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I have a lot of ideas for some comic books and I've been making an outline and script for a few of the ideas.  So I was wondering for a design of one of my art styles for a comic book to be drawn in first person.  As in a view that you see in the comic book will be through the eyes of a character in the story.  You'd be seeing things from their eyes, so you can only see the hands/arms,buildings,people that the character is talking to, or whatever the character is looking at and is in his peripheral vision.  Example would be the character is handed an envelope, you'd see on the page/scene hands reaching out grabbing the letter.  Hopefully you understand what I'm talking about.  Could you tell me if its been done before, or if it would be difficult?

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Hi....
I understand perfectly what you are talking about and I will be honest
I have mixed feelings on this...

I feel that to use the 'first person' as a subject is wonderful in certain
scenarios,which would, if drawn correctly and with a good composition, would add
a powerful statement to your comic book story...AT THE RIGHT TIME.

But, to use it all the time, I feel would be a bit frustrating for the audience, for
I believe the readers feel more comfortable and complete when they get the whole picture, and not just the view of the character.

Drawing scenes with the character just looking or holding an object or seeing the object
is very difficult because of the perspective angle...

Have you ever seen sports shots of the athlete with a helmet camera? The camera is telling the viewer what the athlete is seeing and going through and if you think about it, or next time you see the 'camera view' of what that person is seeing, watch and see how distorted and 'fish eye'
the shots are, especially when the camera is focusing on the athlete...
I, as a viewer don't like it, for I am use to seeing the view from another camera shooting the scene, where I am getting the whole "story."

But this is my preference, and I believe I know where you are coming from here...."To be different." to tell the story in an unusual way, to step outside the box...I have seen this done in various comic books, especially like in spider man where he is jumping off a tall building and you are 'riding' the flight with him...you are he...and you can feel the thrill of the fall and the swing of the lines to another building as you rapidly descend, then whoosh up onto another building at lighting fast speed... these are the times you want to use "First Person."

Balance in your story and your drawing telling the story is what makes a good comic book.
Thank you for your question, and I hope that I have helped....
Good luck in your endeavors, I can also say...if you want to do your comic book in the 'first person" go for it...experiment, and try it out...for you never know if you will be successful unless you try.

Sincerely,
Sequoia Cougar  

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I am a well rounded artist with many years of experience, and I feel I can answer with detail and accuracy most any question that might be asked that pertains to all types of art. I can not answer to the fullest about oil painting, because I don't oil paint. But I do know the material and what is a good oil paint, and the types of brushes to use as well as types of canvas. I am very capable of answering just about any questions relating to strip, gag, and illustration cartooning, scripting for graphic novels and comic books, (but I admit that I can not draw the 'action figure,' as they do now, but I know what is correct, and what isn't in human and animal anatomy. I can teach correct and dynamic perspective, action, " emotional feeling," and can get the student that has the comic book artistic flair to improve their stories and drawing where they can tell an energetic story. My genre is in cartooning and realistic drawing. But I also can teach perspective in such a way to where the student can quickly pick up this difficult subject. (This is a subject I know a comic book student must have.) Shading, coloring, with most any art media. I know where to buy art supplies, how these art materials work because of my experience selling these products what kind art supplies such as paper, paint, ink, colored pencils, and graphite pencils that the artist will need for their craft.

Experience

QUALIFICATIONS- I have over 30 years of experience in all facets of art, including, Illustration, Cartooning, Clay and Ceramics, Graphic Art, Fine Art, directing art projects for students and clients. I have an wide amount of knowledge in this field, which includes, an extensive knowledge of art materials,selling and buying art materials, consulting customers on the proper use of their art materials. Printing, layout, and Illustrative techniques. I can work on both the PC and Mac (Mac is not my preference) I have completed many Graphic Design projects for my customers, a few of which are, Realtors, Doctors, Hairdressers, Veterinarians I am in the process of publishing a book on Perspective which required working with Word 95, 98 2000. Other programs that I have worked with are: Works, Print Shop 5, 10, some in Corel Draw, Painter 3-D, Photo Shop 5.5, Illustrator 8.0, Page Maker , Quark XPress and Grafix. And am currently trying to learn Dreamweaver and Fireworks for Web design. For over 11 years I had been teaching art.at my own shop called “Graphic Cat School of Art.” I had taught for over two years at Tualatin Recreational Center.. I also have taught at the Oregon school for troubled children Currently I am a retired Correctional Officer at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, which in my spare tine I had taught art to the female inmates. I am currently am under a new business name of, “Cartoon Cougar Studio.” Under this name I am teaching online art classes and comic book script writing. I am also teaching art lessons out of my home.

Organizations
I have had no time to join any organizations. I was a member of COW (Cartoonist of Oregon) in 2000...

Publications
I did gag cartoons for Leatherneck magazine from 1990- 2005 The ARC newspaper (before it went out of business. 1990) I did a strip called "The adventures of the Pump House gang." which was I was asked to do a cartoon strip with disabled characters.

Education/Credentials
1989- 2000 - Graphic Cat School of Illustration and Cartooning. Owner and manager of own my own business. 1997-2000- Tualatin Hills Conestoga Rec. & Aquatic Center Part-time. EDUCATION: 1965-1967 American Academy of Art Chicago, Ill 1983- 1984- Associates in Arts and Science- Clark College, Vancouver, Wash. 1984 –1985 -Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Design- Clark College, Vancouver, Washington 1999-2000- New Horizons, Mac training in Page Maker and PhotoShop- Portland, Oregon 2001- to 2002- Portland Community College- Psychology, and typing

Awards and Honors
Have won first prize in the COW cartooning gag illustration. Received the Edda McCormick art scholarship at Clark College in 1984.

Past/Present Clients
Have illustrated for a private client, promoting cat characters (the main character was a blue harmonica playing jazz cat called "Bluzkat." for harmonica seminars that has been done in New Orleans. and Oregon. (Now, put on hold) Have scripted and drawn a few ideas for characters for a comic book series called "Vampeer" (now not being published.) I have also drawn children's illustrations for clients that want to self publish their own work. These were drawings that were commissioned, and thus, given to them of which they did what they liked with them. I have gone to many fairs and street art and have done caricatures of both animals and people. When I had my shop I did many logos for clients that ranged from hair dressers, to Doctors, to contractors, and drew for real estate clients. I worked on the Clark College newspaper and did illustrations for them. At the present, I am not working for anyone, but trying to promote my own books, and teaching, as well as doing wood projects for bazaars and art shows.

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