UPCOMING CLASSES: JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2015

HOW TO DRAW COMICS
(previously known as “Layout for Comics” and “Pencilling the Page”)

PREREQUISITE:  none, although some knowledge/experience of drawing would be helpful.

DATES:  Tuesdays 7-10 pm January 6 – February 17 2015

FEES:  $340 (for students who have taken this class before, and would like to repeat it, the price is $290)   Payment accepted by cash, cheque or PayPal (There will be a fee for NSF cheques). Payment is due by the end of the first class.

REGISTRATION/INQUIRES:  email comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com or call us at 905-822-2961 to book a space, and to make payment arrangements. Please note that spaces are limited for each class; registration is on a first-come first-reserved basis.

This is the fundamental how-to course for creating comic art – from blank paper to finished page, through thumbnail sketches, layouts and pencils, this is everything you need to know about how stories are told visually, and how to make great pages come to life.

After seven weeks, the students will understand the rules of panel to panel flow, information streams, page design, close-ups, establishing shots and action panels (and when to use them), character turnarounds, story bibles and so much more! From knife fights aboard an exploding helicopter to romantic conversations over the breakfast table, a step-by-step approach to the how and why of page composition is explored in depth.

A personal guarantee: Artist’s block will become a thing of the past.

Drawing skills are helpful, but NOT REQUIRED for this layout and penciling course. Anyone can learn to tell stories visually, and comic writers are especially encouraged to take this workshop, so that they’ll understand the more visual aspects of this medium.

Bring plenty of paper, pencils and erasers. I will supply some of the layout paper.

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HOW TO INK COMICS

(previously known as “Inking for Comics”)

PREREQUISITES:   none

DATES:  Thursdays 7 – 10pm, January 8 – February 19 2015

FEES:  $340 (for students who have taken this class before, and would like to repeat it, the price is $290)     Payment accepted by cash, cheque or PayPal (There will be a fee for NSF cheques). Payment is due by the end of the first class.

REGISTRATION/INQUIRES:  email comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com or call us at 905-822-2961 to book a space, and to make payment arrangements. Please note that spaces are limited for each class; registration is on a first-come first-reserved basis.

There’s so much more to this craft than tracing the pencils and calling it a day. This course in the nearly lost art of inking and embellishing, prepares the student to work with different brushes, crow-quills, markers and alternative tools. We feature lots of hands-on exercises with textures, line-weights, contours, rendering, and light and shadow, all in service of telling the story, and the development of the artist’s personal style.

From classical geniuses such as Hal Foster, Will Eisner and Wally Wood to modern day masters like Walt Simonson, Danny Miki, Paul Pope, Darwyn Cooke, Chester Brown, and Kevin Nowlan, we examine the history and philosophy of spotting blacks, and making lines.

And we get our hands dirty with new penciled panels and pages by different Marvel, DC, Mad Magazine, Independent or Simpsons artists to ink – every HOUR! Separating planes is what separates the rookies from the pros. Come learn how.

Bring your favorite tools with you (markers, brushes, twigs, etc.), but we’ll find you something to use if you’re missing a kind of brush or quill, don’t worry.

PLEASE NOTE:

Ty will do his best to help students catch up on any lessons missed if they miss a class; a makeup class won’t be the full three hours (as in-class instruction includes class participation, exercises, etc.) but will include all knowledge passed on.

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