Intro to Cartooning
Learn constructive drawing techniques behind some of the greatest draftsmen of animation and comic art
Intro to Cartooning
*Please note that this class is going to take place online during the Spring term. This means there will be some modifications to the course outline without affecting the overall learning objectives and outcomes of the course. The value of the online course will be similar or greater to that of the onsite course and you will still get personalized feedback on your artwork from the instructors and be able to re-watch the livestream video lectures at your leisure.
Does the world of cartoons, comics and animation fascinate you? Cartoons can be humorous, serious or satirical and featured in print, online or any other visual media. Cartooning is a simple yet powerful and fun way to express yourself through art.
In this beginner’s class, taught by veteran cartoon and comic book artist, Salgood Sam, you will learn constructive drawing techniques behind some of the greatest draftsmen of animation and comic art. With a combination of drawing and practice sessions in each class, this course will help you understand the “what?” and the “how?” of the cartooning art process.
First, you will start with the basics, trying to build characters out of simple shapes. Then you will proceed to understand the styles of cartoon art as well as the tools you can use for the cartoon creation process. You will then gain knowledge about the principles of composition and the ways to achieve depth in your art, in addition to important concepts of line weight, hatching and value. You will be introduced to the art of caricature, different coloring techniques and the important role that lighting and the use of dark plays in the creation of a good cartoon. Finally you will apply what you learned from the class to the creation of a new piece that demonstrates your proficiency in the art of cartooning.
By the end of this course, you will be well versed in the different styles of cartooning. You will have gained powerful techniques that will give you the ability to convey your story through the exciting medium of cartoons.
- Course Type Special Courses
- Duration 10 weeks
Special CourseSpecial Course
This course can be taken at any level! Please note that it is more of a theoretical course as opposed to one focused on technique.
- Language English
Wednesdays from 6.30PM to 9.30PM
Date of first class: April 8th
Duration: 10 weeks
This course is well suited for complete beginners, as well as intermediate artists looking to explore styles.
Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (the teacher will use many visual examples and there will usually be students in the class who speak French and can help you if you don't understand something).
You can choose to do the class the traditional way or using a tablet/laptop which has a Photoshop or any other drawing program installed.
Tech Requirements for Attending Syn Studio Online Classes
- A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 600kbps bandwidth (up/down).
- A Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a single core processor (at least 1 GHZ processing speed) or a smartphone/tablet with equivalent processing capabilities
- Good speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
- Browser - IE7+, Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome
- Operating System - Windows XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux distro based on 3.0 kernel, Android 5.0, iOS 10
Syn Studio Recommendations
- A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 1.5Mbps bandwidth (up/down). You can also connect to the internet directly using your ethernet cable to improve your experience.
- Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a dual core processor with at least 2 GHZ processing speed and a 4 GB RAM
- High Quality speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
- Browser & Operating System - We recommend using the latest version of the browser and operating system for an optimal online classroom experience.
*Please note that this outline is from the last time we held this class and we may make some updates and improvements for the coming term.
Week 1: Introduction. Learn about the history of cartoon and caricature, and how, if at all, it differs from other art. Develop the skills required to draw a cartoony character out of geometric shapes or doodles.
Week 2: Gain knowledge about the different groups of cartoon art and how every contemporary cartooning can fit into one of these categories.
Week 3: Learn about the evolution of comics art and cartooning tools - from the classics to the latest. Understand the rationale behind the usage of pencil roughs and inking in cartooning.
Week 4: Acquire the skills required to achieve depth in your cartoon art, in addition to learning the basic principles of composition to provide a hint of realistic touch to your cartoons.
Week 5: Explore the concepts of line weight, hatching and value. Understand how to apply these concepts in your cartoons so that they look visually appealing.
Week 6: Learn about the style of caricature art. Develop the skills required to present your story in an exaggerated and satirical manner through the usage of caricatures.
Week 7: Gain proficiency in the technique of using color in your cartoons to make them look vibrant and captivating.
Week 8: Understand the important role that lighting and the use of dark plays to create effects that make your cartoons more captivating.
Weeks 9 - 10: Apply all that you’ve learned to a final portfolio project while receiving one-on-one coaching from the instructor.
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This is a popular class and we expect that it will fill up very quickly.
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