Category: Illustrating Words

Illustrated Urban Planning Manual, Summer 2017

Graphic novels are taking off everywhere! In it’s latest form, Gabriel Lyon of Chicago’s Architecture Foundation is running a successful Kickstarter campaign to provide graphic novels that teach Chicago Public School students about urban planning. The book is titled, No Small Plans, and highlights the lives of three youth individuals during three separate times periods in the…

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Inspiration: Latino USA – A Cartoon History

Original Post from old blog: Aug 19, 2013 6:00 AM For about ten years I have had Latino USA: A Cartoon History on my bookshelf in the back of my classroom. I think that it is difficult for anyone in the genre of non-fiction and graphic/comics to give a title to the genre, but I think it safely…

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A Rabbi, an Imam, and a Pastor all Walk into a Juice Bar

Original Post date on old WordPress site: Jul 31, 2013 10:32 PM Words can not even begin to describe how difficult this past unit has been to write. This unit consists of language and religion components. The language section flew by and then I began to teach three weeks of summer school which really put a…

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Inspiration: Reading With Pictures

Kickstarter is this amazing website that allows people to pitch in and help fund grassroots artists, businesses, and projects that might otherwise have a tough time getting sponsors.  While I was sifting one day on their site, I came across Reading with Pictures, a not-for-profit that is looking to get comics into the hands of school…

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Creating Text Boxes for your comic Illustrations Using Adobe Illustrator

Since my illustrated text is being created in Adobe Illustrator in “comic” format, I am going to be using text and thought bubbles a lot.  There are some pretty easy tutorials on Youtube that helped me out and I thought that I would write a post that showed my process to make one.  Once I…

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Inspiration: Nick Sousanis

The best place to get inspired is to see who is the best in the business.   I am inspired by the possibilities of writing a textbook for my students in illustrated format. Daunting, I know.  But what better type of textbook to write one for than a geography course? My husband has two art degrees…

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