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Design, Illustration, Storytelling, Comics, Graphic Novel, Art
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Comics: Art in Relationship

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Skill Level
Beginner
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English
Topics
Design, Illustration, Storytelling, Comics, Graphic Novel, Art
Course Description

Comics are one of the most popular and exciting ways to tell a story. This course offers a look at the fundamental building blocks of the comic book medium. Exploring panel to panel transitions, text to image relationships, and the intricacies of page layouts, students will examine new and innovative ways to bring their stories to life.

This course is designed for both beginning and advanced visual artists. Whether students have tried their hand at comics before or are simply interested in investigating how comics work, this course will provide insights to help storytellers make the most of every page.

schedule

This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Defining Comics (December 19, 2018)
In this session, we will ask a few fundamental questions about what makes comics such a special art form. We’re also going to attempt to identify the basic building blocks we can use to tell compelling stories with the comic book medium.
3 lessons
1. Class Introduction
2. Defining Relationships (Premium Exclusive)
3. Assignment Introduction
Session 2: Comics Relationships (December 26, 2018)
This session will explore various text-image and panel to panel relationships and how to utilize these relationships to create dynamic and engaging comics.
10 lessons
1. Relationship Review
2. Moment to Moment
3. Action to Action
4. Subject to Subject
5. Scene to Scene & Aspect to Aspect (Premium Exclusive)
6. Non- Sequitur & Symbolic
7. Text to Image Relationships: Word Specific
8. Picture Specific & Duo Specific
9. Intersecting & Interdependent (Premium Exclusive)
10. Parallel & Pictorial
Session 3: Time and Space (January 2, 2019)
In this session, we'll explore the role time and space play in comics and how we can utilize the concept of compression and decompression to create exciting narratives in comics.
6 lessons
1. Time and Space
2. Capturing Time in the Gutter
3. Interview with Chuck BB
4. Layouts with Chuck BB
5. Layouts with Chuck BB Part 2 (Premium Exclusive)
6. Concepts in Action (Premium Exclusive)
Session 4: Layout and Grid Design (January 9, 2019)
Each comics page can take on a different personality depending on its panel layout. In this session, we'll explore the impact layouts have on the story you tell with each comic book page you make.
5 lessons
1. Grid Layouts Part I
2. Grid Layouts Part II
3. Grid Layouts Part III
4. Grid Layouts Part IV (Premium Exclusive)
5. Bex Freund: Fever Dreams of the City that Never Was- Comic Walkthrough
Session 5: Thumbnails (January 16, 2019)
In this session, we'll take a close look at planning out a multipage scene through the use of thumbnail sketches.
4 lessons
1. Building a Story
2. Process with Chuck BB
3. Creating a Narrative Arc (Premium Exclusive)
4. Storytelling Process
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What You Need to Take This Course
  • Materials: Pencil, Pen
  • Equipment: Access to Scanner or Digital Camera (Smartphones are fine), Printer to print templates
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