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Comics: The Art of Storytelling

Comics: The Art of Storytelling

An 8-week intensive course developing a story idea and learning how to get it published
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Learn how to develop a story and publish it

Learn how to develop a story and publish it
This course is designed to be an intensive introduction to comics and narrative, from the very first stage to having the comic printed. We will begin by looking at comics and storytelling, then create storyboards and compose our comic pages. We will go over techniques for inking, coloring, and even lighting and special FX. In the last week, we will also talk about how to promote your work and show your project to a publisher!
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Registration Period
Apr 24, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024
Course Start
Jul 09, 2024

Course Format

Standard

Skills Level

Intermediate

Duration

8 weeks

Q&A

Once a week

Feedback

Individual recordings

Lecture Type

Pre-recorded
Assignment
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
PREREQUISITES
Storyboarding for Animation and strong drawing foundation
MATERIALS
Photoshop (or equivalent), Graphic tablet/Cintiq (or equivalent). You will need to have from 4 to 8 pages of comic script in order to perform the exercises. If you don't have them, the instructor will provide materials.

The more you know, the better.

Introduction: What´s a comic? | Brief history of comics and storytelling | The most important comic authors and comics | Reading and understanding the script
Breaking the script into pieces | Frames/sequences/scenes | Understanding what is essential in every comic case | Narrative rules and how to break them | Building the primary storyboard
Developing the storyboard | Searching for reference | Character and location design | Concept and style research | Building the secondary storyboard
Shape, number, and frame location | Comparison between European/American/Japanese narrative | Symmetry, rhythm, and narrative | Aesthetics of a comic page
Reference research, objects/locations | Building your comic universe | Basics of drawing: perspective, proportion, and style
Black and white | Clean lines, masses of black | Inking composition
Creating the character color cards | Applying flat colors | Basics of color and light | Tone/hue/saturation | Opposites: warm/cold, positive/negative | Complementary colors, different color schemes
Sound FX and lighting | Photoshop effects (overlay, multiply, etc.) | Kinetic/movement lines: how to apply them | Getting pages ready for the printing | Showing your project to a publisher | Understanding and use of the social media to promote your work

Bringing out the best in talent

Senior Illustrator
LECTURES BY Miki Montllo
Course Start: Jul 09, 2024
Katja is an award-winning artist with a background in manga and games design. She works as the Senior Illustrator at Mind Candy where she has juggled many roles and projects ranging from character design to storyboarding, environments, game art and illustrations. Her clients have included Nickelodeon, SpinMaster, WayForward Technologies, and the Embassy of Japan in London. Katja has a love for exploring ideas, problem-solving, and adapting to new styles and requirements as projects evolve, but also stays close to her roots as a source for the feeling of wonder and magic that comes from simply being able to pick up a pencil and draw.

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PRICING SCHEDULE

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education, these finance options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

3x Payments

$233

2x Payments

$349.50

Full payment

$699

Summer TERM REGISTRATION Now Open
Apr 24, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024
COURSE BEGINS on Jul 09, 2024
Comics: The Art of Storytelling

What makes this learning experience unique?

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

Receive personalized feedback on all assignments from the industry’s top professionals.

LIFETIME ACCESS

Enjoy lifetime access to the spectrum of course content, including lectures, live Q&As, and feedback sessions.

CERTIFICATION

Show off your Certification of Completion when you turn in 80% of course assignments.

FLEXIBLE LEARNING

Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with flexible, online course scheduling.

Testimonials

Miki has been an amazing instructor. He has been really helpfull with all the students and provided great feedback and advice and the lectures have been really useful and interesting.

Alba

This class was incredible. The curriculum Miki has prepared went above and beyond what I was expecting. I will be recommending this class to everyone I know!

AJ

Miki did a great job of helping my panel to panel story telling ability and I feel that my growth in this class will be instrumental to my building a storyboarding career.

Justin

I learn a lot about composition of a page and storytelling, learn new tools to make my process faster and was able to make my drawing process both better and faster.

Juliana

This course was awesome.! Help me specifically to me to put storys in a comic layout. Also, gave me great directions about inking, color and light. All of it greatly explained by Mikki!

Bruno

This is not only the best Comics related class I’ve taken, but also one of the Best Art classes I’ve Ever taken, period. It helped my understanding of the entire Storytelling process, and especially how to apply light and Color and how those elements enhance the Narrative.

Chrisian

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