Graphic novels and comic book art
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VK467
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
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 and work creatively. Over the course you will learn how to plan, create and execute your own comic.
What will we cover?
Looking at the work of key creators in comics and graphic novels
- Using a sketchbook to generate ideas
- Planning a story
- Designing characters
- Different methods of drawing and mark making
- Text and Lettering
- Exploring sequential story telling.
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 or graphic novel.
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.
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.).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We offer a range of workshops and courses in illustration, graphic design and visual communication. For full details visit our website 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.