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QUACKCAST 535 - the teachcast

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, June 15, 2021

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Webcomicers need to learn to draw and write in order to become webcomicers. There are many other skills and also different ways to make webcomics, BUT most of us draw and or write. Here Tantz and I talk about terrible teachers of these skills and better ways to learn :)
(Also, Jason from Friday the 13t is a big fat buttface)

When it comes to creativity it's a tricky thing to learn and teach, Mainly the most important thing is learning the raw skills you need in order to produce that creativity. A bad teacher will try and impose their own notion of creativity on you, use jargon, skip steps and basically not explain to you WHY you do certain things. Good teaching in creative feilds is about skills, techniques, tools, learning the terminology, and the reasoning behind things.

What were some of the worst and best expereinces YOU had when learning to draw or write? Who were the bad teachers, the good teachers, the bad lessons and the good ones?

This week Gunwallace has given us a theme to Necroblivion - The raw, bussing fuzz of distorted electric guitar over calm, almost celebratory rhythm driven music brings to mind the sounds of North African Tuareg band Tinariwen. This is quite a positive vibe and a very African sound.

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Featured comic:
Fatman -

Featured music:
Necroblivion - - by Paneltastic, rated M.

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Tantz Aerine -
Ozoneocean -

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PaulEberhardt at 7:56AM, June 16, 2021

In the end, the only one who can really teach you how to do artwork is yourself. All that a good teacher can do is 1. recognise what you're trying to do and give you guidance in how to achieve it and 2. challenge you with different approaches or ways of thinking to fuel your creativity. Oh right, and 3. introduce you to the old masters and why they're still famous, and 4. do it in a way that no one ever has to wonder what the heck they have to be in this class for. That's still more than enough to keep a good teacher quite busy, come to think of it. πŸ˜‰ Especially in this subject it depends a lot on how you get along personally. At school I didn't, which was partly my own fault, even if I'd never have admitted it - so I did everything they wanted but put a lot of effort into not doing it in the way they wanted me to. In retrospect, I actually ended up learning much more that way than any teacher good or bad could have possibly hoped for.

Ozoneocean at 12:46AM, June 16, 2021

Agreed! Taking time to explain simple things is valuable and not glossing over stuff! I get lost when people jump to jargon and abreviations for things...

cdmalcolm1 at 8:38AM, June 15, 2021

I’d have to say the worst teacher is myself towards me. Learning is very complex on how to do things when no one can help you answer questions that you may have. This happens mostly with me learning Programming languages. Research will become your best friend only after the grunt work is done. As far as bad teachers? To me are the ones who only lectured and never want to answer a question or two if my understanding was lack there of. (Shame on me for not knowing before taking a β€œclass” to learn.) I rather learn then be lectured. If your going to lecture me, at least be entertaining. The best teachers for me were the ones that explain in detail in a simple way. From writing to rendering, reading to understanding, and consistency to repetition. Finding those real teachers are gems πŸ’Ž. They show you where you are weakest and bless you with ways to strengthen those weaknesses to be your strength. I learn on a different wavelength than most.

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