A 10 week course where you learn to express your ideas or convey a story through the comics medium
Teacher Artwork by Salgood Sam
This course teaches all the basic aspects of Comics/BD/Manga storytelling. You will learn about character development, dramatic story structure, dialogue, easy-to-follow sequential artwork, eye-catching inking, lettering, and enhancing story through colour.
Making comics is one of the most complex art forms that one person can do all on their own, but it doesn't have to be intimidating. By the end of this course, you will have had the opportunity to pick up or refine all the key tools you need to make your comics tick, turn pages, and kick ass!
This course is well suited for complete beginners, as well as novices who’ve had limited experience making comics already. It is genre agnostic and all styles are welcome!
- Course Type Special Courses
- Duration 10 weeks
- Skill Level Level 1
- Language English
Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Date of first class: January 15
Duration: 10 weeks
No prerequisites. This course is well suited for complete beginners, as well as novices who’ve had limited experience making comics already.
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.
Our 10-week Making Comics course will teach you all the basic aspects of creating comics, from idea to publication, by helping you develop your own three-page story with guidance from a professional comic book artist.
*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 - Learn the basic elements, mechanics and terminology of comics; what defines the medium of sequential art, what makes for a good character design, an introduction to page design, and your tools!
Week 2 - Understand the basics of how to build a story: an introduction to scripting conventions for comics, page layout & thumbnailing.
Week 3 - Learn essential techniques for planning and penciling your comics pages. Receive an introduction to inking tools as well as different styles of finishing your art.
Week 4 - Learn how to scan your pages, make "blue lines" for inking and how to hand-letter your comics while ensuring your text is readable. Acquire methods for balloon placement, working with the eye-line, advanced inking and more.
Week 5 - Learn the power of using digital tools for lettering, colouring, and processing your art. You don’t have to be able to use a computer to make comics, but like most things, it helps a lot and can greatly empower your creativity.
Week 6 - Comic Jam! An introduction to improv comics, collaborating and the comics community. You can make comics on your own, but it helps to team up for big projects, and community will be your greatest resource.
Week 7 - Learn the business: an overview of the current state of the Art in self-publishing, social networking and building a brand. Continue working on your comic while receiving one-on-one feedback from the instructor.
Week 8 - Receive an introduction to digital colouring and understanding of the role of colour in storytelling.
Weeks 9 - 10 - Learn to apply the finishing touches and complete your comic with the professional guidance of the instructor.
Syn Studio offers the highest quality education at the most affordable prices.
This popular class tends to fill up well before the deadline, so register early!
Winter term classes begin on Monday the 13th of Jan. Late registration still available for some classes.
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