Drawing graphic novels: storytelling with words and images
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VO191
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online workshop will support you in developing your drawing and writing skills. You will learn from professional graphic novel and illustrators how to harness this method of sequential storytelling to create your own exciting visual narratives. Bring your characters and stories to life on paper taking inspiration from range of references, books, magazines.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Planning a story: tips on writing an outline
- Designing strong, consistent characters
- Combining words and pictures
- Lettering and text options
- Thumbnailing and storyboarding
- Drawing panels, panel transitions and framing techniques.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Plan a story
- Design your main protagonists
- Combine text and illustration
- Make your own thumbnail storyboards
- Understand panel transitions and framing.
- Complete a page of a graphic novel.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and is ideal for those who have no prior experience. You will be guided by professionals in developing drawing and illustration skills and well as the technical skills in framing, lettering and bringing your ideas together.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions through demonstrations, and hand-outs. As part of the course you will be invited to take part in group discussions and present your ideas and work.
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 handouts. The course will require you to produce a number of drawings and sketches and in some circumstances you may be required to complete an exercise in your own time, ready for the next class. You will have access to a googleclassroom where course resources will be made available.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need:
White A3 & A4 paper
HB pencils, eraser, sharpener
Black drawing pen/s.
Colours of your choice eg coloured pencil, watercolour paint, gouache etc
If you prefer to work digitally (Drawing tablet)
Please feel free to have any previous ideas, drawings or reference material to work with as part of the course.
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need and as a City Lit student you can obtain a 15% student discount.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here- https://www.londongraphics.co.uk/student-discounts/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Why not build your digital skills further with our digital skills for artists courses or alternatively look at longer illustration and children’s book illustration courses online. For further information please visit www.citylit.ac.uk.
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.