Graphic novels and comic book art

Course Dates: 09/05/22 - 06/06/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the creative potential of designing and producing your own graphic novels and comic books. Learn how to script, storyboard innovative narratives and create exciting characters and compositions that are brought ot life.
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Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00

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Course Code: VK467

Started Mon, eve, 09 May - 06 Jun '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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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

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. 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.