Telling Stories in Image and Word
Stories connect past, present and future; those who master imaginative storytelling through compelling character development, images and descriptive words have the power to captivate audiences far and wide. On this course you will develop your storytelling skills through exercises in illustration/written narrative, zine creation, storyboarding and visual design...
Taught by: Mike Nicholson.
Stories connect past, present and future; those who master imaginative storytelling through compelling character development, images and descriptive words have the power to captivate audiences far and wide. On this course you will develop your storytelling skills through exercises in illustration/written narrative, zine creation, storyboarding and visual design. This course explores areas of authorial writing and drawing for zines, storyboards for film and TV and character design development and storytelling applicable to both animation and gaming. Through the use of images and words you will be able to nurture your visual and conceptual development of characters and situations within narrative environments.
Through discussions and developmental exercises you will gain transferable skills across several areas of creative endeavour and would therefore be valuable for several different directions in further study. During the course you will gain greater visual literacy and an understanding of principles that cross disciplines from print to film to gaming that will prove an excellent stepping stone to gaining knowledge and confidence.
The course will focus on completing a series of diverse developmental exercises in word and images. As well as a collected body of work, your final coursework could explore the destination format of either a self-published ‘zine’, an illustrated short story, a short spoken-word script or a storyboard relating to a proposed short film or animation. Overall, the final portfolio of work would express principles explored in the course sessions, presented to a portfolio standard also useful for future applications to Higher Education.
- Character development
- Moving image
- Drawing moving image
- Scripted word
- Visual literacy
- Filmic visual language
By the end of this course you should:
- Understand why stories are important and how they can be constructed in image and word
- Understand that even the smallest stories deserve a thoughtful telling
- Explore character diversity: the importance of creating characters and how interesting characters create interesting stories
- Understand how stories can tell themselves, given the right creative soil
- That any number of skills – if refined and explored imaginatively - can create engaging, fulfilling storytelling
Who Should Attend?
Aspiring illustrators, comic artists, animators and film-makers: with a strong interest in creating self-authored projects and understanding working practices that will improve their professionalism in terms of future employment (setting goals, decision-making, re-iteration and experimentation towards a deadline). You must be comfortable with drawing and writing, love stories and be willing to discuss personal favourites and inspirations.
Follow Up Courses
Mike Nicholson is a professional illustrator, storyboard artist, zine artist/author and educator. He has worked for numerous illustration clients since 1985 (incl. BBC, Penguin Books, Weekend Guardian, Amnesty International and Oxford University Press). Mike has also been involved in storyboarding for Film, TV and Advertising (including a strong interest in comedy reflected by work with Reeves and Mortimer, Armando Iannucci, Paul Merton and The League of Gentlemen). He has worked with many directors including Mark Mylod (‘Game of Thrones’), Rachel Talalay (‘Dr. Who’) and Metin Huseyin (‘Kingdom’). Mike has also worked with best-selling author Charlie Higson on the creation of an illustrated map to accompany his hit series of young adult horror novels, ‘The Enemy’. Additionally, his illustrations were used by Why Not Associates for a series of short films on dementia instigated by the Design Council.