I want to introduce you to a very cool artist today...
Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York in 1923. He became famous for his bright and bold paintings of comic strip cartoons, as well as his paintings of everyday objects. He was one of a group of artists making art in the 1960s who were called pop artists because they made art about "popular" things, such as TV, celebrities, fast food, pop music and cartoons. Although best known as a painter, he made different types of art, including sculpture, murals, prints and ceramics.
What is POP Art??
Take a look at this short video from TATE Kids to learn more about POP Art!
Does this explosion look like real to you? Or does it look like something from your favorite comic?
Lichtenstein chose colors carefully to make his art look like it came from a comic book printer. Look closely. Do you see the little dots in his art? Those are called Ben Day Dots. This was another way for his art to look like newspaper printing. Can you see how the colors are clear from a distance, but look like tiny dots and dashes close-up?
Reflections on Minerva 1990
Lichtenstein is famous for his use of cartoon strips from American comic books, which were very popular the 1950s. He admired the skill of the comic book artist, who could create complex stories of love and war in cartoon form.
Reflections on The Scream 1990
He was sometimes accused of copying comics exactly, but he said that he made changes to the pictures, right down to the tiniest placement of individual dots. He was also criticized for using very basic painting techniques.
What do you think of his artworks?
Today, we are going to make our own comic book together!
What do you want your comic to be about? Where will you get your inspiration from?
Once you have your topic, you can create a story board!
Here are a few ideas:
- Travel to A Mysterious Place.
- Making Wishes Come True.
- A Day at Work.
- A Day at School.
- Write a Love Story.
- A New Fairy Tale
A story board is an important part of the comic book writing process. All it is is the idea you have in your head drawn out on a piece of scratch paper. For my comic book, I am writing about a dog who can't find his bed. I drew out several squares and began to draw and write my ideas. Ask for help if you get stuck!
You're doing a great job!
Now, take a look at the Comic Book Templets. What do you notice about how the pages are divided? Imagine each of these sections being a snapshot of a different scene to your story. Divide your paper into sections like these using your ruler and pencil!
Check out this tutorial on how to make your letters really POP in 3D..