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Cartooning Fundamentals Short Course

Course description

This beginners course will give you a foundation in the creative and technical aspects of all the applications of cartoon art. The skills that you'll learn may be applied to animation, comic books, graphic novels, panel cartoons, humorous illustration, storyboarding or newspaper strips.

Close attention will be paid throughout the course to the work of cartoon masters such as Will Eisner, Robert Crumb, Ronald Searle, Steve Bell, Charles Schultz, Harvey Kurtzmann and many others.

You will be required to complete various assignments throughout the course that will incorporate practical applications of the cartoon principles listed above.

Who should take this course?

This course is geared towards aspiring cartoonists, animators and comic artists of all levels, who wish to acquire, or improve upon existing cartooning skills.

Entry requirements: Some basic drawing experience is helpful but not required.

Level: Beginners

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.

Experience life on campus

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Available dates

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Details

Topics covered

You will be taken through all the components of cartoon drawing and illustration, which will include:

  • materials
  • character design and construction
  • page layout, framing, lettering, and caricature
  • pencilling, inking with brush and pen
  • stylistic approaches, facial expression
  • tricks of the trade, ideas and scripting
  • drawing from the imagination
  • acting, implied action, cartoon effects, and studio practices

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • HB, B or 2B pencils (not mechanical pencils)
  • Light blue pencils (preferably Faber-Castell "Col-Erase" light blue)
  • A4 photocopy paper (one pack of 500 sheets will last the whole course)
  • A pencil sharpener (preferably one that holds the shavings)
  • A number 2 or 3 size sable brush (Windsor & Newton Series 7 are best)
  • Dip-pen drawing nib(s) with holder
  • Black waterproof ink (Higgins "Black Magic" is suitable)
  • A 12 inch t-square
  • An eraser
  • A putty/kneadable eraser
  • An assortment of pens suitable for drawing (black ink only).
Meet the Tutor:

This beginners course will give you a foundation in the creative and technical aspects of all the applications of cartoon art. The skills that you'll learn may be applied to animation, comic books, graphic novels, panel cartoons, humorous illustration, storyboarding or newspaper strips.

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