center for Cartoon Studies, initially as their first fellow and later as their program coordinator and a faculty member. She is the author of Drawing Comics Lab from Quarry Books. Currently she is an associate editor at First Second Books. Learn more about her work at paperrocketcomics.com

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Professional Sequential Art Mentor Visit!

Posted on 23 September 2016 by John Larison

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Update: Editors’ Day Assignments 2016

Posted on 11 May 2016 by John Larison

Please make certain to read the Rules and Regulations for Editors’ Day about all the specifics you should know about for this event, which is in the previous posting.

Hey folks. The assignments are up for all the editors.

If you have any accidental overlaps please let me know.

The empty slots are to stay empty until the day of, and then it is up to the editors and the grad handlers on whether those slots will be filled or stay open.

Do not email myself or any of the faculty about the empty slots. Only email myself or Trisha (Our emails are in the sign up form/sheet, in the previous, precious posting) to let us know if there are any accidental overlaps or if you have to cancel for whatever reason.

Thank you and good luck!

Make certain to print this out so you know what room you need to be in and when!

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Editors’ Day 2016: Guidelines and Things to Consider

Posted on 04 May 2016 by John Larison

For everyone who is taking part in Editors’ Day 2016, Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14, there are a few things to remember.

1. Your portfolio should be no more than 10-12 pieces of art. This can include comic pages, comic covers, children’s books pages, concept art, character designs, turnarounds, or individual spot illustrations. You only have a few, short minutes with the editor so it is better to get more feedback from fewer pieces than less feedback for more pieces. It is better to have a few really strong pieces. Editors can tell what they want to give you feedback on in 2-3 pieces.

Keep it to 10-12 pieces and definitely NO sketchbooks or loose art. Put all of your work in a professional portfolio. Something like this: Portfolio Example

If you are doing comic inking or coloring you should also have the original pencil or ink file as well as your inked or colored page side by side, so the editor can see what you have brought to the penciler’s or inker’s art.

Print your portfolio early. Do not wait until the last minute. Your work can be at size 11” x 17” or smaller, but don’t come in with work larger than 11” x 17”.

2. You should bring both traditional and digital portfolios if you have a reader (Ipad, etc.). DO NOT SHOW ART OFF OF YOUR PHONE FOR ANY REASON! If you just have a traditional portfolio that is okay. It is better to have both, but you should at least have a traditional portfolio.

3. Dress nicely. While you do not have to dress business professional, you SHOULD dress up. Since this is a professional meeting with an editor you should take care in how you present yourself. Come in clean clothes. Make certain you take time to shower, brush your teeth and hair, and put deodorant on.

4. Phone etiquette: If your phone comes out of your pocket for any reason during your review, your review will be over and you will be escorted out by the Grad Handler. Keep your phone on silent in any group or individual review at all times. No phone use will be tolerated at all.

5. Stay silent in the hallways. If you want to talk with friends, then find an empty room and go in there or go outside. Please respect all of the reviews going on. If you are too loud in the hallways, then you will be asked to quiet down, find a room, or go outside.

6. Editor reviews: Stay silent during editor reviews and take notes. You only have a few minutes with your editors so unless they ask you a direct question, be quiet. Let them look over your work, make comments, critique it, and you take notes. I cannot stress this enough. You need to stay quiet unless asked a direct question from the editor.

This is a rare opportunity to be able to sit down with editors so you shouldn’t spend it talking or talking over them. Let them talk! Do not explain your work or yourself. It should speak for itself without you talking over it.

Group reviews: If you are in a group review and your work is not being reviewed, DO NOT MAKE A NOISE! You need to respect other people’s reviews. Feel free to take notes since you can learn just as much from other people’s reviews and their work as you can from your own reviews. Just sitting there and listening to other reviews is valuable.

7. BE ON TIME! If you are even one minute late to your review you will NOT be let in. You have missed your review. Try again next year. Arrive 15-20 minutes early for every review. It is better to have to wait a little for your review then to show up and have missed your review.

8. Find out which room your review you will be in before showing up. The lists will go up next week around Wednesday, so check back on SEQALab until they go up.

9. Print out your schedule so you know what room you need to be in and when you need to be there.

10. If you have a question about anything, there are Graduate Handlers helping each day. Ask them for help if you need something. They will be wearing name tags.

The list will go up on next Wednesday or Thursday. Check back daily!

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Editors’ Day Application forms: 2016

Posted on 25 April 2016 by John Larison

 

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Here is the post that everyone has been waiting for.

Here is the link for the downloadable pdf form:

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A few IMPORTANT things to note.

1. Read through your application THOROUGHLY! If you make a mistake your application can and will get denied.

2. ONLY alumni, Atlanta, and E-Learning students can submit a form digitally. If you are in town, and a student you MUST submit a hard copy with your sample art.

3. Pay attention to the sample page number. Any more than this and your application will get denied.

4. Your sample cannot be larger than 8.5″ x 11″. Color must be printed in color.

Pay attention to the due date on the form. If you miss it, you miss it.

Get your portfolios ready!

 

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