Do you have an idea for a webcomic series that you’re dying to develop? Or have you been working on one but haven’t been able to finish it? In this webcomic series workshop, we’ll work on the essential fundamentals for making a webcomic that readers will want to follow day after day. Whether your style is comedy, sci-fi, fantasy, drama, you need to have the building blocks of story and theme, strong characters, and art direction to create your comic’s look and style. Learn how to make a webcomic and explore all the depths behind how to put it all together.
We’re going to have a lot of fun in this workshop. Carla Ventresca will be working directly with each student every step of the way in real-time. Students will be able to upload their work and the instructor will provide live feedback on drawing and design suggestions directly from her drawing tablet. Screen share will be utilized so students can view each other’s work after each exercise. So start thinking of that story you want to tell and those characters you want to create! We can’t wait to see you in class!
Topics that will be covered:
- Coming up with a webcomic story or theme
- Writing scripts and dialogue
- Designing characters
- Laying out the visual elements (Composition)
- Deciding the colors, fonts, drawing style (Art Direction)
- Putting it all together into a finished product
This Webcomic series workshop requires Internet Access and will take place via Google Meetings / Hangouts. Students have the freedom to work digitally or traditionally! Sessions will be recorded and shared with students.
- Digital Pen & Tablet
- Drawing program you are familiar with
- Thick, smooth paper (example: Bristol Board / Paper)
- HB Graphite pencil or lighter grade of Graphite Pencil
- A kneaded eraser
- Two black artist pens (one thick, one thin)
- A camera or scanner so you can share your artwork
About the Instructor
CARLA VENTRESCA is a syndicated comic strip cartoonist with over 20 years in the industry. Her comic strip “On a Claire Day” which she co-created with her husband was published in newspapers in the U.S. and in Canada. She was also one of the six women cartoonists for the comic “Six Chix” published in newspapers internationally. Carla also did cartoons for magazines Readers Digest and Parade Magazine and is a greeting card artist and writer with American Greetings/Carlton Cards. She’s been an artist all her life and can’t imagine doing anything else! She loves to share her passion for creating comics with her students and support them in pursuing their art. Carla is originally from the Philadelphia area in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.