Graphic Novel: Visual Story Telling

  • Dates: Monday, 7:15-9:15pm, 10 Weeks
  • Tuition: $90
  • Instructor: Stan Stroh

As an artist I shall be stressing the visual aspect of developing a graphic novel or cartoon. But we shall also be talking about the principles of storytelling; moving the action forward, understanding good story arc.

We shall work on discussing what kind of story the student will be telling (fiction/nonfiction, personal journey, historical), what the setting is or will be, what the characters thinks they want, the theme and what style best suits your story.

The drawing or design issues we shall cover will be the following:

How the story moves visually from frame to frame. Laying out a page. Visual perspective as it relates to point of view. Gesture of the human body to convey emotions and attitude. Design of each frame to suggest motion. Drawing the human figure is an important part of it. We’ll adjust to the level of ability, and learn some simple approaches to drawing the figure.

Certain techniques will be introduced, including cross hatching, shading, dark and white shapes to create mood and dramatic effect.

Each student will be working on a dummy.