Learning to Layer: Comic Templates

I’m supposed to have a baby today. Aside from that small detail, I feel creative now that I am home on pregnancy leave. After losing my PDF/.AI file and all of the text and images that I was working on-I decided to change my workflow. First of all, I opted to NOT tick the “save…

Oopsie-Editable PDF Lost

So….this is a little awkward. I had about ten pages illustrated in my first chapter and then boom, gone. You see, Illustrator has this awesome function that allows you to edit a PDF with vector images still intact. So for the past year or so, I’ve been opening the files at school to use as…

My Wacom Tablet has made its way Home!

That’s right! After a long couple of years dreaming and saving up some cash (tax return), I bought myself a shiny new Wacom Cintiq drawing screen, 27” of HD goodness. Though I am aware it will not make me a better artist, I do need it to speed up my creative process in Adobe Illustrator…

The Elephant in the Flipped Classroom

Can we discuss the elephant in the room? You know, the one about flipped classrooms? As I see some teachers drooling over the concept, I can’t help but think to myself that this idea isn’t all that novel. A few years ago a new teaching revolution took off – the power of flipping the classroom. The basic idea…

I think I’de like to write a book.

Today is the day that I finished the meat and potatoes of my 1st draft. I was so excited that I ran to FedEx to print out a copy on 11×17 paper so that I can start taping them to my wall for proof reading and storyboard creation. I have to condense the two activities…

Kawaii Style

Ever since my husband and I visited Canada’s Museum of Civilization and saw the Japanese Design exhibit, I can’t help but remember my favorite part of the installation, kawaii.  Kawaii is one of the fundamentals in Japanese design and literally means, ‘cute’. I love paying attention to cultural differences and it was very cool to see the…

Medieval Speech Bubbles

Originally posted on medievalbooks:
This blog frequently highlights parallels between medieval and modern technology and media. My recent posts on Spam, GPS and Selfies in medieval times are good examples of that. As odd as this may sound, as a medieval book historian I see such parallels with modern concepts all the time: all you need is a pair of eyes and a…

Wacom’s Cintiq Drawing Tablet

I need one of these. Nay….MUST…have one these. The Wacom Cintiq is a dream gadget for any digital artist. Ever since my husband and I saw it at the Comic-Con, we were in absolute love.  Not only is it pressure sensitive, it looks as though their new model allows for pinching of the screen which is…

Project Update: Snow Days

There is no better feeling in the world than the morning of a snow day-so many possibilities lay ahead of you after that first cup of coffee. And since I was just granted two of them in a row, I spent them working on the final chapter of my graphic textbook. I am trying to…

Resource: Prisoner of the Minds’: How to Create your own Graphic Novel

To date, this website has got to be the biggest inspiration and help for creating my graphic textbook that I have come across. Step by step instruction, featuring how to organize, write, create storyboards, and ink are all included. And who doesn’t like to talk about what art supplies they will need for inspiration right?…

Writers who Illustrate

Writers Illustrated: Q&A With Jeff VanderMeer, Author Of ‘Wonderbook’ by COLIN DWYER October 31, 2013 6:00 PM  Wonderbook The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer and Jeremy Zerfoss Paperback, 323 pages purchase nonfiction More on this book: NPR reviews, interviews and more Read an excerpt When you hear the phrase, “writing guide,” unpleasant things may spring to mind:…