• Corrina Crazie Espinosa

Zine: tell me a visual story

Updated: Aug 25

Project 1 A Zine - Tell me a visual story. You will make an 8 - 16 page zine (how ambitious are you?)

  • Start by brainstorming to decide your theme/concept.

  • Next begin creating a series of 4-8 digital collages in Photoshop AND 4-8 digital drawings in either Illustrator, Procreate or something similar.

  • Make 2 more images any way that you like (front cover, back cover).

  • Use captions and narration sparingly, focus on the visual elements.

  • Consider the elements and principles of design.

  • Themes can be simple (coffee, cats, the color blue, abstract shapes, I like circles, etc.) or more complex (a narrative, a series of selfies, a comic, why do we exist, what is love, why are we here, is there a god, why does this dystopia suck so bad? Is Elvis really just chillin 'with Tupac somewhere in Brazil? etc.)

  • You can also make it interactive.

  • Next, turn your still images into a zine, print it in color, make a minimum of 2 copies (one for you and one for me), post all of your images on your blog with your artist statement.

If you want to do a class zine exchange that would be awesome, and optional. ZINE PARTY!

First, let's talk about images.

This is a painting by Anton von Maron, Portrait of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, 1768, What do you notice about this image?

Let's discuss....

  • What can you tell about this person?

  • How can you tell?

  • What is going on here?

  • What is important in this picture?

Now compare and contrast it with the image below:

This is a photo of an installation by Artist Erik Kessels.

  • What can you tell about this person?

  • How can you tell?

  • What is going on here?

  • What is important in this picture?

Here is a statement from the artist:

"We’re exposed to an overload of images nowadays. This glut is in large part of the result of image-sharing sites like Flickr, networking sites like Facebook and Instagram and picture-based search engines. Their contact mingles the public and private, with the very personal being openly displayed. By printing 350.000 images, uploaded in a twenty-four hours period, the feeling of drowning in representations of other peoples’ experiences is visualized."

With this project, consider the sacredness vs. the oversaturation of images.

Can images still be sacred?

What makes an image sacred to you?

Deception Aesthetic, lies vs. truth

All Art is illusion-- lies, deception, trickery... Consider the much-discussed painting, The Treachery of Images ("Ceci n'est pas une pipe"; "This is not a pipe"), by the French surrealist painter, René Magritte (1898-1967).

This is not a pipe. What is this? What is a pipe? You cannot pack tobacco into this, you cannot light it, you cannot puff smoke out of it. This is NOT a pipe. It is a metaphor, it is a representation, it is a symbol, it is an illusion, a lie, trickery...

What is this?

How do you know?

Are you sure?

what about this?

is this the same?

What is this?

How do you know?

Is the meaning different?

so then, what is this?

how do you know?

Does it mean the same thing?

what about this?

which ones are real?

which ones are lies?

What are these?

How do you know?

What's the true version?

Is there a true version? Is there truth? is everything an illusion that shifts with perspective?

The Artist as MAGICIAN: How to create illusions?

If all art is illusion, how to we harness the power of this magic? With the elements and principles of art/design!

"The elements of art are the visual tools that the artist uses to create a composition. These are line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space.

The principles of art represent how the artist uses the elements of art to create an effect and to help convey the artist's intent."

Marder, Lisa. "The 7 Principles of Art and Design." ThoughtCo, Jul. 30, 2021, thoughtco.com/principles-of-art-and-design-2578740.

Elements and Principles of design resources:



Put it all together to tell a visual story:

Watercolor Illustration Of A Young...

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