ONLINE! Introduction to Backgrounds in Comics Camp

Summer Workshop

Workshop Details

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

This beginner friendly comics camp will focus on drawing backgrounds for storytelling! Learning how to design and draw background elements such as cities, forests, and the sky can be a challenge for many young artists looking to expand their storytelling practices! Through this Camp, students will have the opportunity to layout a story in pictures and frames, learn where to place speech bubbles for ease of reading, and how to make their own short comic from start to finish all while utilizing the often overlooked element of defining the space where your story takes place.

There will be plenty of short comics the students will be encouraged to produce and will allow for the flexibility of collaboration, whether that’s simply bouncing ideas or creating a comic together! This camp takes place Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 am until 1 pm EST/GMT-5 for 2 weeks.

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 the cost of this workshop. 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 have the freedom to work digitally or traditionally! Sessions will be recorded and shared with students.

For Traditional Artists:

  • Paper (document size or larger preferred)
  • Newsprint
  • A clear long ruler of at least 24 inches in length
  • Pencils (weight of your preference though 2H, HB, or 2B may be preferred)
  • Erasable coloured pencils (example: Col-Erase)
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • A short clear ruler
  • A range of inking pens from thin to thick

For Digital Artists:

  • A drawing program with a digital grid such as adobe photoshop, clip studio, or procreate
  • A drawing tablet

About the Instructor

ADRIANNE CHAN is a 2019 graduate of the Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design from the Illustration for Sequential Arts Program. She has a fond passion for drawing narrative illustrations and believe it’s a form of art that all ages can enjoy. She aims to encourage students to draw their stories and ultimately share them as they can provide students as well as those who read them with great joy.

Adrianne has been commissioned by the calendar company Time Of Day and has produced a movie poster and short comic for the film Whenever You’re Ready, directed by Jenna Harder. Adrianne is fluent in a multitude of Digital Art programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Clipstudio and Procreate. You can see more of Adrianne’s work on Instagram or her Website.

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