I teach an Illustration I class at Shepherd University, and I’ve mostly been teaching them how to make comics and cartoon characters, since… I mean, really, do I have to explain why? Technically, it’s a great way to focus on visual communication. Not-so-technically, drawing comics is fun.
I took three already-published comic strips, translated them into text scipts, and handed out the scripts and a template to each student. I wanted to see how differently they would translate what they read into what they saw.
The following were created second (I’m new to Tumblr and already posted all the first ones, shush). The original All New Issues strip can be found here and is drawn by Bill Ellis.
This was a quick exercise - 20 minutes - and we only had time to do two of them; they took the third one home for homework. Here’s what they turned in (I asked their permission to share these, of course, and I’ve included my own interpretation at the bottom - I usually do the same projects with them to smooth out any bumps in my lesson plans). Enjoy!