Blog Prompts: 201

This page provides blog prompts for each blog entry that is due. Please review guidelines each time you post. Remember, posts are due before class begins (see schedule).

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Blog #3: Design Elements and Principles

After reading all of John Lovett’s Design Overview (this includes the links: Elements of Design, Line, Shape, Direction, Size, Texture, Color, Value, The Principles of Design, Balance, Gradation, Repetition, Contrast, Harmony, Dominance, and Unity), choose a single page or 2-spread from Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics” that you’d like to discuss in terms of your new design vocabulary. Explain why you think McCloud’s layout is effective in terms of at least three of the elements and/or principles described by John Lovett. Make sure you demonstrate an understanding of both Lovett and McCloud. (You may choose any page from McCloud, it does not have to be a chapter we have assigned yet.)

Scan the relevant page(s) from “Understanding Comics” and insert into your post (make sure to cite the source!). You may also wish to insert separate details from the page(s) if you are writing about something small in scale or something very detailed. All images should be jpgs, 1500-2000 pixels in the wider dimension. Make sure you have read the posting guidelines. Don’t forget to follow instructions for inserting media and adding captions as explained in my WordPress instructional video from last week.

  • Title this post Design Elements and Principles: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the 201 Blog and Design Elements & Principles categories when you post

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Blog #2: Physical to Virtual

What materials did you bring to the CDSC for our first scanning day? Now that you know something about scanning and resolution, what additional items will you consider digitizing? Why do you think they will be interesting to use for your digital comics collage? Remember, Project 1: Comics Collage should reference physical, textural space, even though you will execute most of the work in virtual space as you learn beginning, intermediate, or advanced skills in Adobe Photoshop.

Practice scanning several items at the CDSC, which is open M-F from 8:30am to 4:30pm, (Remember to check their calendar too to see if a class is using the facilities: If the CDSC is not reserved, you can just stop in), or in Avery 101 (ask the consultant on duty if you need help). Post one or two of your scans, remembering to reduce your file size for web resolution. This means your jpg should be 1500-2000 pixels wide maximum. Make sure you have read the posting guidelines. Don’t forget to follow instructions for inserting media and adding captions as explained in my WordPress instructional video from last week.

  • Title this post  Physical to Virtual: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the 201 Blog and Physical to Virtual categories when you post

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Blog #1: Print Versus Digital Comic

For this blog, compare and contrast your experience of making a comic by hand versus using a digital tool. What were the benefits and drawbacks of each way of working? Likewise, what seems to be the difference between reading a comic on screen as opposed to paper? Finally, did reading the first chapter of Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics” give you any ideas as you created your digital comic?

Post images of both your Digital Comic and your Hand-Drawn Comic, saved as JPG or PDF files. You can take a picture of your hand-drawn comic in order to post it. You may also have to re-save your Digital Comic in a different file format (PDF or JPG). Here is an example of a sample post from a different semester (note, topic is different). Make sure you have read the posting guidelines.

  • Title this post Print Versus Digital Comic: Your First  & Last Name
  • Check the 201 Blog and Print Versus Digital categories when you post

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