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CARTOONING
The art of cartooning is both simple and complicated at the same time. Any child can sit down and create some manner of cartoons. Whether drawing vaguely recognizable caricatures of family members and pets, or writing and illustrating a complete four panel comic strip, most kids are natural born cartoonists. But the older kids become, the less confident they become about their art. This class is all about understanding the difference between “drawing” and “cartooning,” and how to use cartooning skills to create single panel and 3-4 panel humor-based comic strips.
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COMICS I, II, III
These classes focus on understanding the basic principles involved with creating comic books and graphic novels. There’s a world of difference between single panel humor comics like THE FAR SIDE and comic book-based graphic novels like WATCHMEN, but the core concept of communicating with a mixture of words and pictures is consistent no matter the genre, style or subject matter. Students will learn how to use page composition and panel layouts to effectively manipulate a reader’s emotions, not to mention facial expressions, body language, camera angles, dramatic lighting, and so much more.
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CONCEPT DESIGNING
Whether creating comic strips or comic books, animated cartoons or videogames, one of the most difficult problems artists have to face is knowing that they have to draw not just the cool stuff, but ALL the stuff called for in a script: houses, hotels, castles, airplanes, cars, spaceships, laboratories, monsters, costumes, ancient gladiators, daring frontiersmen, dogs, cats, old men, young girls, cowboys, police, politicians, crashing waves, arid deserts, dank caves--EVERYTHING!! Students in this class will practice conceptualizing the worlds described in their stories.
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CHARACTER DESIGNING
When animating characters in cartoons and videogames, artists are required to know what those characters look like from multiple points of view. Students in this class will work on how to create model sheets from written character descriptions. This will include full turnaround (front/back/side) views, a variety of facial expressions, and various “action” poses.
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STORYBOARDING
Whether traditionally hand drawn or created with the help of state-of-the-art digital software, animated cartoons (as well as video games and most movies) don’t just materialize out of thin air, they are written and storyboarded first (not always in that order, either). A storyboard breaks a story down into individual chunks of illustrated sequences. The best storyboards can help elevate and enhance a basic plot, helping the written text to “come alive,” thanks to interesting camera placements and angles, body language, facial expressions, dramatic staging, etc.
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STORYDRAWING I & II
The purpose of this class is to strengthen basic drawing skills with regards to visual storytelling. Each student works on observational life drawing and sketching, incorporating props and environments from a variety of locations, as well as professor-provided photographs.
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STORYDRAWING FOR PICTURE BOOKS
These days, it can be a little hard to tell the difference between some picture books and graphic novels, and there’s nothing wrong with that. For the purposes of this class, students will practice telling a story entirely with pictures and no accompanying text--as pure a form of “storydrawing” as it gets. Working from one of several prepared brief plots, students will design characters and environments, as well as develop a set of twenty four thumbnail sketches that carry the story from the first page to the last. Over the course of the class, the thumbnail sketches will be edited and refined, with the goal of improving the overall quality of the storytelling.
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INDEPENDENT STUDY
This class features no homework assignments, allowing students to work on projects they control from start to finish, with the professor offering help, suggestions, and full critiques only.
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