Student Illustrations on Display at Local Comic Book Shop

January 10 2017
Category: The Arts

Higgins illustrations
Comic book illustration by Gabrielle Higgins '18

Super heroes, villains, aliens from another planet – all captured in the imaginative world of comics and a new art exhibition from Elmira College students.

Illustrating Comics: An Exhibition of Elmira College Student Art will be on display January 11 through February 18 at the Heroes Your Mom Threw Out Comic Shop in Elmira Heights, New York as part of the annual Arts Alive events occurring throughout Term II.

The community is invited to an artist reception on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the shop located at 130 West 14th Street in Elmira Heights. The exhibit can be viewed through February 18 during regular store hours: Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The students created short comics as their final assignment for Aaron Kather’s Illustration I class during the Fall 2016 term. The only limitations were that students were asked to make a two-page comic with the suggested mediums of either ink on bristol board, or watercolor paint on watercolor paper. Using Scott McCloud’s Making Comics for reference, and a wide-ranging collection of graphic novels for inspiration, the unique vision of these students shines through in their variety of styles and approaches to the project.

As the class learned, many hours of work go into making comics. This project was part of a larger unit that explored the creative decisions involved in expressing a narrative visually, whether as a single image (as in traditional book illustration), or as a sequence of images (as in comics, picture books, and film). The students made many decisions about how to break their stories into key moments, create a sense of pacing, compose each frame, effectively use text, layout their pages, and adopt an appropriate style to fit the narrative.

The artists include: 

Andrew Askinazi '19 (Nursing) 

Aya Watanabe '19 (Art) 

Blaithe Donovan '17 (Visual Arts) 

Gabrielle Higgins '18 (Psychology) 

Megan Spirowski '20 (Biology)