Drawing cartoons for beginners

Course Dates: 29/09/21 - 03/11/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Develop your own cartooning style through a range of traditional drawing and digital techniques. Create a portfolio of work in preparation for professional commissions.
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Course Code: VK407

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Started Wed, eve, 29 Sep - 03 Nov '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

In this course you will learn how to realise cartoon ideas as single images with and without captions and strip cartoons. You will learn how to express emotion humorously and how to compose an image to enhance its meaning and wit. You will use the traditional drawing techniques of pencil and pen as well as digital techniques for different colouring techniques, creating collages and captions.

What previous students liked most about this course: “The teacher was passionate about the subject.”
“Brainstorming ideas, use and intro to Photoshop, constant encouragement and fun atmosphere.”
“Learning more on Photoshop such as colouring techniques.”
“Teacher’s confidence in my abilities.”
“The constructive guidance provided. I found the development of concepts through discussion really helpful.”
“Range of topics - learning opportunities. Group discussions - sharing ideas – critical appraisal - fun, good atmosphere.”


What will we cover?

- Using posture, movement, expression and exaggeration to create humorous effect.
- The dynamic relationship between image and text.
- Creating expressive compositions
- Painting in Photoshop
- Creating surreal and witty collages using Photoshop
- The relationship between the strip cartoon and time.
- Creative captioning
- Formatting and storing work.

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

- Use posture, movement, expression and exaggeration to humorous effect in creating a character
- Understand the dynamic relationship of text to image
- Create an expressive composition
- Scan an image and import it into Photoshop
- Use the paint tools in Photoshop
- Create basic selections in Photoshop
- Edit transformations in Photoshop
- Use layers in Photoshop
- Critically appraise your cartoon work and the work of others
- Save and store your work in a range of formats.

What previous students have achieved on this course: “Massively expanded my understanding of how to do cartoons and caricatures. Learnt new techniques - I will develop this further.” DH
“I now have increased confidence in my drawing and an improved technique.”
“A body of work I’m proud of and Photoshop skills.”
“I learned to draw realistic caricatures faster.”
“Photoshop: given me confidence to continue and learn more. Conceptualised ideas and how to sue cartoons to convey messages, ideas, jokes.” JD


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?

Through demonstrations, exercises, group and individual assistance and notes.
Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts and Photography.

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

The latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course.
You may wish to bring a memory stick or a portable hard drive to store your work.


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

Develop your skills further with VK401 Drawing for comic books, VF502 Drawing caricatures, VG272 Photoshop: stage 1 or VG282 Photoshop: stage 2. You can also compliment your illustration skills with a range of courses in illustration, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

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.