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COMIC ART & STORYTELLING MASTER

Join top international artists from Dark Horse, Marvel, Image, Skybound, DC and Bonelli in a 1 year intensive program on Comic art and
Storytelling for Graphic Novels

COMIC ART 
MASTER COURSE:

The Art of Storytelling

 

Join Lorenzo De Felici, Gigi Cavenago, Simone Di Meo, Cristiano Spadoni, Riccardo Torti and Michele Monteleone in one of the best comic art courses in Europe.

 

In this intensive 1-year course students will bring their own stories to life by inventing a setting, the characters, and the universe. The lectures and assignments will touch on all the major aspects of developing an original story for graphic novels and how to build a world. 

 

Being a very practical course, students will learn how to create compelling comics and graphic novels that can resonate with their audience. They will explore the art of inking and the power of line as well as the most advanced and commonly used coloring techniques. 

 

All of this will be based on a story you will develop in class thanks to specific classes on comic writing and IP development.

By the end of the course, students will have their comic project pitch ready, including the first pages of their story and the complete studies of characters, creatures, and environment that are part of it. Participants are expected to come with their own ideas/story as well as solid drawing and digital painting skills.
 

COURSE CONTENT PART 1 - THE PAGE

  • ​​In-depth review of anatomy and perspective for comics.

 

  • Introduction to storytelling for comics – the most famous authors and comic book artists – understanding the script – how to adapt it to the comic page

 

  • Frame, sequences, and scenes – Narrative rules and how to adapt them – managing the script – focus the main topics of the story both visually and in writing.

 

  • Storyboarding the pages and searching for the right references – Character and Environment design – style research – development of the secondary storyboard

 

  • Comparative analysis of comic book narrative in different parts of the world (eg. European, American and Asian comics). Narrative rhythm and symmetry.

 

  • Reference research, development of the world –the creation of a comic universe – fundamentals of drawing: perspective, anatomy, gesture, composition and style

 

  • The power line, inking and black and white composition

 

  • Basic Color and Lighting - Applying flat colors – deciding the color palette of the characters (tone, hue, saturation), the CMYK palette and the color wheel.

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  • In depth study of photoshop and layer functions – Kinetic lines and how to apply them – getting the pages ready for printing – how to look for a publisher and create a successful pitch – self promotion on social media 

 

  • Sound FX and lighting | Photoshop effects (overlay, multiply, etc.) | Kinetic/movement lines: how to apply them | Getting pages ready for the printing | Showing your project to a publisher | Understanding and use of the social media to promote your work.

 

  • Putting the balloons on the page – managing panel space for the best composition.

COURSE CONTENT PART 2 - IP DEVELOPMENT & WRITING

  • Idea generation and in-depth analysis of masterworks

 

  • The fundamentals of the narrative structures

 

  • Genres and narrative styles (with a complete study of each literary genre and its common narrative topos

 

  • Character creation (and their antagonists and supporting actors)

 

  • Creating and managing your world and how it influences your main character relative to the chosen literary genre.

 

  • Wrapping up your main story subject and how to present it to an editor.

 

  • Writing techniques (from the writing of a page to staging and how to use the comic cage)

 

  • Create believable dialogs and finding each character’s voice.

 

  • Write your action sequences.

 

  • Entering the comic book market and find the right publisher for your project.​​​

 

  • Final touches and delivery of 5 finished comic book pages, character, and environment design to finalize the pitch of your story.

THE TEACHERS

Being a student at IDEA Academy’s drawing course means that you will be given the chance to enter in a unique school in Italy where there is an important network of international professionals and teachers who are currently working as leading artists in their respective fields.
IDEA's staff is always available to offer portfolio reviews and helpful advice to students who would like to attend the Comic Art Master Course: The Art of Storytelling

Lorenzo De Felici
Co-author with Robert Kirkman on "Oblivion Song" for Skybound
Gigi Cavenago
Cover Artist for Dylan Dog by Sergio Bonelli Editore,
penciler and inker for Orphans, Illustrator and Visual Development Artist
Simone Di Meo
Comic artist and inker for Marvel, BOOM! Studios, IDW, etc.
Cristiano Spadoni
Comic and cover artist for "Julia" Sergio Bonelli Editore, Illustrator
Riccardo Torti
Comic book artist and cover artist for Bonnelli on Dylan Dog, editor and penciler for 4hoods.
Michele Monteleone
Writer for Bonelli and Bao on projects such as Orphans, Dylan Dog, Jhon Doe, Senzombra...
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OTHER ADVANTAGES

GUEST TEACHER WORKSHOPS

IDEA Academy also offers its students the great opportunity to attend workshops with internationally renowned professionals working for Marvel, DC, Skybound, Dark Horse, Pixar, Dreamworks, Blizzard, Activision, Cartoon network, Florence Academy of Fine Arts and much more…

OTHER ACTIVITES

Being a student at IDEA Academy’s drawing course means that you will be given the chance to enter in a unique school in Italy where there is an important network of international professionals and teachers who are currently working as leading artists in their respective fields.
IDEA's staff is always available to offer portfolio reviews and helpful advice to students who would like to attend the Comic Art Master Course: The Art of Storytelling

MATERIALS

Students will learn t draw using different tools in order to expand and refine their technical knowledge. Pencils, charcoal, ink and brushes will all be used during the course.

ENROLLMENT DATES 2019/20

Enrollment deadline: September 27th, 2019

Starts on: September 30th, 2019

Ends on: June 26th, 2020

LESSON SCHEDULE

CLASS A

 

Mondays:          14:30 - 18:30
Wednesdays:     14:30 - 18:30

Fridays:             14:30 - 18:30

 

IMPORTANT: The school reserves the right to change the course's schedule

COST

The cost of the course is as follows:

 

  • € 1000 annual enrollment fee (VAT included)

  • € 4500 tuition fee (VAT included)

 

The sum is to be paid as follows:

 

  • Enrollment:             1000€ (VAT included) to be paid at the enrollment

  • First installment:      1500€ (VAT included) to be paid within September 30th, 2019

  • Second installment: 1500€ (VAT included) to be paid within January 15th, 2020

  • Third installment:     1500€ (VAT included) to be paid within April 15th, 2020

 

 

Alternative payment solutions can be arranged with the school

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