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Clara Lieu, RISD Adjunct Professor

Clara Lieu
Art Prof & Partner

Casey Roonan, Comics Artist & Cartoonist

Casey Roonan
Teaching Assistant

Lauryn Welch, Painter & Performance Artist

Lauryn Welch
Teaching Assistant

Video Transcript
“My sketchbooks are many things to me. They’re where I throw all of my ideas, they’re where I sketch during class, and they’re also somewhere where I can work on my finished pieces. This is my both, finished and unfinished sketch–sketchbook and this is a piece of various scribbles that I made to try and brainstorm what to do for a piece.

The back of this page, not very good about keeping to one side of the page, and a lot of these drawings are upside down or sideways. This is actually a piece that I made for a grant project that I failed to get. I was supposed to pitch a story and provide some illustrations.

This was for a story called ‘The Musician Wars’ but alas was not picked up, perhaps some day. This was a tutorial that I did. I filmed myself making these sketches because I had someone ask me how I made my cat faces.

This is a quick page of line art that I made for my concepts class to a limerick about a man with a beard and, this is a finished piece, for the same concepts class about pharmaceuticals in rural communities. This is my finished sketchbook, which I use to make my finished comic pages.

And, I know that sketchbooks are meant to be used to practice, but I choose to make finished pieces in this one because I find it more of a personal experience to be able to carry something this size, and because the paper is cheaper.

I update my comic once a week, when I’m able and I used Crayola markers to make these and then go in in Photoshop afterwards to add speech bubbles. Some pages I feel like, are better than others but they all forward the story so I think they serve their function.”

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