Build your skills toward becoming a manga creator
Students will acquire new knowledge about manga storytelling, they will learn how to analyze manga pages pages and they will receive constant feedback on their storyboards following the Japanese system of work between an editor and a mangaka.
By the end of the course, the students will have worked on: one "clean" storyboard f 8-12 pages, 40 yonkoma sketches, 8 inked yonkoma; students will have deepen their knowledge about how to involve the reader using manga storytelling and learnt the basic functions of Clip Studio (for presenting a storyboard to an editor) too.
What you'll learn
Students have access to the classroom and can get ready for week one first presentation.
Kishotenketsu | Logline | Character sheet | How different size and shape of panels give different narrative results
Clip: Creating your manga file, digitalizing a draft, basic tools
Analysis of pages: From western comic to "manga language" | Emotional subject
Clip: Types of layers, tones, gradient, gradient map, more tools
Creating rhythm: going faster, going slower | Emotional time, action time, reading time | "Ma" and emotional focus
Clip: exploring toolbars
Basic Komawari | Misegoma | Narrative unit: space/time/emotion
Clip: Layer mask, save your workspace
Flow and Z-rule - actions'direction (speeck bubbles and kakimoji)
Clip: Brushes, Rulers, Transform
Maximum number of panels | Improving our ideas and characters (What if) | Segments of a story that may be a story in themselves.
Balancing Characters, Story, Setting , Themes and Art (Part 1)
Clip: Line Art, tools for crosshatching
Balancing Characters, Story, Setting ,Themes and Art (Part 1)
Clip: Clip Sutio Asset, Materials, 3d approach
Her greatest award has been received in 2018 though. She has been the first European woman to win the Grand Prix Award (first prize) in the Silent Manga Audition (international Japanese competition) - 8th edition - with the short manga “The cruelest Rule” about fair play. Furthermore, she occasionally writes articles about manga, makes manga portraits, cooperates with museums, associations and manga events and used to host a daily radio show about anime and manga. She is currently cooperating with a Japanese editor to write and draw a full-length manga novel and has just published a harvest of her short stories in Italy, called “Silent Smiles”.
Elena is the first Italian mangaka to be published in Shonen Jump Plus. You can read about it here.
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