For four years now I've gone to India to coach a week-long digital comics studio for middle schoolers. This year I made a fresh sketchbook to take with, and will be posting the 8 spreads from the trip over the next week or so.
This year I'm taking prompts from my 5 year old daughter, with the intent of being purposefully messy and loose. No pencils, no preliminary sketches, just pure ink.
I'm using the latest Field Notes printing since it landed just right for this year's inktober. The first page has this nifty printing press engraving, so I figured I'd roll with it.
Prompt #1: An octopus squirting ink.
As both a student and an instructor at the Aegean Center, I used comics as a way to record my journeys and experiences. This, along with building longer form narratives and experimenting with the possibilities of the medium, is something I'm very excited to share with my worshippers.
If you are interested in the workshop, hop on over here for more info and to apply!
For a week in early March a handful of experts across the arts and sciences descend upon the American School of Bombay campus to share their knowledge of robotics, coding, mural painting, comics, and etcetera with a bunch of extremely excited 6th-8th graders.
The program, called Studio 6, is in partnership with the awesome NuVu Studio based in Cambridge. For 3 years now I've travelled over to India to coach the comics-making studio, and as always when traveling, I try to document as much as I can via my sketchbook:
For the studio this year I used some ideas from Lynda Barry's Syllabus and Ivan Brunetti's Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice , two books that have profoundly inspired my ideas for teaching comics and creativity. As always, from self portraits to jam comics, the work that the students came up with just slayed me.
The idea behind the studio is to make digital webcomics, so I had to teach both the ideas of comics storytelling and how to use Photoshop with a Wacom tablet. The kids take to the digital stuff like fish to water, but it's a heck of a lot to cover in what boils down to three and a half days of work time. That said, I'm super proud of the stuff these guys banged out. Hey are some select pages from the 5 groups in the class.