This week, we invite our At Home Art Studio community to explore art inspired by comics. Comics are a fun way to share stories. By creating a sequence of images and combining pictures and text, you can create characters, imagine new places, or tell a story about yourself!
Kate liked the idea of making a cartoon with multiple frames. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be fun! This stick figure person discovered they could use found materials in their own frame to build a new scene.
Meg was inspired by the speech and thought bubbles in comics. She decided to add some dialogue around her house for her family to find. For the plant and owl container, she taped the speech bubble to a pencil to hold it in place. Meg also added a thought bubble to the arm of a chair where the cat likes to sleep.
To get inspired this week, Sara looked at the pages in her favorite comics. She noticed that each of the pages were organized into rectangles and sometimes other shapes, called panels. After having fun last week making art that moved, she decided to make another artwork where a character moved through the art. Sara began by cutting up a piece of computer paper into rectangles for her panels. Sara had watched a documentary with leaf cutter ants, and thought it would be interesting to follow an ant through its journey back home.
Using crayons, she drew a different place on the ant’s journey in each panel, including a tree with leaves, tall grass, a log, and stones. But then she began to wonder whether this ant could go on an imaginary journey into space! She added parts of a hot air balloon, the sky, and the moon.
Once she had the settings planned out, she drew her ant on a piece of notebook paper, cut it out, and glued a strip of cardboard to its back so she could move it more easily through the scenes. For the ant to hold onto the cut-paper leaf she made, Sara cut a line into the ant’s head so that the paper could sit in between its antennae.
After sharing this story with a friend, Sara thought she could keep adding to the story or even change the order of the scenes to make new stories.
For more ideas on making your own comics, check out these previous blog posts!
Comic quests with folded paper and moving characters
Flip books showing characters in motion
Tunnel books made with layers of paper and a box
Sequential storytelling using drawing tools and paper
Storyboarding with stencils and watercolor painting
We look forward to seeing what you make!