Tagiarkisto ‘Karri’

* Open pikakoulutus // Teacher’s speed training

Kirjoitettu 4.11.2010 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.


(1: Yesterday when planning next week’s gig in Orivesi I met Karri… 2: Do you mind if I draw? – Yeah, not at all 3: How you received any comments, what the current student’s are like? – Nno, not really… On the other hand I’ve been on the move a lot for the past few weeks.4: They are a bit more restless than you were. Some days are a bit slim on the class participations. – Hm. 5: What’s your approach? – (There.) My teaching is purely based on the mistakes I and the others made. I even got their permission. 6: A good starting point… – To be honest I have nothing else so far. 7: You have some who are more experienced, right? – There’s a couple of experienced ones, the other one’s almost my age. They both have their visions. 8: I think I have a ’mild’ credibility problem when I get there. *You bet with that hairdo*- Naaah, just relax your wrist and you’ll do fine.)

Pyöritän siis viikon kurssia, jossa aloitetaan porukalla pitkän sarjakuvan suunnittelu. Koska en ole mikään erityisen kokenut tai suuri visionääri, voin pohjata opetuksen vain omiin ja muiden epäonnistumisiin. Epäonnistuminen on kuitenkin erinomainen opettaja, eikä sitä pitäisi aliarvioida. Toivottavasti kaikki menee hyvin, ja todellakin toivon että jengi jaksaa tehdä töitä loppuun asti.

So I’m supervising a week long course where we begin to plan the long comic project. Because I’m not that experienced or a great visionnaire, the base for my teaching is on my and the other students’ failures. However failure is an excellent teacher and one shouldn’t underestimate it. I hope everything goes well and truly hope the guys keep working to the end.

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* Sarjakuvafestivaalit 11.-12.9. // Helsinki comics festival 11.-12.9.

Kirjoitettu 13.09.2010 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.


(Comic Festivals! Saturday… 3: I have the itch that I’m not gonna win anything. It doesn’t make me that sad, though…  4: I wonder where all the others are? 6: Okay now I’m nervous)

(1: Didn’t win any places. 2: Kinda saw it coming but it still ’hit’ me. 3: A new try next year? – Oof! 4: It’s okay, Auntie Kylli competition makes me feel better. – Where’s my tooth?! )

Hekumallinen kuva, jonka piirsin Suomi-Ruotsi-maaottelun inspiroimana. Magneettiseen kielilukkoon antautuivat Ville Pirinen ja Kolbeinn Karlsson (sain molempien nimmarit!). Alempana Black Peiderin nimmari herkullisena yksityiskohtana.

The Finland vs Sweden match inspired me to draw this lustful picture. This magnetic tongue lock features Ville Pirinen and Kolbeinn Karlsson (got their autographs!). The lower signature belongs to Black Peider (Petteri Tikkanen) and serves as a delicious little detail.

(*remember that in my notebook the arrow points to the Ville x Kolbeinn picture* 1: I just creamed myself! BUT… 2: I overheard a small fragment of a comic  blog panel conversation – Comic blogs don’t get muc constructive criticism concerning the quality… 3: … and those who comment are usually people the blogger is already familiar with. 4: I’ve noticed this myself. Outsider commentors are a rarity. I haven’t received that much constructive critisism either… 5:… and if I did how much would I work for progress? 6: Talented obviously succeed but do people expect blog comics to be really that good?? * Or diary comics?)

(1: Could it be that comic diaries are good only for maintaining drawing routine? 2: It does improve your perception but other than that it doesn’t help much. Or does it? Does it?? 3: Oh well. This outburst is probably related to the fact that this blog is almost one year old. 4: I’ve updated the blog and churned out a reasonable amount of small prints. But what about this year? Quality? Content? What? 5: I must admit that I haven’t really thought of how I should pursue my career, not once. I just want to draw. But it’s not enough. – With these thoughts my Saturday ends…)


(Comics Festival SUNDAY!! – Jeans and a towel make the best pillow. 1: Today the morning was kinda slow. – Pete let’s go! – *whimper*2: We won’t make it to the Nissinen’s interview, but there’s Manninen’s Steve Ditko analysis- – Wanna go eat something? – YES. 3: We didn’t spot Pirinen or any of the yesterday’s heros, but I still bought one copy of Pirinen’s newest for Miikka. – Here, have this neat postcard! *Varataivas by Anne Muhonen* – signatures are cool but it’s possible to live without.)

