ONLINE! Basics of Comic Development Camp

Summer Workshop

Workshop Details

AGES: 12 – 18. Beginners Welcome. MTM Student-led course.

This summer camp is designed to develop essential ideas about visual storytelling and will give an understanding of the skills needed to create a comic. Throughout the course of the workshop students will have the opportunity to develop characters, settings, and more importantly, storytelling surrounding potential comic concepts. The goal is to give students an introductory level understanding of the tools that they need to create a comic book page. Beginning a the basic structure of drawing and expanding out to the production of penciled comic book pages.

This camp runs Monday through Friday for two weeks.

Topics that will be Covered:

  • Basic notions of perspective and structure
  • How to manipulate basic shapes in space
  • How to use structure to create a character
  • How to move a character in space
  • Two-point perspective
  • Developing a setting with character
  • Developing an idea for a three-page comic
  • Layout and thumbnails
  • Penciling and last details

When you register for this Online workshop, you will receive 25% off this workshop’s listed pricing by using the coupon code STAYATHOME25 . Please note materials are not included in this cost. These materials should be purchased after we have sent out a confirmation email that this class will be running.


This workshop requires Internet Access and will take place via Google Meetings / Hangouts. Students are encouraged to work traditionally though exceptions can be made. Sessions will be recorded and shared with students.

  • Bond paper / Printer paper
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Graphite pencil (2B or HB preferred)
  • Camera or Scanner to share work

About the Instructor

MANUELA OTERO DUQUE is a 3rd year Illustration and Storytelling for Sequential Arts Student here at Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design. Manuela has previously worked as an art instructor online and in person since 2016. She has been working at fostering student’s curiosity by creating and adapting lessons plans according to student needs, keeping a positive atmosphere around the subjects she has taught, and engaging and interacting with students to ensure they are getting the most out of their time together. More of Manuela’s work can be viewed on her Instagram page.

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