Comic & Cartoon
In this class students will learn the basics of constructing comics. They will create comics with a variety of media to familiarize themselves with different techniques and tools. This class will focus more on basic structures and helping the students gain an understanding of the process. By utilizing tools like references, mannequins, and mirrors students will make 2 to 6 panel single page comic strips. This session is less focused on narrative and more focused on the basic structural side of comics.
In this session students will focus on creating characters that fit a narrative, and world building. Being more familiar with the fundamentals, the students will now create character sheets and settings. This session is more focused on the narrative portion of comic making and fleshing out a central idea. The students will focus on creating a two page story to accompany their character sheets, and they’ll create a room in 1 point perspective.
Now that the students have a better understanding of the techniques required for sequential art, they will tackle creating a 4 page comic. It must have cohesive characters and an arc that spans all 4 pages. The pages will be penciled, inked, colored, and bound so the students experience the full process of comic production that professionals undergo.
In comics 4, students will divide their time between building on the comics skills they already have and honing fundamental drawing techniques they’ll need to become proficient artists. Techniques like understanding basic anatomy, rendering hair and clothes, creating light sources and their shadows, skills like realistic drawing and learning how to apply them to ideas from their imagination. While understanding the structure of comics is essential, understanding the fundamentals of drawing is the base for clear visual narratives.