This is a fun introduction to the process of creating graphic novel-style sequential art. Course topics will include story development, storyboarding, page layout design, inking, lettering and colouring. You will explore a range of styles and techniques including an introduction to high quality,...

Taught by: Matt O'Dell.

  • Description

    This is a fun introduction to the process of creating graphic novel-style sequential art. Course topics will include story development, storyboarding, page layout design, inking, lettering and colouring. You will explore a range of styles and techniques including an introduction to high quality, time-efficient digital methods, using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. For the course finale, you will compile a class anthology. Teaching takes the form of class and individual exercises, class crits and one-on-one discussion with the tutor. 

    Course Outcomes
    Students will gain a grounding scene composition, page design and character creation for comic books. Students will leave the course with a finished page strip of comic book art, together with a full set of handouts on all topics discussed. This will provide a firm foundation for application to further illustration courses, self-publishing your own web comic or developing a portfolio for work in related industries such as video games.

    Who Should Attend 
    Anyone who wants to learn about the process of creating comics, or is looking to build a portfolio of sequential artwork to apply for a longer cartooning course. The general principles of this course apply to manga as much as superhero, funny animal or underground comics. 

    Course Level
    Beginner



    Student Reviews

    'The tutor was very good, constantly working on supporting the students and helping generate ideas to improve the story or pictures.' - Anon

    'The general principles of this course apply to manga as much as superhero, funny animal or underground comics. You don’t even need to be amazing at drawing to be on here, everything was nicely paced and incredibly helpful and if I could do this full time I would have stayed forever! Fun tutor, fun course, met the most loveliest and talented people! I would recommend this to absolutely anyone and everyone! ' - Anon


  • Tutor information

    Matt O’Dell graduated from the Industrial Design MA at Central Saint Martins, before working as an User Interface Designer for Xerox, and a 2D / 3D Artist for an online games company.

    He now teaches a wide variety of art and design courses in the areas of Comic Book Art, Games Development and Adobe CS6 applications. He has a passion for storytelling and Sci-Fi, and enjoys experimenting with new software.

    www.modellart.com

    www.modellartist.blogspot.co.uk

  • Materials

    Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

    • 2 - 3 examples of your previous work, which may help to inform your development
    • Sketchbook (no larger than A3)
    • Selection of drawing pencils (H/HB/2B)
    • Any other drawing materials you are comfortable working with, such as charcoal
    • Colour materials you are comfortable using (e.g. coloured pencils, felt tips, watercolours etc)
    • Eraser
    • Pencil sharpener
    • Clear plastic ruler 30cm
    • 1GB USB memory stick
    Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Details for booking

Date Day of Week Time Duration Cost Status Location Action
15/12/2014 - 19/12/2014 Monday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00 5 Days £525 Available John Islip St - SW1P Add to Basket
13/04/2015 - 17/04/2015 Monday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00 5 Days £525 Available John Islip St - SW1P Add to Basket
29/06/2015 - 03/07/2015 Monday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00 5 Days £525 Available John Islip St - SW1P Add to Basket