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That’s a wrap, folks!

15 Jul

Phew! Today was the last day of my first week-long comics camp at the VAULT Gallery. I had a really great group of kids who were all hardworking, funny, and great artists! They made some really fantastic illustrations and comics this week–I was totally blown away! I had a lot of fun teaching them, and I hope they had fun, too.  Here’s a picture of all of us:

VAULT Gallery Camp Week 1

From left to right, that’s Sasha, Josh, Gabriel, me, Jacob, and Rileigh. They’re all holding the diplomas I designed especially for the camp. Here’s a closer look:

VAULT Gallery Camp Diploma

Overall, I’m pretty proud of how it turned out! I’m pushing myself to get better at digital coloring (especially at establishing and working with a limited palette of colors). While I didn’t try anything too crazy with this, I still feel like it was a success.

If you’re in the Vermont area and the idea of comics camp sounds interesting to you (or someone you know), why not sign up for the next camp I’m teaching? It goes July 25-29 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, and it’s for students 14 and older. The VAULT Gallery’s website has details on how to register here. We still have lots of room, and I’d love to have you as part of the class!

Okay…I had a pretty long day today and have to get up early tomorrow morning, so I think I’m gonna call it a night. See you on Monday, faithful readers! :)

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This is your brain. This is your brain on no sleep.

30 Mar

Ugh…I need to stop pulling all-nighters on blog update nights, you guys. I forgot to update because I spent all of Monday and Tuesday feeling like this:

guhhhhhhhh

CCS Industry Day is tomorrow, and I was determined to go all-out. I spent most of Monday making Leftovers Are Good Luck, a collection of my short comics that’ll be replacing Eat Up, Cat in my MoCCA debut lineup, and most of Tuesday fighting to stay awake and failing.

But hey, speaking of MoCCA, we finally received our table number! Bailey Sharp, Ben Juers, Max Mose, Paul Swartz, and I will be at table M10. We’ll have Em Sauter, Ryland Ianelli, and Jesse Mead on one side, and Beth Hetland, Ben Horak, Pat Barrett, and Josh Kramer on the other. (What an awesome sandwich!) We’ll also be in the same row as many other lovely CCSers, such as CJ Joughin, Canto, Billage, Andy Warner, Melanie Gillman, Nate Wooters, Dakota McFadzean, Holly Foltz, Denis St. John, Nomi Kane, and many more! If you’re going to be there, please come say hello!

I also mentioned in my previous entry that I’ll be teaching two comics workshops in Springfield, VT this summer. Some of the details have changed since the last time I mentioned it, so here are the final details:Let's Draw Comics with Lena!

Making Comics with Lena!

Come learn all the basics of making comics! We’ll pencil, ink, and letter our own comics starring our very own characters, and at the end of the week we’ll put it all together into a finished book. No experience necessary– if you like to draw, we’d love to have you!

The first session is for students 10-12 years old and will take place July 11-15 from 9:00-11:30 am. I’m going to be covering the basic terms, materials, and methods of making your own comics, including character design, backgrounds, and lettering. Plus, we’ll doing some really fun drawing activities, and at the end of the camp I’ll put the students’ work together into anthologies for everyone to take home. I’m so excited about teaching this!

The second session is for teens and older students and will take place July 25-29 from 9:00-11:30 am. I’ll cover the same basics as in the first session, since they can be beneficial for students of all ages, but I’ll be going into more detail and doing some extra activities. I’ll also put the students’ work from this camp into its own anthology for students to take home.

If you or someone you know is interested in either camp, you can find out more on the Vault Gallery’s website or at the gallery itself at 68 Main St., Springfield, VT. :)

All right, I figure I’ve talked your ears off enough for now. I’m off to Dr. Sketchy’s to draw some clowns in corsets! It’s gonna be tons of fun, so if you’re in the WRJ area, you should definitely stop by! :)

Another peek into my glamorous life (last year)!

26 Mar

Ugh, I hate it when I close an entry with, “See you [very specific date of next update]!” and then completely miss that update. Sorry about that, guys! I promise I missed it for a good reason (that may or may not have included some epic fort-building). I had a super-long post about the evolution of one of my characters planned for tonight, but I spent too much time looking through old sketchbooks for images of her and then scanning them. Now it’s 5:30 in the morning and I’m pretty tired, so I’m going to continue working on that post for Monday and just give you guys a little comic to read right now:

A week of ups and downs

This is a diary comic I drew last year for our drawing class with Steve Bissette. It is also a completely true story! Not shown is how I then proceeded to lose the same copy card (as well as several other important cards, like my CCS student ID and passcard) whilst visiting friends in Santa Cruz, went to visit my old boss at Stevenson College, and found out that a stranger had found them all and–aided by the UCSC student ID amongst the lost items–turned them in to one of the school offices for me to pick up. I live a charmed life, y’all.

Given the images in my last update, you may recognize Paul Swartz as my partner in crime up there. He’s also going to be my tablemate at the Paint & Pixel Festival in Northampton, MA! The show is on April 16th, and it runs from 10 am to 5 pm. It has a fantastic exhibitor list and wonderfully low admission prices–just $4 for adults and $2 for children. CCS will also have its own table, staffed by a delightful assortment of our classmates. If you’re in the area, please come check it out! Either way, you should check out the cool site that they’ve got set up. They have bios and a small gallery of work for almost every exhibitor (including yours truly) that’s definitely worth a look!

Speaking of spaces I’m going to be invading soon, I have some more exciting news: I’m going to be teaching two week-long comics workshops this summer at the Vault Gallery in Springfield, VT! There’ll be one workshop for students 10 and up and another for students 13 or 14 and up. I am so overwhelmingly excited for this, you guys! I love comics, and I love teaching, and this is just turning out to be a beautiful Venn diagram of those two things. I’m working on the logo now, so I’ll post that (along with some more details) soon. Please spread the word, especially if you know someone who’d like to attend!

All right, I think I’m going to toddle off to bed now. I’ll see you the next time I update! (See how I learn from my past mistakes?)

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