Taking a sequential art class this semester and I am having the toughest time (the feet are even tougher) 😩I specialize in photo realistic portraits so I’m still new to doing cartoon illustrations and it’s driving me crazy. but I’m going to continue practicing and pray that I get a decent grade in this class.
Hey! This is the result of my first project for a class about sequential imaging. I adapted the story “The Legion of Honor” by Guy de Maupassant into a beat board, taking liberties with the setting by turning it into a space opera but otherwise keeping the story intact.
anyways: I am absolutely going to keep that buff heroic frog design around.
I always feel hesitant to show my work to my family; more specifically my mom’s side of the family because they’re just like… not that supportive of the arts (not that my father’s is, either) and like so I was showing them the final comics for my Sequential art class
And like first of all my grandmother just thumbs through them and she’s like “Pfft were these made by first graders?” and she just really doesn’t like any of the stuff I make anyway, so I’m used to it (literally growing up, any time I showed her my art she’d just be like “yeah don’t quit your day job” and would toss any pictures I gave her; a common thing in my family though. Thus the reason I stopped giving my family my art)
but my brother whom I admire a lot, he just really doesn’t like more normal style so while I wasn’t expecting any negative comments or anything, he kinda just flipped through like three of them (including mine), and didn’t really say much
So like… I know I shouldn’t be disappointed because my sister is super supportive and her comments always make up for the lack of support from other parts of my family, but I’m still like… a little disappointed, I guess
tl;dr: my grandma trashed on my class’s final comics and my brother just is very apathetic towards my work and I kinda just feel sometimes maybe I should’ve gone to med school like I originally planned
so something a bit different…this was an 8 page comic about Frida Kahlo and her physical health that I did for sequential art class…! i’m super pleased with how it came out, though, and I love Frida even more after researching her ha.
This is for a perspective assignment in my Drawing for Sequential Art class. Urban perspective is absolutely grueling, but I somehow survived and am pleased with the results! I’ve never really tried this before.
It’s not as clean as it could be, but it’s not meant to be inked anyway so I wasn’t about to put in even more extra work for it.
1. Never buy your textbooks. Technically, this is true like 9/10 times. It would be more correct to say “never buy your textbooks at the campus bookstore.” Some books you may need for sequential classes, like A&P 1 and 2, for example. In that case, Amazon is a great place if you need to buy them (renting, too!). Prime shipping ($50 for college students) means you can get them, usually, in 2 days. Chegg is another place you can check out, but I’ve always found the prices to be cheapest on Amazon. You can also try BookFinder, TextSurf, or BigWords for comparisons on good deals.
2. Always go for the penultimate edition, when possible. Grab the 6th instead of the 7th. Cheaper, usually the same material. Sometimes, they’ll move things around or add in pictures. Maybe they clarified a few sentences. Generally, they don’t change and the textbooks companies are looking to get more money. You can also look up lists of what has changed between the editions with some creative Googling. Always ask your professor or instructor if the older edition is OK. Never hurts to be sorry! I would also advise getting a used copy whenever possible.
3. Grab the e-book when you can. 99% of the time these are cheaper, and you don’t have to carry a huge textbook, or multiple textbooks, to class! Slap them into your laptop, Kindle, iPad, tablet, or even your phone. Whatever you’ve got. I recommend Amazon again. Ask your professor about their technology policy and if e-books are OK. Most of the time, yes. I don’t think I have had any professors tell me they would not allow e-books.
4. If you have to buy, see if a classmate or friend will go 50/50 with you, or let you borrow their old copy. Friend (you have one or two, right?!) took the class last semester? Did they buy their book? Ask if you can “rent” or buy it from them! Maybe someone else in the class is having trouble paying for their books, too. Offer to pay for half the book and work out a schedule for when you both can use it. Or, if it comes with online access, one person can take the e-book and one person can take the physical book.
5. If you absolutely must buy a book by yourself, sell it as soon as you can. Textbook editions change from year to year (because the companies suck! and everyone wants your money). Think of it as a hot potato as soon as you’re finished with it. If the bookstore won’t buy it back - which happens when they have too many or it’s an old edition - try posting a flyer, dropping by old professors’ offices or classes, and even asking if they’ll see if any of their students are looking to buy the textbook at a reduced rate. Try Craigslist (be careful) or even Facebook groups for your area/school.
6. Finally, “magic!" I call this "magic.” Although I will not give you the exact means on where to find pirated books (because I don’t know where they are, and I don’t do that at all…of course not! ;) .) there are resources out there. This is the cheapest option, obviously. Sometimes there are problems, or so I’ve heard…“.PDFs suck, or there are no seeders. Or maybe an e-book just doesn’t exist (check Amazon if you’re looking to see if there is an e-book - they will most likely have it)."
Additionally: for the love of god, please wait until you have your first class before you go and rent/buy a textbook. Sometimes you won’t even need it, and, although the professor can’t or really shouldn’t tell you that (money-grubbing colleges don’t particularly like that, as I’m sure you can tell), they may hint to it. If they don’t explicitly state you need the textbook, you may be fine without it. Never hesitate to reach out to them if you are having financial trouble (unless they are total assholes!). They may have a solution or could let you borrow a book.
To give you an example of what these tips have done, I spent about $500 my first semester of college buying my books. For 4 classes. Never again. This semester, I paid a whopping $58 for a book that was not in e-book form. I could have gotten the 8th edition for cheaper, but "all the page numbers were different,” according to my professor. I figured I could spare the expense. ;)
By the way, I just sold back 2 of those books I bought - 1 from the first semester and 1 from another time when I had to get the book, for about $60 bucks on Amazon. At least I made something from it. If you have any textbooks sitting around your house, and they’re not too old, you may be able to sell them back to Amazon, provided they’re in good condition.
here is a short comic i drew for my sequential art class last week! the prompt was “a person emerges from a forest, climbs a hill, enters a building, and has an encounter” so i was like ok i like monster girls and i like badass little kids and i especially like those two things together, lets go
the bug-alien girl’s name is “portia”, the kid is called “scruff”