Workshop: Dynamic Comic Book Illustration

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© Greg Follender
© Greg Follender
© Greg Follender
Workshop: Dynamic Comic Book Illustration

215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
March 19th, 2011 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm, Sat-Sun: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Art Students League of New York
One: $265, Two: $500, All: $750


Dynamic Comic Book Illustration: From Anatomy to Panel Composition
A Series of Three Weekend Workshops in Sequential Art

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00AM – 4:30 PM

One workshop:              $265
Any two workshops:      $500
All three workshops:     $750

This workshop is designed to give students interested in comic book/graphic novel illustration and other sequential media a better understanding of how the drawn figure can interact both dynamically and convincingly in deep space or in an enclosed environment. Through basic, easy-to-follow anatomical formulas and the study of important body landmarks, students will be able to confidently render realistic or stylized figures in both natural and dynamic poses, and then place them realistically within a graphic frame of reference.

The importance of proportion, weight, perspective, and momentum will be addressed in both classical terms and with respect to exaggerated cartoon sensibility, with attention to character/mood definition through movement. With an additional focus on basic panel work and layout skills, students will learn how to block out and create engaging comic book pages through pencil roughs and tight thumbnail stages.

These powerful techniques, along with tips on facial expression and body gesture will supply aspiring comic artists with the necessary tools to bring the characters and tableaus they see in their heads convincingly and dramatically to life in a sequentially graphic form!

March 19-20
Workshop 1: Introduction to Comic Book Illustration/ Basic Anatomy and Panel Structure

Overview of the comic book landscape including a brief history of sequential storytelling and its many applications.  Exploration of the basic human form through quick life-drawing sketches and practical page/panel layout for a clear visual narrative.  Introduction to comic page thumbnail presentation.

April 16-17
Workshop 2: Focus on Dynamic Posing and Page Layout

Strong focus on rendering the figure in natural and dynamic poses within a graphic frame of reference. Stress on proper proportion, weight, perspective, and momentum of figures will better help students to incorporate them into panel work. Full thumbnails of comic book page to be executed and critiqued.

May 14-15
Workshop 3: Working to a Finish

Taking sketched thumbnail layouts into finished pencils. Using the sketched framework from prior classes, students will produce a fully realized comic book page.  Final figurative and environmental embellishment for further immersion and mood/story enhancement will be implemented.  Discussion and critique of finished work with emphasis on personal style and importance of a clear narrative.