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Product Details

  • Series: Lab Series
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592538126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592538126
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robyn Chapman has studied cartooning at two of the medium’s finest institutions, receiving her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and her MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies. In 2005 she became The Center for Cartoon Studies’ first fellow, and spent the next five years as their program coordinator and a faculty member. She has built and managed the curriculum for their successful Create Comics and Cartooning Studio workshops. Her cartooning courses, workshops, and lectures have brought her to classrooms at The New School, Wellesley College, The University of Iowa, and the 92nd Street Y. She lives in New York City. Visit her online at http://www.un-pop.com.

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Lab 18: Drawing Without Stopping
Materials

- notebook paper
- kitchen timer
- pencil
- ruler
- pen
- bristol board


1. Pick a time of day when your mind will be fresh, your body rested, and you won’t be distracted. For me, this is in the morning, before going to work.
2. Grab your notebook paper and set your timer for 5 minutes. Write “I’m afraid of...” at the top of your paper. Underneath, make a list of things that scare you. Keep writing for 5 minutes, without stopping. If you can’t think of anything, write the word fear until you have something, or doodle little shapes in the margins. The important thing is to keep your pencil moving.
3. Look at your list. Did anything surprise you? Pick a fear that you would feel comfortable exploring in words and pictures.
4. Create a nine-panel grid.
5. In your first panel, draw a moment when you might begin to feel the fear you picked. Start by drawing yourself, then fill i n the blanks around you. Draw without stopping—always keep your pencil moving. Keep your drawings loose and sketchy. Don’t erase. If you can’t think of anything to draw next, trace some lines you’ve already made.
6. After that first panel, your story can move in any direction: reality, fantasy, or something in between. Keep drawing without stopping until you’ve filled your nine panels. Don’t plan or think ahead, except for this: as you reach your ninth panel, try to give your page an ending that feels complete.
7. Put your comic away for a week, and don’t look at it or read it. After a week, take a look. What do you think of the story you made?


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Widyanto on September 8, 2013
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This book is great for people who knows how to draw (how to create proportion, perspective drawing etc). Most of the lab focussed on building characters / stories, but not so much on drawing. The first few labs for example, asking you to draw figures (your characters, draw 10 cats from basic cat drawing, draw 4 people from the park, draw yourself /your avatar in good / bad mood, etc), but the main focus is to find the words or stories that you can fill into your drawing.

Although people can argue that circle and boxes with good storyline could be a nice comic, I'm not so keen about it. I'd better read a book, rather than comic with talking circle, boxes or stick figures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 20, 2013
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Robyn Chapman's Drawing Comics Lab is a primer or introduction to drawing comics. The book talks about the different aspects of drawing comics besides just drawing. Those would be stuff like creating characters, understanding panels and pacing, choosing drawing materials, etc.

Many of the lessons revolve around thinking, design and writing, rather than the actual technical part of putting pen on paper. Many have basically brain-storming exercises suggested by guest artists. Those artists' tips are quite useful at kick-starting your brain into coming up with ideas.

The book is really elementary and the 52 labs (lessons) can be brief at times. Even the author also suggested other books that you should check out if you're into those all-in-one books on drawing comics, namely, Making Comics by Scott McCloud, Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel (this would get my recommendation).

Other books of note would be Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti, Will Eisner's Comics and Sequential Art and Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud.

Do check out the preview pages on Amazon. That would give you a good idea if this book is for you.

I would recommend this book to beginner artists, those who are learning to draw and would like to turn their drawings into stories with sequential flow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DE Burke on October 1, 2013
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Well written and full of great tips and stuff. I found it very energizing to experience this book. For artists from ages 8 to 80. The layout of the book, is also well done. A nice "model" on how a book should be produced. For drawing teachers and home school parents this is a great book to create assignments for your students. As a teacher I am always looking for cool lessons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Marino on June 23, 2013
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Wonderful book. I have all of the lab books and they are all great. I am a full-time artist and love the assignments.
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