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Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Comic Books and Graphic NovelsDrawing male characters

Starter- Creative drawing warm up Choose a shape and use it in a rough character design:

Learning Aims:MUST be able to explain concept art and the typical features of various male character types.

SHOULD be able to generate ideas for the look of a male character in sketches and image boards.

COULD use image references to draw out a male character body shape.

What is concept art?

Concepts

Concept art is the development process for the visual elements of the Comic Book or Graphic Novel.

Concept art is about evolution and experimentation

Concepts for comic books or graphic novels.

This includes drawing by hand, in Photoshop and documenting concept models through photography.

Can you remember the artistic processes involved in creating comic book characters?Pencilling Inking Colouring

How Pixar develop concepts:

What has happened to Carl as he has aged?

How have they incorporate the original square shape?

Why does Carls character look different when he is young?

What are Carls features?

Activity: Generate Ideas Use Pinterest to find some initial images for a male human style character design

This might be a side character or one of your main characters.

You might want to look at:Body typesCostumeFacesAgeAnatomy

Use the Moodle lesson if you need help setting up a Pinterest account.

What you would normally expect to see in each of the following male character types?

HeroVillainEvil GeniusRegular JoeThe love interestTricksterThe bruteThe large guyOld manChild

HeroHe has a V shaped body, his muscles pop. His posture is strong and commanding.

Regular JoeHes not an action hero, just your typical guy. Hes the type who transforms into an action hero or plays the confidant. No great muscles or definition, he slightly taller than average.

Evil GeniusHes slim, but with small defined muscles. This gives him a crafty look. His posture is usually poor, with a sunken chest- a sure sign of a comic book villain. On skinny characters like this, the ribs stick out, but not the muscles of the ribs.

VillainSlightly more powerful looking than the hero (making fight scenes more interesting), but he is less graceful and has a thicker, less athletic build.

large Guyheavy people are stereotyped as jolly but in comics heavier body types can play villains well. You can see the character has wide shoulders and his body tapers in towards his ankles. He has rounded shoulders and a wider middle.

Brutehe has thick, massive body with an apelike posture, as his arms are often much longer than they should be and his legs are shorter. His head looks pasted onto his body with no neck, making him look hunched.

Discuss and write down ideas for a possible male character from your comic book or graphic novel In PairsNameAgeHeightWeightBody ShapeFeaturesStance/ body languageFacial features

Drawing exercise- Breaking down anatomy into simple figureshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zkpvcdm

Drawing guides for body shapeHow would you or develop the drawing for the different body shapes?

BruteVillainEvil geniusAverage JoeLarge manHero

TASK: Drawing out character conceptsHave a go at experimenting with your male character.

Use your ideas and visual research to help develop your ideas.

Use your skeleton to build on your characters look.

Learning Aims:MUST be able to explain concept art and the typical features of various male character types.

SHOULD be able to generate ideas for the look of a male character in sketches and image boards.

COULD use image references to draw out a male character body shape.