Drawing Comic Books and Graphic Novels *

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Class #27702: Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels
Saturdays, 3pm-5pm: 2/23 and 3/2 (two meetings)
Tuition: $99 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Minimum: 5. Max.: 10. Enrolled so far: 2

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ABOUT THE MATERIALS: You can bring your own materials, or buy a materials kit in class. The kit includes oversized paper; a ruler; a pencil; some ink; and some brushes and brush pens for inking. The kit costs around $35. A link will be added soon  for those who would like to purchase one. The kit is provided as a convenience for students, but totally fine if you’d rather bring your own drawing materials instead.

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In this class, open to everyone, students will start out by learning how to draw realistically proportioned adult human figures in a simplified comic book style, then learn how to show them in action. We’ll practice drawing, shading and inking the figure and moving it around on the page. 

You’ll learn about page layout and design, as they relate to comics and graphic novels; composition and visual continuities; how to tell a story with pictures; and how to use dramatic lighting and cinematic camera angles such as closeups, medium shots, long shots, high angle  shots and low angle shots, to engage the reader and move your story along.

After that, students will practice drawing some actual comic book stories.  You’ll learn how to draw fight scenes, action scenes, and how to imbue even quiet moments in your story with dramatic tension.  We’ll take a look at student drawings and look at what works in each page and how to improve it.  We’ll also look at what goes into illustrating exciting and dramatic comic book stories.

Whether you’re an aspiring comic book illustrator or a hobbyist — whether you’re into traditional comics or experimental comics — you’ll learn a lot and have an opportunity to increase your skills as you work through the exercises in the class.  Instructor: Nils Osmar

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The classes below are also recommended for people who are serious about their comic book artwork: