Metaphrog visit for Fraserburgh Academy

Metaphrog visit to Fraserburgh Academy.
Metaphrog visit to Fraserburgh Academy.

A couple of comic writers, novelists and illustrators have visited Fraserburgh Academy to speak about their work to pupils.

Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers, known as Metaphrog, have been creating comics, graphic novels and illustrations since 1996.

Their Louis series has received several prestigious awards and has received support from Creative Scotland and the Scottish Arts Council. They deliver talks and workshops around the world to critical acclaim.

Metaphrog paid the school a visit and spoke to the school’s S3 Art pupils and a small class of S1 English pupils who are taking part in a graphic novels competition. The visit was partly funded by the Scottish Book Trust.

Pupils were told about the history of comics, how they evolved and the techniques used both in Britain and worldwide. They were also shown a brief movie of how they start a story, develop the characters and the techniques they use with colour, shapes and speech bubbles to create the appropriate scene, mood and so on.

With help and guidance from Metaphrog, the pupils then had the chance to create and draw their own comic characters.