Friday, September 11, 2015

PR: Cartooning Class this fall at Upshur Books

Comics Djinn: Drawing and Storytelling by You, Led by Adam Griffiths, Cartoonist

Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Every Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM through November 9, 2015

Click here to register:
Cartoonist Adam Griffiths leads a four-session drawing and storytelling course that covers the cartooning process from style to character development to the nuts and bolts of getting started in the comics profession.

Each course is split into 2 half-hour blocks. One half covers the theme of the day's session. The other half is a studio lesson in comics.

Ages 18-Adult, All Skill Levels Welcome. 

Recommended reading: 
Drawing Words, Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel
This book will be available to course enrollees at a discount. 

8 ½ x 11" sketchbook, 50 pages
2 pencils: 2H & 2B
Alvin White vinyl pencil eraser
Gum eraser
12" ruler or T-square
NOTE: Do not buy inking supplies until we cover this topic in the 2nd session
FINAL PROJECTS: 2 pieces of 11 x 14" vellum Bristol board will be provided 

Participants will attain intermediate knowledge of comics literature and the comics profession. Participants will create one fully developed, completed page of comics. 

SESSION 1: Genres of the Comics World
 What interests you most? Editorial cartooning? Web comics? Daily strips? Graphic novels? Manga? Superheroes? Underground comics? Minicomics? Nobrow comics? Art comics? Zines? 
Instructor will lead a discussion of various facets of the comics and cartooning world, followed by a lesson in basic to intermediate concepts of the comics narrative language.

BAR HOURS: Every Thursday at 6:30pm during the course, Adam Griffiths will come to Petworth Citizen for SKETCH SHARE, which is open to the general public. Anyone wishing to share sketches made during this time will have them posted online and to the instructor's Instagram account with a special hashtag. Course participants can come to draw, discuss comics with peers or have questions answered by the instructor about their final projects. 
SESSION 2: Strength of Character
Character development is a crucial element to the storytelling process. The instructor will present successful examples of character-building, with participants offering insights about the characters they observe. The studio block will explore various inking methods.

SESSION 3: Word, Text, Form, Vision: Maximizing Your Storytelling 
Instructor will lead an in-depth lecture on the formal aspects of storytelling, delving into innovative storytelling concepts, themes, and challenges for creators. For the studio block, participants will have the opportunity to work on final projects with one-on-one feedback from the instructor.

SESSION 4: The Comics Profession and Final Critiques
How does a comics creator make it work today? What's in a cartoonist's portfolio? Where should I pitch my comics project? What type of exposure do I want for my work? Where can I meet other comics artists? Participants will be provided with a resource sheet and presented with samples. The instructor will cover expos, conventions, websites, professional journals, and publishers where a creator can find support, followed by a critiques of final projects. 

FINAL THURSDAY SKETCH SHARE: Participants' final projects and any other drawings made during the course will be presented in the reading room of Petworth Citizen.
See cartoons, illustrations, and artwork by the instructor:

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