Drawing Series: Visual Storytelling is a series of four two-hour classes devoted to cartooning, comic art, and sequential storytelling.
Learning to Look: Our study will begin with a simple “thumbnail” sketch that transforms into a single-panel drawing, illustrating a descriptive event. From there, we will learn about the framework and components needed to create a sequential story and expand our narrative to use multiple panels.
We will learn about the Elements of Design (shape/form, space, form, line, tone/value, and perspective) and the Elements of Composition (balance, rhythm, pattern, emphasis, contrast, unity, and movement) and how they aid in creating dynamic scenes and emotional triggers for a reader.
Class lessons will include the following:
- ongoing study to improve drawing skills
- ongoing study of perspective (1-pt, 2-pt, 3D shapes, aerial). With the addition of viewpoints (close-up, bird’s, foreground etc.) for the purpose of dynamic storytelling
- basic storytelling devices and designs, i.e. what is a story arc?
- dynamic line of action/action shots for scene and character design
- panel layout design and creating movement from panel to panel
- short art historical slide presentations
Learn something new. Improve your skills. Wow yourself!
The class is held on Monday evenings:
June 5, 12, 19
Level: Open to all. Some basic drawing knowledge is helpful.
Maximum size: 10
Available seats: 8
We do accept names for a waiting list.
Bring your imagination!
Additional materials list will be emailed after registration. These materials may be purchased in class.
Artist: M-J Kelley
M-J is a classically trained figurative artist with advanced training in cartooning, comic art, and sequential storytelling. Her work focuses on hand-drawn fine art, wildlife illustration, surreal, anthropomorphic landscapes, and comic art. Her work may be viewed at M-J Kelley Studio.