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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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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
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.
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Storyboarding for Animation and strong drawing foundation
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
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.
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Storyboarding for Animation and strong drawing foundation
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
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.
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Storyboarding for Animation and strong drawing foundation
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 1 | The Script

Introduction: What´s a comic? | Brief history of comics and storytelling | The most important comic authors and comics | Reading and understanding the script

Week 2 | Primary Storyboard

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

Week 3 | Final Storyboard

Developing the storyboard | Searching for reference | Character and location design | Concept and style research | Building the secondary storyboard

Week 4 | Composing a Page

Shape, number, and frame location | Comparison between European/American/Japanese narrative | Symmetry, rhythm, and narrative | Aesthetics of a comic page

Week 5 | Drawing and Reference Research

Reference research, objects/locations | Building your comic universe | Basics of drawing: perspective, proportion, and style

Week 6 | Inking Techniques

Black and white | Clean lines, masses of black | Inking composition

Week 7 | Character Design & Flat Coloring

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

Week 8 | Lighting, Special FX & Social Media Promotion

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

Comics: The Art of Storytelling
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Bringing out the best in talent

Shaun Healey has been a concept artist and illustrator in the game industry since 2008, having worked worldwide with gaming studios such as Rovio Ltd, Mojang Studios, 5 Ants and Spidermonk Entertainment, as well as freelance with other media and comic companies UDON, Tokyopop, and Hasbro. Now the lead character artist of Wayforward Technologies, he utilizes a background in comics, storyboarding and animation to bring creative concepts to life. Though versed in digital painting and effects, his specialization is in traditional, hand-drawn linework blended with digital color.

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Alba Jaen

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.

AJ Nazarro

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!

Justin McConnell

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.

Juliana Mizrahi

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.

Bruno Guaman

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!

Chrisian Meesey

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.

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Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industry’s best artist.

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Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

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Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

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