Reflecting and Analyzing.
Original plan :
Plan: Max Fleischer being my subject for this project, my plan is to start off with the basic medium that we all use and read up on his achievements in life, Wikipedia. Also reach out to other forums and search categories for his invention, characters, studio and (short) films/animations. As I’m still mainly an illustrator, I’ll be using what I’ve learned throughout the years to hopefully put some of the Fleischer studio drawing style across, use reference for drawings and keep the design simple.
Original Construction plan:
Construction: During tutorial lesson earlier in term 1 we were told about Fleischer studios and the brothers Max and Dave Fleischer, though my comic will be only about Max Fleischer as I rather give more insight into one person’s achievement with 800+/- words than share both brothers accomplishments and perhaps divide attention unevenly. My word count will be based on the information given in text, the count does not include any words in the illustration panels (Such as perhaps names of school on a building, building names in general, signs or even speech bubbles.). Further construction will be that the visual aspect of the comic will show what the text going with said panel explains; Max sitting in a park shows what can be read in the text “Max one day sat in a park and had the greatest idea ever.” for example. I furthermore don’t want to overdo the panels, meaning I’m not aiming for 8 panels on 1 page as I want to have enough room for an illustration to come to its right and the text size to be large enough in order to read it comfortably.
I wanted to keep the design simple and the comic clean, taking reference from original drawings from Fleischer studios. In this regard I deem myself successful. When asking for feedback about the comic and it’s visual appearance the commentary was:
“The illustrations on the first page are very clear in their message. When he’s sat in class, you can clearly see that he’s sat infront of a black board. The rings and the christmas tree make it clear that he either got engaged or married on Christmas day.”
Regarding the characters.
The characters that are illustrated are very recognisable as the original characters.
Overall appearance of the comic, when asking if it appears as rushed, clean, messy or if the size is right.
The comic appears clean and neat, the lines and ‘colouring’ are well formed and compared to the original Fleischer drawings and illustrations are much alike.
I wanted to have enough room for the illustration to come to its right and the text size to be large enough to read comfortably.
The feedback on the construction of the comic was:
“The panels were simply placed, making it easy to read without getting lost in the maze of illustrations or even text. The amount of text was good, it didn’t make any of the panels feel overrun by text or lack of text for the illustration.”
I am very glad that I have decided in the beginning to have the manga be about just one of the Fleischer brothers. The information was overwhelming and would I have gone for both brothers I highly doubt that I would be able to keep the manga as simple and clean as it is.
However, I wasn’t aware of how much information there was and from my original list of things I wanted to involve in the manga, I had to drop a whole bunch of subjects that I originally wanted to put in the comic due to the lack of pages/overwriting the requested amount of words.
I’m pleased with the manga as it does exactly what I wanted it to do: “Creating a small bio that has clean illustration and is simple to read.”
Program review : Manga Studio was very easy and user friendly for this project. The option of creating your own amount of panels, set or self-created gave me a good visual foundation onto which I could build my text and illustrations. Furthermore the pen functions allowed me to give the clean “Fleischer Fountain Pen” type of lines that I really needed for this project.