Tuesday, October 16, 2012


In an effort to make the Studio available to everyone interested in learning the art behind comic books, graphic novel and manga creation, I've placed below a detailed outline of classes that will be offered for the Studio. New classes will also be added to this initial roster as time goes on. The Comic Studio classes will be split between Beginner and Advanced classes.

Beginner illustration
Students will learn the basic tools for illustration concentrating on still life drawing, gesture drawing and shapes and forms. Students will use a variety of media including pencils, pens, marker, chalk, and conte’

Beginner colorsStudents will learn about color theory and explore the ways color effects perception by using paints, markers, crayon, pastels, and photoshop (computer usage will be for students ages 14 and up)

Beginner storytellingStudents will explore the art of writing through storytelling. Students will be given set storytelling guidelines, from which, they will formulate their own beginning, middle, and end.

The Comic Studio (Advanced)

Advanced Illustration

Sketching, Penciling, Inking, Traditional and Digital Painting. These are all techniques that a comic book artist needs in order to successfully complete an assignment. Students will take place in life drawing, gesture drawing, cartooning and ink and painting sessions in order to broaden their
artistic arsenal and build their portfolio base.

Advanced Storytelling 
This benefits writers and artists as both have to be able to convey a story visually and learn to communicate between the two effectively. Students will be made to collaborate on story and character development as well as panel layout and illustration style.

Digital productionDrawing and writing in the traditional sense is much needed. However, digital production is a necessity in today’s artistic world. Students will be shown the proper way to set up files for print and digital production. They will also learn the differences and benefits of both mediums. This will also include photoshop and coloring techniques, lettering and font usages, design element creation, and the programs used to compile the book.

Graphic Design
From logo design, to billboard design. Students will be faced with the interesting task of how to guide a reader from panel-to-panel and page-to-page of a graphic story. Font choices and color all effect the design of sequential art and students will learn the fundamentals needed for a complete visual piece.

Each student will be responsible for creatively providing ideas, designs, concepts, sketches and/or writing solutions used to produce professional quality comic books and graphic novels. Through The Comic Book Studio, students will have the opportunity to create their own portfolio, be reviewed by other artists working in the industry, get hands on experience, and begin their journey into the world of graphic arts.

If you are interested in enrolling yourself or your child, please feel free to contact me on here or at martheus@toshigawa.com.
See you guys there!!

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