USQ McGregor Summer School has just recently concluded (8 – 18 January 2014) and for those who consider themselves an ‘arty’, creative or musical and have never previously attended, I would highly recommend getting involved in the future 2014 McGregor Schools – Winter and Spring respectively.
Even though I was unable to attend 2014 Summer School. As a 2012/2013 Residential College’s student, I was fortunate enough to receive the Residential Colleges/McGregor Summer School Scholarship last year and attended the 2013 McGregor Summer School and completed the workshop ‘Manga Magic’.
So what happens?!
It’s a ten day intensive learning experience within the areas of Performing, Visual or Creative Arts and Manga Magic (corny name, but the class was pretty cool!) was an introductory course to drawing Japanese comic drawing – Manga Graphic Novel
Our teacher was David Lovegrove a professional artist, author, designer, speaker and has a passion (and talent!) for drawing and creating Japanese Manga (comics). David’s additional interests also include Anime, Japanese language, culture and film – from this, I knew we’d instantly click!
Over the ten days we covered an extensive amount of artistic territory which included:
• Drawing expression using a composed of movement with the eyebrows, eye and mouth
• Introduction in drawing perspective in a manner that allowed the drawer to tilt objects without causing them to distorted or incorrect
•Finally, a lesson in drawing the human body – firstly, by using geometric shapes to act as a guide when drawing the human body curves and then progressing to gaining drawing inspiration from live art models!
Anyway, I couldn’t speak more highly of David Lovegrove. For those who have a passion for comic art and Manga, please check out his website, in particular, the art galleries for some amazing stuff.
So my intensive fortnight workshop lead to my first ever Manga story creation which is displayed below. It’s called ‘Fire & Ice’ and the story is about two brothers who are seeking to reunite with their father (reason is unknown). One brother uses a honourable approach by using the police whereas the other sibling uses quite the opposite approach and is quite aggressive by using underground methods and connections to find out information relating to his father’s location.
‘Fire & Ice’