Drawing cartoons for beginners

Course Dates: 07/03/22 - 11/04/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Enter the world of cartoons and bring your ideas to life working through a series of fun exercises with a professional cartoonist and tutor. You will learn how to create cartoon characters, draw simple but effective backgrounds, and even create your own comic strip story. Suitable for beginners wishing to study cartooning and for those who have already made tentative steps toward becoming a comic strip artist.
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Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

Course Code: VK438

Available start dates 

Mon, eve, 07 Mar - 11 Apr '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Learn practical tips, tricks and starting points in developing cartoon characters and their stories. All exercises will be demonstrated and delivered by a professional cartoonist and where you will be encouraged to share your cartoon characters and learn valuable techniques in bringing them to life on the page. Character, narrative, text will all be discussion points. This could be the very first steps to making your own comic book, learning new approaches to illustration or continuing to develop your favourite make-belief character.

What will we cover?

• Session 01:Introduction to cartooning, cartoon characters and comic books
• Session 02:Character design and construction
• Session 03:Cartoon faces, bodies and places, stylistic approaches and expressions
• Session04: Actions and cartoon effects including page layout, Framing and lettering
• Session 05:Planning your comic strip and developing your characters
• Session 06:Final touches, studying narrative and discussing next steps.

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

• Talk about various approaches to comic strip art
• Draw characters in a variety of poses and in effective environments
• Demonstrate how to develop a story from a simple plan and identify different approaches to layout and framing
• Use word bubbles effectively to build narrative in your ideas and work
• Show confidence in presenting storyboard ideas and character developmen.

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

This course will benefit beginners and those with experience in drawing comics and cartoons or storyboards at any level. You should be able to follow simple verbal instructions in order to successfully complete the exercises and contribute to group discussions. Course resources will be supported by a google classroom.

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

You will be taught using illustrated demonstrations, followed by practical exercises with group and individual assistance and feedback. The tutor will encourage students to develop their own styles – no set drawing style will be imposed. You will be set homework and extension tasks that allow you to further engage with the subject and develop your ideas through both analogue and digital means.

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

Students will need suitable space for drawing, such as a tabletop or clipboard.
Essential materials are a pencil, an eraser, plain A4 paper, a black fibre-tip pen (not a Sharpie-type of pen – too thick). Colouring materials might be useful but are not essential. All other additional resources will be discussed at the start of the course.

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

You can further develop your skills and interest in Comic art through a range of courses at the City Lit in cartooning ,comics, graphic novels, illustration, Photoshop and animation.

Stephen Marchant

Steve Marchant has taught comic art skills to students of all ages for the last 30 years at sites including City Lit, City University, Birkbeck, The Hayward Gallery, Tate Britain, The Arvon Foundation, The Black Cultural Archive, and is the full-time learning coordinator/senior tutor at The Cartoon Museum – where he is also its comic art consultant. He regularly teaches at schools and libraries across the UK and has taught in Hungary and Latvia for the British Council. Steve has produced numerous educational comics and cartoons for clients including the BBC’s ‘Bitesize’ website, the Learning Trust, Kingston Travel Awareness Unit, Lewisham Youth Service, the Who Cares? Trust, and Africaid, presenting topical information in a fun, accessible format. Other clients have included British Airways, Intel, Kogan Page, ITV, and South London Theatre. Steve is the author/illustrator of two books: The Cartoonist’s Workshop and The Computer Cartoon Kit. His personal work appears in the award-winning online comic Aces Weekly. https://stevemarchantblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/the-mighty-world-of-marchant/ www.acesweekly.com Facebook: Comic Creators Project at the Cartoon Museum

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.