The SEQA DOJO: Keeping A Scroll
Part of the Prime Vice Studios mission is to share knowledge about the sequential art medium and encourage artists to always develop their talent. With this in mind I’ve established the Seqa Dojo™ (Short for Sequential Art Dojo).
The SEQA DOJO Web series
This web series is a continuation of the Prime Vice Studios tutorials proudly sponsored by plash’s Comic Draw app. Please enjoy, participate, and share.
Keeping A Scroll Tutorial
Your scroll is your personal practice book. Also commonly called your sketchbook, journal, and/ or black book- It’s a space where you capture your ideas and practice your craft.
It is not a gallery of your best and finished work- that is what your portfolio is for. you may have finished pieces in your scroll but unfinished processes should outweigh the ratio of completed works.
Your scroll is a space to play, practice mark making, work on studies, and explore new techniques for your artistic development.
How To Keep A Scroll
The habit of keeping and making scrolls serves several functions:
Just like any training regimen keeping a scroll helps keep your skills sharp & fit for action.
The habit is not limited to just one book at a time. Setup designated files in your tablet and carry a portable sketchbook with you for impromptu opportunities. You can then bring in your sketches into your digital file and continue to build on your ideas.
Challenge yourself to constantly raise your drawing chops. Try new styles, draw things you haven’t drawn before, analyze and dissect other artist’s work but always be prepared to draw!
Use as a tool to pool your ideas, pull from life around you, collect scraps of your interests. Your scroll is your personal playground.
Keeping a scroll is for practice and processes not necessarily creating finished art products.
Reflect on your patterns. What do you notice about the things you capture and their essence?
Make as many scrolls as you want. Even fill multiple ones at the same time for different reasons. Don’t discriminate between traditional, digital, hybrid or even unconventional methods of working. Let the purpose dictate the path.
Share or publish your works. You can take your best pieces and compile them into collectable anthologies or just upload your favorites on social media with your friends and followers.
Thank you for checking out this tutorial. I hope you’ve found it useful and inspiring. Below you’ll find a downloadable cheat sheet of this tutorial and additional resources that you can purchase through Amazon.com which will help support the creation of this information.
Loso Perez, MFA
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