Drawing for graphic novels

Course Dates: 19/06/20 - 17/07/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:

Explore the creative potential of the graphic novel. Learn how to script and storyboard innovative narratives and create exciting characters and compositions.

Description

What is the course about?

Develop your drawing and illustration skills and learn how to harness the method of sequential storytelling to create your own exciting comics. A wide spectrum of contemporary examples and materials will be used to encourage you to think creatively and employ an innovative approach. Over the duration of this course you will learn how to plan, create, execute and print your own comic.

What will we cover?

- What are Comics? Looking at the work of key creators
- Using a sketchbook to generate ideas
- Planning a story
- Designing characters
- Different methods of drawing and mark making
- Text and Lettering
- Exploring different methods of sequential story telling
- Preparing your art work for print.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Undertake visual research
- Write your own script
- Plan and create your own story
- Use drawing and mark making to develop and enhance your story
- Complete a page of a Comic Story
- Understand a range of different printing processes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course, no prior experience is required.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through illustrated demonstrations, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and hand-outs. The course will require you to draw a lot. In some circumstances you may be asked to finish an exercise in your own time, ready for the next class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need your own pens and A4 sketchbook for completing work at home. Other materials will be provided for work in the studio.

It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.)

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your skills further with VF502 Drawing caricatures or compliment your illustration skills with a range of courses in illustration, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

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If you’re interested in learning the basics of sequential art, character design and preparing a plot for creating a graphic novel, this course is for you.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/07/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Dee Shulman Tutor Website

Dee studied English at York University, and Illustration at Harrow School of Art, and has worked as a writer and illustrator ever since – from book-jackets, theatre posters, magazine illustration, graphic novels, to Young Adult and children’s books. She has written and/or illustrated over 50 books ranging from board books to Young Adult. She is published in the UK by Penguin, Random House, Harper Collins, OUP, Barrington Stoke, Heinemann & A & C Black, with co-editions in Germany, Russia, China, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Serbia, Poland, France, Finland, Italy, Holland, Korea, USA, and Japan. Dee has exhibited at the Illustration Cupboard London; Royal National Theatre; Barbican Centre; AOI Gallery; Lyric Theatre Hammersmith; Arnolfini; Ulster Museum; Nottingham Museum; Stirling Gallery; Rochdale Gallery; McRoberts Gallery; and Citylit Gallery. Dee loves tutoring at Citylit, and runs courses on Children’s Book Illustration, Drawing for Graphic Novel and Illustration. It is her mission to create a warm, supportive and creative workplace to help students explore and develop their skills, imagination and potential.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VK467

Fri, day, 19 Jun - 17 Jul '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £127.00
Concession: £97.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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