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Ages 10 and up
Overview: - First year cartooning covers the basics. Students learn how to develop characters, create strong images, backgrounds, draw from reference material, and make a short comic book.
1 & 1/2 HOURS
Learn how to develop characters, give them varied expressions, create story-lines and put it all together in comic books, comic strips, and graphic novels. Cartooning is unusual, in that it's more fun - we do crazy drawings and try to be humorous, but it's also more technical at times than other courses. We work on story-lines, and we learn inking and other techniques, using the same kinds of materials that the professionals do. Every class begins with a list of "stuff of the day" that teach expresssions, objects, writing, character types and something we call "keysigns".
This class is for kids who love to draw cartoons.They may be talented "beginners" or they may have been in some of our traditional art courses.Either way, the instruction is foundational for becoming the kind of artists who can enjoy their own work as well as continue developing their skills. We begin the year with an emphasis on character development, then move to face drawing skills and expressions. Later, we will explore viewpoints, lettering techniques, and we touch on some perspective drawing skills. Personal style is not taught, but rather encouraged. We don't call any of our work a "mistake", but instead refer to work as "learners" or "keepers".
Art supplies are available from Firstlight
Sketch pad 9x12 Spiral bound/100pgs
Trace pad 9x12
brushes. Short, synthetic brushes in round and flat for acrylic use. Try to get several sizes from very small to medium.
Mars white eraser
Mechanical 0.5mm pencil w/2B lead
Drawing pencil 4B
4 PITT pens - 2 each of fine and super fine in black. you can get several sizes if you want.
1 pad cartooning concept sketch pages
1 pad cartooning layout pages
1 comic book art boards pad
Set of at least 24 high-quality colored pencils. NOT crayola or Rose art!
watercolor paints. 9 colors.DOWNLOAD LIST
Some class notes:
Please wear old clothes if possible.
Bring your supplies in some kind of bin or carrier to keep them organized
There is no room at the academy for students to store supplies
Always bring all of your supplies to class
Brushes should be kept in something that will prevent their being bent.