Christina Spiegel’s Comic-a-Day
Christina’s skill at comics developed in front of my eyes. I first saw Christina’s comics on Facebook. Later, when I joined Instagram, I noticed she was sharing them there too. Her written content is often dark humor, as evident by the comics I’ve included in this post. They’re philosophical, witty and funny.
Of course I wanted to feature her here because her activity, her hobby, her passion, whatever you want to call it, is an example of the very sort of thing that excites me. What I’m interested in discussing is her ‘self-directed learning.’ What are the things she has to know and be good at in order to create comics? It’s sort of a game to interpret her learned behaviors. Feel free to fill in what I’ve let out, in the comment section. Anyway, I sent her a direct message and asked her a few questions. Her responses are in the yellow boxes.
"You asked about what I've learned from my process. I'm not quite sure how to answer that but I can tell you why I started doing it. I was missing being a creative person. In the past I have enjoyed writing, stand-up comedy, photography, and usually making art of some variety. For me, motherhood and homeschooling take most of my energy. Drawing cartoons is something I can do wherever I am; and I can spend however much time I have working on them. Our whole family likes to draw so we often hang out together at the kitchen table and scribble and chat."
And in another email I asked Christina, what is your source for content, the words in your comics? She said,
"The words are occasionally based on things that I have overheard, definitely observational but usually from my imagination. My words are from life, real or imagined."
Do you read the paper, or anything that might give you ideas for your comics? Please share your resources, if any. Christina wrote:
"I don't really have any print resources that inform my cartoons but I have always been a fan of Lynda Barry and Roz Chaste. I don't think I'm similar to them but they both have qualities that I admire. Roz Chaste is smart and urbane. Lynda Barry is very poignant and often anti-joke." Best, C
Please enjoy three of Christina’s comics. By the way, her comics may not be reproduced without her expressed permission.
So here goes..
With her art, comes Christina’s understanding of the elements of art, including: composition, line, shape, pattern, perspective, light and color.
This seems obvious but it’s a learned skill. She’s using her hands to ‘make’ something, demonstrating a kinesthetic style of learning by controlling her hand movements with a pen. Drawing requires Christina to have a knack for spatial judgment; an ability to visualize an image from her mind’s-eye to the page.
Her medium, a pen, requires an understanding of how to employ the pen and ink techniques below: Image above from The Virtual Instructor
Her comics have words associated with her image. Her use of words suggests she has a high verbal-linguistic intelligence.
Her words are a type of creative-writing style. Christina’s written content is articulate and funny at the same time. I’ll bet she’s good at reading, writing, and telling stories as well.
She has developed an understanding and careful observation of people’s moods, feelings, temperaments and motivations, as evident by her comics.
By doing a comic-a-day, she’s showing her commitment, persistence, and time management skills.
Christina Spiegel making a comic.
Christina could have taken a class to learn how to make comics, but she chose to do it on her own at home. She’s resourceful and practical. She had a desire to be more creative again. She went for it and has grown from the doing. I hope her comics get published in magazines and I wonder where she’ll take this next…
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Sources: Multiple Intelligences Oasis, Howard Gardner’s Official Site for MI Theory