(1: Time went by so quickly that I was a little surprised when people started departing towards their homes… *1st arrow: The backpack weighted 6 kilos & 4 hours in a train* *2nd arrow: Whimpered just for the fun of it*- Bye bye, it was nice to see you!  2: Damn, my train leaves in two hours too! 3: I bumped into Karri who was on his way to the ’Comic schools of Finland presented’ interview. -Wanna tag along? To speak? – When? – In 1-2 minutes. 4: That way I met some students from Muurla. – They were alright! 5: Pant! Soon after that I realised that my train was departing in 20 minutes. No ticket and my stuff were still in the locker… I was in a HURRY. 6: Then what? Well, along with the little crisis I got pretty good experiences and equally good comics. 7: The amount of work I did was ok considering how inexperienced I was… Now it’s time for more demanding tasks. We’ll see what I have come up with until next festival. Whew.)

Pienoinen kriisi tosiaan tarttui mukaan. Olen miettinyt mitä tämä blogi tarvitsee oman päiväkirjaotteeni lisäksi, ja miten onnistuisin toteuttamaan sen koulun ohella. Tuo kriisi voi ollakin ehkä parasta mitä festareilta tarttui mukaani, jos sillä saan tarjontaani kehitettyä edes piirun verran eteenpäin.

So I got this little crisis while I was in Helsinki. I’ve been wondering what this blog needs apart from being my own personal diary and how to achieve it with the school distracting me. That crisis just might be the best thing I got from the festival if I know how to use it to make my comics become something a little bit better.

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* Viimeinen viikko – Torstai ja Perjantai // The Last Week – Thursday and Friday

Kirjoitettu 22.05.2010 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.


(1: Pete is our class’ expert on shit. He specializes in old cartoons. 2: From his initiative we have watched The Bluffers, Maxie’s World, Superman… Not to mention Superted…  3: Today it was absolutely necessary to watch ” Barbie in Space” – Want! 4: Success was guaranteed. – This is so SHITTY! 5:  Iiris I gotta have this video! – You can’t, it’s mine. – SELL IT! – No I won’t! – WHY?! – Well I don’t know for fuck sake!)

Torstai vielä meni. Siivoiltiin ja muisteltiin menneitä… Peten takia katsottiin myös vanhoja lasten videoita, joita oli kasaantunut luokan kaappeihin. Perjantaina olikin sitten ihan eri fiilis.

Thursday was still okay. We were cleaning up and recollected the past months… Because of Pete we also watched old children’s videos we had stashed in our class lockers. Friday felt completely different. ** For those who don’t understand why we think so poorly of The Bluffers, I recommend watching clips featuring the Finnish dub on Youtube. **

(1: Today we wacthed more ”The Bluffers”. Eating warm pudding didn’t ease the sensation. 2: Yesterday we destroyed the cardboard poor-man we built for the comic exhibition. Inside it’s arm we collected whopping 41 euros. 3: Then… Friday turned into a sea of tears. – Bye Bye, Kitty… – Bye bye, Super Smash Bros. Brawl sessions… I never learned to play it… – NO! – YES! – Bye bye, Teachers… You were epic. Catch you later… – I really wasn’t supposed to cry my eyes out or draw long good byes… But fuck it, I couldn’t help it, this year has been incredible.)

Bye then, you all.

(1: My frist week is almost over. I have learned that I’m not ready. Not even close.  Since I’m used to being ’a big fish in a small pond’, this bothers me a bit. 2: Being distressed is still a normal part of creative process and is a vital part of growth and development. Therefore I’m am getting ’better’ all the time. 3: I hate beginnings.)

