Comprehensive Manga/Comics Course

A well-established foundation can be a shortcut and go a long way for anyone serious about the visual storytelling craft.

This is an in-depth intensive multi day course giving an all-round hands-on experience, knowledge and skills of Manga/comics creation and visual storytelling as a whole. Character design, Storytelling techniques,  timing and spacing, creating movement in drawing, inking, colouring in black and white (toning), layout and design are all explored extensively.

Participants learn how to visualise and pin down their own characters and develop their ideas and stories into tangible dynamic comic pages with a professional finish. Includes resources such as ink nibs and my personal digital comictone and brush library; as well as one to one mentoring to completion of the work.

Objectives:

  • To gain a thorough understanding of character design, styles and movement.
  • To experience the importance of creating character sheets in order to preserve the uniformity of the character no matter how many times drawn
  • To be able to communicate mood and character through characters’ body language, expressions and movement.
  • To learn the essentials of comic storytelling techniques – after all one cannot break the rules unless they know them
  • To learn the basic tenents and anatomy of the comics page, the skill to manipulate any of those factors to control sense of timing and spacing
  • To develop methods to tell silent stories seamlessly and communicate effectively without words
  • To take clarity a step further and inject excitement that’ll force readers to keep turning the pages. How to create a sense of excitement.
  • To practise and demonstrate grasp of background drawing and perspective basics. One, two and three point perspective.
  • To develop the skill of adding effects – speed and effect lines, deep contrasting shadows and other intensifying techniques.
  • To understand layout basics to maximise overall page clarity and aesthetic.
  • To learn and develop inking and toning technique skills

Materials Needed

  • Flipboard/ whiteboard
  • Access to a computer/projector
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Sharpeners
  • Coloured pencils
  • Bluetack
  • Ink
  • Brushes
  • Ink nibs,
  • Water holders
  • A4 and A3 paper

Workshop structure

This workshop is a 5 day extensive course. The modules are structured as below:

Day 1

  • Life drawing exercises
  • Character design / Expression / Body Language

Day 2

  • The art of Visual Storytelling
  • Comic/manga alphabet
  • Controlling time
  • Movement

Day 3

  •  Lights, Camera, Action!
  • Clarity vs. Intensity in drawing comics
  • How to ensure that a  story is communicated cLEARly whilst equally engaging without confusing reader in the process.
  • Background, setting and perspective.

Day 4

  • Participants draft their comic pages and peer review whilst being mentored in the process
  • Layout and design masterclass

Day 5

  • Inking masterclasses – Using different tools: pens, ink nibs and brush
  • “Colouring in black and white” toning techniques
  • Finishing pages.
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