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Comics: The Art of Storytelling

An 8-week intensive course developing a story idea and learning how to get it published

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Course Overview

Learn how to develop a story and publish it

This course is designed to be an intensive introduction to comics and narrative, from the very first stage to having the comic printed. We will begin by looking at comics and storytelling, then create storyboards and compose our comic pages. We will go over techniques for inking, coloring, and even lighting and special FX. In the last week, we will also talk about how to promote your work and show your project to a publisher!

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Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Photoshop (or equivalent), Graphic tablet/Cintiq (or equivalent). You will need to have from 4 to 8 pages of comic script in order to perform the exercises. If you don't have them, the instructor will provide materials.
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Storyboarding for Animation and strong drawing foundation

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What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Introduction: What´s a comic? | Brief history of comics and storytelling | The most important comic authors and comics | Reading and understanding the script
Breaking the script into pieces | Frames/sequences/scenes | Understanding what is essential in every comic case | Narrative rules and how to break them | Building the primary storyboard
Developing the storyboard | Searching for reference | Character and location design | Concept and style research | Building the secondary storyboard
Shape, number, and frame location | Comparison between European/American/Japanese narrative | Symmetry, rhythm, and narrative | Aesthetics of a comic page
Reference research, objects/locations | Building your comic universe | Basics of drawing: perspective, proportion, and style
Black and white | Clean lines, masses of black | Inking composition
Creating the character color cards | Applying flat colors | Basics of color and light | Tone/hue/saturation | Opposites: warm/cold, positive/negative | Complementary colors, different color schemes
Sound FX and lighting | Photoshop effects (overlay, multiply, etc.) | Kinetic/movement lines: how to apply them | Getting pages ready for the printing | Showing your project to a publisher | Understanding and use of the social media to promote your work
Instructor

Bringing out the best in talent

Originally from Barcelona, Miki studied at Joso School, where he taught color and photoshop for three years. He spent a few years working on storyboards for TV advertisements, designing characters and backgrounds for videogames and animation, and doing concepts for feature films. He then moved to Ireland to work at CartoonSaloon animation studios and also started to work on his comicbook Warship Jolly Roger. For a year plus he lived in Berlin and continued work on his comicbook series. He is now back in Barcelona, currently working on the third book. His comics are being translated to several languages and he keeps collaborating with animation studios such as Laika, in the USA.

August 6th - October 22nd

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$699

COURSE BEGINS

October 15th!

Pricing & Schedule

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education.

These Finance Options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

Payment Plan

Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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