Ever wanted to illustrate your own story, but had no idea where to even begin…? Curious about what goes into publishing your comic or graphic novel?
Michael K. Lyman, whose own graphic novel Dark Office has just been published on Amazon’s Comixology platform, has created this fun, innovative class that takes you through every step, available in two locations:
Morean Art Center, St. Petersburg – Monday evenings, 6:30 – 8pm starting February 25 [Registration Link]
Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center – Thursday evenings, 7 – 8:30pm starting March 14 [Registration Link coming soon]
Students who sign up for the class receive access to a free 60 page e-book he created specifically for students of this class! What will be covered?
Class 1 – Creating A Story and Characters
Class 2 – Writing the Script
Class 3 – Storyboarding
Class 4 – Penciling
Class 5 – Lettering and Inking
Class 6 – Scanning, Uploading and Printing
Students should have an interest in creating a comic-type story, an intermediate-to-advanced skill in drawing, and be prepared to work on their projects between sessions in order to finish the graphic novel by the the end of the class. To help students along the way, templates, visual examples, online resources and hand-outs will be made available by the instructor.
This page will provide the goals of each class along with tips and helpful links to help students stay engaged in this fun process.
The first class will start the process by generating story ideas, plot, and characters. Emphasis is not on perfection, but quickly whipping up a “blueprint” for the finished product. Students will focus on the following:
The second class will focus on converting the plot created in the first class into the script. This class will involve:
The third class will take the script and convert it into rough sketches that will represent the finished page, which involves the following:
The fourth class will use the storyboards from the previous class to begin the finished project; this is where students’ art skills and styles will shine. Students will be working with higher quality art board paper and will learn the following:
The fifth class will take the penciled art boards and begin the process of inking them. In this class students will learn:
The last class will help students understand how to scan and upload their creations, and put them online so their graphic novels can be shared with others. In this class students will learn:
This video presentation has hopefully useful information in the various steps involved with planning a graphic novel; a lot of what is in this video will be discussed in class
⭅Find something he/she is missing
⭅Escape escape from a situation
⭅Solve a mystery
⭅Defeat an enemy/overcome a challenge/gain revenge
⭅React to a situation/change in his/her environment
Visit this link for list of positive, neutral, negative personality traits
⭅Someone/something trying to stop him/her
⭅The character’s inner fear of failure/rejection/death
⭅Physical limitations (blindness, physical weakness, etc)
⭅Social pressure from friends, community, government
⭅Obtained the object of his/her quest
⭅Achieved inner peace, maturity