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‘Zine’ in a Weekend

As part of a collaboration with Wimbledon Bookfest we worked with artist Ania Bas to create and publish a Zine in a weekend.

Taking literary inspiration we decided to publish a zine for budding authors on what makes a good children’s book from the point of view of the children.

We would have 2 afternoons to produce and edit the material.

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We began by warming up our bodies and minds and getting to know each other.

We did some drawing activities around the idea of portrait and character.dsc_0008 Imagining charactersdsc_0015 Drawing each other while linked togetherdsc_0016 dsc_0020 dsc_0022 dsc_0025 Drawing each other from memorydsc_0028 dsc_0033 dsc_0035 dsc_0036 dsc_0039 dsc_0042 dsc_0043 We made some pretty good portraits to begin with.dsc_0047 dsc_0048 dsc_0049 dsc_0050 dsc_0051 dsc_0052 dsc_0053 dsc_0054 dsc_0055 dsc_0058 dsc_0059 dsc_0060 dsc_0061

We started to think about what makes a GREAT character and brainstormed some of our favourites.

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We then moved on to looking at some of Ania’s publications, printed on a Riso printer. This is an economical and environmentally friendly way to print which uses recycled paper – and the type of print we would go for!dsc_0072 dsc_0073 dsc_0076 dsc_0081

We had decided to print in 2 colour – so all our drawings would have to be in a limited palette of 2 colours!dsc_0084

We started by drawing our favourite character in an exciting action – to let our audience know what we find interesting.dsc_0087 dsc_0092 dsc_0093 dsc_0096 dsc_0098 dsc_0099 dsc_0104 dsc_0105 dsc_0110 dsc_0111 dsc_0112 dsc_0113 dsc_0114 dsc_0115 dsc_0116 dsc_0117 dsc_0118 dsc_0119 dsc_0120

Next we learnt some new collage techniques to give our characters new properties.dsc_0121

We made an outline of a character and filled it with collage material that said something about our character.dsc_0126 dsc_0130 dsc_0131 dsc_0132 dsc_0133 dsc_0137 dsc_0142 dsc_0143 dsc_0146 dsc_0147 dsc_0152 dsc_0155 dsc_0158 dsc_0159 dsc_0160 dsc_0162 dsc_0164 dsc_0165

We then went on to do some thinking and brainstorming on what makes a good character. We came up with a list of titles to go in the zine.dsc_0175

We painted them in bold, 2 colour posters that could be shrunk on the computer and inserted into the finished publication.dsc_0177 dsc_0179 dsc_0180 dsc_0183 dsc_0184 dsc_0185 dsc_0188 dsc_0189 dsc_0190

We then made more paintings of the characters alter ego or arch enemy!dsc_0191 dsc_0195 dsc_0196 dsc_0199 dsc_0200 dsc_0203 dsc_0207 dsc_0208

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Our group of senior editors – those on the 2 day course – decided the title for the magazine.
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We had some great material at the end of the first day.

Page one will be all about characters, during day 2 we will explore what makes a good plot.

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Senior editors will work to select and edit material for the final zine that will then go to the designers, publishers and finally to you – hopefully in about a month.

We hope they enjoy the process!

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