Curated by Artway Alliance, whose mission is to teach students of various ages and artistic backgrounds how to create and market their original ideas for characters and stories with the help of Independent and Mainstream Artists and Writers in the industry.
Charm City Comic Pavilion
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Stage: In front of the Maryland Science Center, Inner Harbor Promenade
Friday, September 28
Pokemon Go & Draw with Anna Richardson
Join AWA Artists as they show you how to draw some of your favorite Pokemon characters. From the original 151 to the new Sun & Moon starters, these artists know them all. Participants may even help to create their own creatures! Bring your Pokedex and creativity!
How to Drawing Chibi
Chibi is a style formed from Japanese anime and manga, the word itself means "small child". This is fitting for a style that exaggerates features like head size and shape, height, and eye size. In this class students will learn to transform a character into a Chibi! We will explore different styles of Chibi as well as pinpointing key features to capture the identity and attitude of a character.
Be Your Own Superhero with C. Edward Sellner
We may not live in a world where people fly or lift cars, but we can all discover our own super-powers and be a real super-hero! Join a fun workshop and learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever! Learn what it takes to be a real super-hero, and design your own superhero look! This is an active and artistic workshop for children and youth ages 6 and up.
Saturday, September 29
Drawing Dynamic Expressions with Dennis Johnson
Give your characters new life with dynamic expressions! In this workshop, you will learn the basics of drawing facial features as well as how to manipulate them. This is essential for conveying emotions ranging from happiness and joy to anger and pain. Come discuss how facial features, expression, and body language can enhance your ability to portray strong emotion.
How to Draw Superhero's and Villains with Duane Pearson
What makes a good hero? Come learn the answer to this question and create your own hero. Whether a detective like Batman or a mutant like Wolverine, discover how to create a hero that the Justice League and Avengers would beg to be on their team. Alongside every hero you have a compelling Villain. From costume to personality, learn how to make a villain that stands out among any rogue's gallery.
Composing Sequential Art for Comic Books with Colin Byrd
This workshop will show you how to compose a complete image in sequential art. Instruction will focus on scene design, angles, tone, composition, composition, and traditional art-making essentials.
Sunday, September 30
Motion Graphics and Animation with Lateef A. Reid
In this workshop we will be looking at Adobe Illustrator and how it can be used for Animation as well as Motion Graphics.
Hit Confirm: a Brief History of Character Design for Video Games with Tyrone Barnes
Video games are the only mainstream art form in which the audience is not just present, but rather participating in the story. Its characters are not ones to simply be watched, but "used." How does one find a way to make a compelling character that is just as much fun to use as to watch? Game designers have come up with a lot of answers to this question over the years. Come sit down with Tyrone Barnes to see a brief summary of them! Q&A afterwards.
Comics in Culture: Crafting Social Issues in Storytelling with Jordan Clark
Hear from Comic Book Writer Jordan Clark and how he explored social issues using two of his newest projects "Elk Mountain" and "The Black Experience". This discussion will cover topics like the need for inclusion in storytelling and how to accurately portray different identities.