Koska olo oli niin hakea ja niin oudon surullinen, pistän tähän postaukseen loppukevennyksen. Eilen illalla, ennen kuin muutuin angstaavaksi zombiksi, piirsin päihtyneenä ystävieni pyynnöstä Chewbaccan ja sille tyttökaveriksi Shebaccan.

Because I felt so melancholic and strangely sad I end my post with something more lighter. Yesterday night, before I became an angsty zombie, from my friends’ request I drew Chewbacca and his lady friend, Shebacca.

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* Viikko ennen Kupliita

Kirjoitettu 15.03.2010 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.


(1: 46 completed pages. 2: No more need for finishing touches. Karri’s approval. Cover is in the making. 3: Album assembling, START!!)

Jotenkin tästä mun pitkiksestä tuli 46 sivua pitkä. Ihmetyttää vieläkin miten se on mahdollista, koska lisättyjä sivuja kohden on myös poistettuja sivuja. Eipä siinä mitään, lehdestä tuli albumi.

Somehow my project grew to contain 46 pages. I’m still amazed how that was possible, since I didn’t only add pages but removed some also. I’m not complaining though, my small print just turned into an album.

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* Kill your darlings

Kirjoitettu 8.02.2010 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.


(After Karri’s gentle, constructive critisism… – Hey, don’t worry, these pages are just a bit rough on th’ edges… – All of my comics are ”a bit rough on th’ edges”.   It really wasn’t that big deal.)

Karri saapui avuksemme nyt kahdeksi viikoksi. Tehdään pitkistä, järkätään pieni näyttely Oriveden kirjastoon ja käydään läpi materiaalia Tampere Kupliita varten. Karri halusi kuitenkin nähdä mitä olemme tähän asti saaneet aikaiseksi ja vaikuttaa siltä, etten osaa lopettaa sarjakuviani oikein.

Myönnän että sarjakuvieni syvyysaste on lähinnä kahluualtaan tasolla. Haluan oppia vähän syvällisemmäksi tarinankertojaksi ja tehdä töitä sen eteen. Kaikki olennainen rakentavan kritiikin vastaanottamiseksi ja käsittelemiseksi on siis valmiina, mutta kyllähän se kirpaisi silti. Muutin joitakin lapsuus-teeman sarjakuvia, mutta pidin pääni tiettyjen sivujen kanssa. Nyt vain mietin, teinkö oikein? Pää on pyörällä niin monen opettajan jäljiltä, etten tiedä ketä uskoa.

Karri came to help us for the next two weeks. We’ll work on the long project, organize a small expedition at the local library and spool through small print material for the Tampere Kuplii comics festival. However Karri wanted to read what we have drawn so far and now it seems, that I don’t know how to end my comics in a proper way.

I admit, that my comics have the depth of a kid’s pool. I want to become a better storyteller and I’m ready to work to achieve it. So, all the necessary components for receiving and processing  constructive critisism is there, but it’s still a pain. I changed some of the last week’s childhood comics, but not all of them. Now I’m wondering, did I choose right? We’ve had so many different teachers that now I’m puzzled and don’t know who to believe.

Ai joo, junassa mä tein tämmötteen sarjakuvan naakasta:

Tämä pikku naakka etsi ruokaa roskiksesta. Sitten se löysi muovipakkauksen, jossa on ollut täytetty patonki.  Pakkauksessa oli suolakurkkuviipale ja  onneton  suikale paprikaa. Suolakurkku ei ollut hyvää.  Naakka heitti sen takaisin pakkauksen sisään, josta oli sen ottanut(!). Seuraavaksi nokittiin paprikasuikaletta. Sehän olikin hyvää, niin hyvää, että naakka näytti vähän aikaa tyytyväiseltä kun se katsoi suoraan junaan päin. Naakka lensi aarteensa kanssa pois, loppu.

This little jackdaw was looking in the dumpster for food. Then it found a plastic sub container. In that container there was a pickle slice and a piece of bell pepper. The pickle wasn’t good. The jackdaw threw it back into the container(!). Then it pecked the bell peppera bit. It was good, so good that for a minute it seemed pleased as it looked towards the train. The jackdaw flew away with it’s treasure, the end.

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