Submitted by: Jennifer Auble, Westfield Middle School, Westfield Indiana UNIT: Cartooning - Graphic Design LESSON PLAN: Comic book or comic strip design Grade Level: Middle School (Jennie did this with 8th grade) TIME LENGTH: 1 -1 ½ weeks
Design an original cartoon character.
Understand the creative process and development of a cartoon from brainstorming to final draft.
Use the correct terminology associated with cartooning.
Recognize the different kinds of cartooning including a gag comic, comic strip, caricature, and a comic book.
Vocabulary: gag, caricature, strip, comic book, panel, thumbnail sketch, plot, point of view, cropping, rule of thirds, caption, bubble, narrative.
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Write out a written description of the original character. What is the characters name? What type of character will it be? Describe the personality and what type of events or circumstances the character might be involved in. Will the character have a supporting cast or a side-kick? Will the character have props or a special environment that they live in?
Begin making thumbnail sketches of what the character might look like. Take one idea and continue to develop the character showing both a frontal and side view. Include the full body and any props the cartoon will need. Add color and detail. Turn in 2 view character drawing for approval. This drawing will be used as the standard for both the comic and the sculpture so it will need to be returned to the student for the next steps.
Choose either the comic strip or the comic book cover assignment.
Panel – Look at different layouts of a comic strip. Create a rough draft template with a minimum of 3 action panels and a title panel. Below or above each panel jot down the ideas for the action or spoken plot. Sketch ideas in each panel. Think about point of view, size, cropping, and the rule of thirds when designing each panel. Turn in rough draft for approval. Transfer rough draft to final draft paper. Draw lightly in pencil. Add lettering, detail and color. Finish with a fine point marker outline.
Comic Book Cover – Look at the different sizes and shapes of comic books. Create a rough draft book. Include the title, character, background, props, captions, etc. Think about point of view, size, cropping, and the rule of thirds, and a border when designing the cover. Turn in rough draft for approval. Transfer ideas to the final draft. Draw lightly in pencil, add color and finish in marker. The final cover design should include details such as a bar code, price, and other details found on a real comic book cover.
Share comic book or strip with the class and create school display.
Prepare for 3-D sculpture project.
Evaluation: teacher rubric, self evaluation
Cartooning Unit Self Evaluation
Name ___________________________________________ Period _____
1. All parts are turned in
_____ Original writing, thumbnails, rough drafts
_____ Original character in full color – 2 views
_____ Comic strip or comic book full color
_____ This self evaluation!
2. Your character's name _____________________________
3. Describe the personality of your character or any special powers it has: