Illustration and Comic Art

Tell stories through images. Illuminate ideas. Express what words can't.

These sound like tall orders, but illustrators and comic artists face these challenges every time they pick up a pencil. And it's not all about drawing, either; collage, paint and even digital media are tools of the trade these days. Tell your own story or translate someone else's

Capture a child's imagination with original artwork while learning the tricks of the illustration trade. During this class, students will explore the wide range of children's book illustration, from traditional to contemporary. Students will learn what makes a children's book unique, how to communicate through illustration, and how to conceptualize and storyboard ideas. The instructor will also demonstrate a variety of materials that can be used to illustrate a book.

Tuesday
Sep 15 - Nov 3
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Acrylic paint is a very versatile and exciting water-based medium, which can be used in endless ways by fine artists and illustrators. In this course, students will learn multiple techniques for using acrylic, all with the end goal of creating stronger, richer illustrations. Instructor-led demonstrations will help students gain a better sense of the tools used in acrylic painting. Students will evaluate various acrylic techniques, and make decisions about which ones are most applicable for their illustration work.

Wednesday
Oct 21 - Nov 11
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Gouache is a popular water-based medium used in contemporary illustration and design. Like watercolor, gouache can be a challenging to those new to the medium. In this course we will work through some of the more difficult aspects of painting with gouache and cover skills and techniques used when applying gouache into an illustration. Weekly illustration assignments will be given to provide time to practice and apply using techniques demonstrated in class. Sketching and ideation will also be expected each week in developing concepts and compositions for illustration assignments.

Wednesday
Sep 30 - Oct 14
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Having trouble controlling or working with watercolor in your illustrations? In this course students will experiment with painting and drawing with watercolor and ink. Techniques and tricks will be demonstrated to help control the medium. Each week exercises will be given to build skills. Weekly prompt-driven homework assignments will provide opportunities to apply these techniques to illustrations. Students will walk away from this three-week course more confident using this challenging water-based medium. / Materials fee of $15 in addition to class tuition.

Wednesday
Sep 9 - Sep 23
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Capture a child's imagination with original artwork while learning the tricks of the illustration trade. During this class, students will explore the wide range of children's book illustration, from traditional to contemporary. Students will learn what makes a children's book unique, how to communicate through illustration, and how to conceptualize and storyboard ideas. The instructor will also demonstrate a variety of materials that can be used to illustrate a book.

Tuesday
Jun 23 - Jul 28
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Students in this class will learn various approaches and strategies of comic book writing.

The script is the bridge between writer, artist, editor, and publisher. Students will learn to script for both themselves, and for editors, in a variety of formats and house styles. Creation of scripts for different companies and for online publication will be discussed.

Thursday
Jul 9 - Aug 6
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Fashion Illustration differs from fashion design in that it is more about conveying a mood or expression of a garment rather than about the actual creation and structure of the piece. In this class, students will begin to learn and understand ways of rendering fashion through the study of various methods of drawing and painting, including drawing from the live model. Students will examine and develop the ability to render the fashion figure as well as the fabrics that adorn.

Monday
Jul 6 - Aug 3
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Imagine designing T-shirts for Urban Outfitters, home decor items for Target, or greeting cards and stationery for Hallmark. These are all examples of product design, and there are plentiful opportunities for artists and designers to create work within the consumer world. This class will highlight methods for designing and illustrating for specific audiences, products, and lifestyles through real-world practices of product designers. Students will select a core audience, research current trends, and create finished artwork that will speak to the audience's interests.

Tuesday
Jun 2 - Jul 7
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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This dynamic class will introduce students to illustration materials and techniques, conceptual approaches to image making, and discuss practices relating to the business of illustration. Illustration is essential to the success of the editorial, advertising, publishing, and product packaging industries. The creative process will be discussed, from sketches to final illustration critiques.

Wednesday
Jul 1 - Aug 5
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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