The Creation Of Captivating Comics

Sparacio Shares His Painting Process And Experiences As A Comic Artist

Recently, Professor Mark Sparacio held a comic book event in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall to educate students on his method of creating illustrations by discussing the development of his sketches, his use of photo references, his use of traditional art supplies and by showcasing his previously completed works of art.

For the past several decades, comic books have been a significant source of entertainment for amazing artwork and stories. The storytelling elements found in comic books are as enjoyable for many consumers to read as they are for artists to create. As he demonstrated his process of painting, Sparacio shared his past experiences and helpful tips for developing a story for a comic book.

“Storytelling is one of those things where you really have to get a feeling for the characters,” said Sparacio. “You want to be able to tell that story and make it exciting for not only yourself as the artist and writer but the reader as well.”

As an artist that completes his finished pieces in watercolors, Sparacio works with the Japanese brand of paints called Holbein, Winsor and Newton Series 7 Sable paint brushes and Strathmore 500 series illustration paper. When demonstrating his painting technique, Sparacio shared the importance of using photo references when drawing and painting.

Sparacio recommended several books to the audience, including Comic and Sequential Art by Will Eisner, Drawing Comics the Marvel Way by Stan Lee, Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud and The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics by Dennis O’Neil. Individuals who wish to create and profit from their artwork would benefit greatly from looking at these resources.

“Thanks to scanners, the internet, emails, FTP sites, FedEx, and thanks to all the technology that has come out, you can be anywhere in the world doing artwork for major companies any other place in the world,” said Sparacio.

The College of Communication and Design hopes to inspire students to pursue their dream careers. Because of the technological advances that students have at their disposal, it is easier than ever to sell artwork to clients without location being an inconvenience.

“[Students] have to look for jobs while they are in school,” said Sparacio. “[School] is where dedication, perseverance and sacrifice comes in handy. Start looking at school as being a profession. It is a stepping stone to being a professional.”

The event concluded with giveaways of his Omega Paradox posters and comic books. Sparacio graciously autographed his work for the students lining up to speak with him after his event.

Students who wish to pursue artistic career opportunities and create similar artwork are encouraged to seek information and advice from any of the faculty members in the College of Communication and Design. 

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