For this assignment, I was assigned to write and design a comic that embraced web viewing. I accomplished this assignment by using two different subjects on the left and the right while still serving its purposes of telling a story. I was honestly stuck on how I should make a website interesting because I was too focused on my art rather than learning all the skills I needed to make my personal website, so I chose to use WordPress. It serves its purpose by allowing me to do very basic ways to make a scroller-style web comic that I could still tell my story. I kind of did a combination of a left-to-right and up-to-down comic because one side shows my growth as an artist by showing all the different art I made over the years so people can see how far I’ve come. On the other side, it shows a plant slowly growing into a premature flower, indicating that I still have some growing to do as an artist. I expect my readers to read from left to right but you could also read it up and down. I think Scott McCloud would tell me that I did a very clever way to show my audience my art process as an artist to another. I believe this is my best work in this class, so I believe that I’d get some positive comics about my color choices along with the different strokes and the detail to each character I drew.
I used Illustrator because I wanted my drawings to come out as bold and clear as possible. My art didn’t need any soft lines or any other effects that photoshop contains. I wasn’t able to make my own personal website so I used WordPress instead. However, I do want to learn how to make my own personal website in the future. After seeing everyone’s web comics on Wix, it inspired me to try it myself in the near future. I got these drawings from Illustrator on WordPress by exporting each one as a JPEG and then adding all my work in the media to add on this post. What I’ve learned how to do was add more color to each of my characters and to make my own personal “speech bubbles.” After learning this, it really made my work really stand out and I hope everyone enjoys it!
An Artist’s Growth by: Isaiah Wilkerson