Week 14

After having gotten our rough draft approved by ma’am we started working on the final zine. It took the entire class time to complete 2 frames but I made sure to finish the rest at home.

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Week 13

Having had finalised in my story and characters I continued working in my thumbnails. Once I was done with that, which took about an hour, I started working in the draft before jumping into the final one. The thumbnails helped me realise where to improve and what changes to make which I incorporated in the draft. I had to make a a few changes to the characters and the style of rendering which made the the zine a whole lot better. I wasn’t able to complete the draft in its entirety during class but it was of big help in finalising the frames which would ultimately make the process of the final zine much easier.

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Week 12

We spent a little of our time perfecting the characters that we had completed during the week. As someone who loves the Japanese manga comic style, I took inspiration from that and made my characters based on that. I decided to make my comic strip similar to that of the comics as has always been something that aroused my curiosity. The subtle realism and the way the frames were rendered gave me a different sort of satisfaction. Once the characters were finalised (drawn in a minimum of four different angles and also a minimum of two iterations), we had to start making thumbnails for each of the frames. I was only able to complete the thumbnail for the first frame as making the characters, having had four, took up most of my time.

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Week 11

The first half was spent on making frames for the story within which the sketches were to be made. Though it may seem simple, there were lots of complications that I didn’t know about. We were explained what each kind of grid means and how each one should be used and under what circumstance. I learnt that a half cut grid (frame slashed in the middle) is to portray different scenes taking place within the same time limit. I got a hang of it quickly as I am used to reading manga comics and realised that the different formats for grids that we’d learnt were not something g new to me but that it was just something I hadn’t given much thought to. Another challenge I faced was fitting my story within eight frames and at the same time not compromising on the main parts of my story. The last one to one and half hours were dedicated to brainstorming on what we wanted our characters to looks like, etc and to start getting the basic framework of the characters started.

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Week 10

It was the 10th week which also meant that it was the second review week of the semester. After getting our work checked by Sonia ma’am, which took most part of the first half, we were given a brief on our second project. It was a very interesting project which included us coming up with our own comic stip. We had to come up with three to four different four lined stories to begin with. Once we were done with that we had to choose one to base our final story board on. Coming up with a story, be it serious, funny or informative, was quite a tedious task as we had to keep in mind the final outcome, a comic strip of eight to ten frames, and make sure that our story wasn’t too long to fit within the given frames and at the same time not too short either.

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Week 9

The first half of class was spent on making abstract composition of the five elements, except space, and one combing all four. It was very similar to the first project we did in imaging except that this had to completely be abstract. The best part of it was that we could add colours to our composition. Like any other abstract piece, this too took a long time to brainstorm and execute. We learnt three point perspective in the second half of class. Each of us had to make a composition in either birds eye or a mouse’s view using three point. I was able to get the basic structure of the composition in about 10 minutes as I had already learnt perspective many times before.  i still had a lot of fun doing it as perspective is one of my favourite parts of drawing.

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Week 8

Since Ma’am was still busy we got Thamal Sir to come to class instead. We first discussed about various artists and their work. Our main focus was on abstraction and so we got introduced to Wassily Kandinsky and his take on the topic. We also explored few Indian artists like M.F Hussain and S.H Raza before starting our one piece of abstract art. Keeping in mind the work of these great artists, we had to choose any one of our previous and abstract it. I choose to abstract an adapter I had drawn earlier and, to be honest, I found it extremely hard to simplify  even such a minimalistic object. Sir also gave us a few documentaries like ‘The art of the Impossible’, etc to watch in our spare time.

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Week 6

We were taught one and two point perspective which was more of a review for me as I had learnt it previously. We then had to do two drawings each for each of the perspectives respectively.

One-point perspective: One point perspective is a drawing method that shows how things appear to get smaller as they get further away, converging towards a single ‘vanishing point’ on the horizon line. It is a way of drawing objects upon a flat piece of paper (or other drawing surface) so that they look three-dimensional and realistic.

Two-point perspective: Two point perspective is linear perspective in which parallel lines along the width and depth of an object are represented as meeting at two separate points on the horizon that are 90 degrees apart as measured from the common intersection of the lines of projection.

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Week 5

Though I was extremely nervous about review week, the fact that I didn’t have incomplete work increased my confidence a bit. In contrary to what I had in mind, we just continued with class like any other day except for the 5 mins in between where we had our work and blog checked. This week our focus was on nature study. We were made to form groups of four and draw flowers and leaves from different angles. At the beginning of the second half, we learnt cross-hatching and the rest of the time we spent experimenting the method on the objects (leaves and flowers) we had. As nature study and cross-hatching was not something new to me, I found it fairly easy to complete the assignment. I still found the class interesting and useful and it was like a warm up and help me brush up my basics.

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