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Comics I: Intro to Sequential Art

In this 12-week course, renowned comic and fine artist George Pratt will teach you the fundamentals of comics and sequential art. You will learn how to turn a story into a visual narrative. George will demonstrate how to make layouts and breakdown sketches, the key components to composing a story. He will lecture on the foundational elements that are the building blocks of a comic book page. You will examine the work of master comic illustrators as George lectures on their techniques. After this course, you will have developed the knowledge to start telling compelling visual stories.

12 Lessons 21h 23m 26s of videos

In week six, George will teach you the different elements used on a page of sequential art. You will learn the vocabulary used when breaking down a comic book page. You will study how to arrange panels on a page and use software like Comic Life 3 to play with styles of panels and speech bubbles.

In week seven, George will lecture on the types of shots used in comics. You will learn about different camera angles for telling a story and the double-page spread. George will touch on the importance of gestures when illustrating comics. You will learn how tangents affect the readability of your panels, and more importantly, your pages.

In week ten, George will teach you how to choose the right moment to illustrate. You will learn to select the best snapshot of an action that represents the overall narrative. George will lecture on the strategies for penciling your final composition and explain how that image moves on to get inked.

Common Questions

Is this course beginner friendly?

This course is appropriate for intermediate levels. However, any level would benefit greatly from the core principles of sequential art taught in this course.

Are there any assignments in this course?

This course includes downloadable assignment PDFs, that help you practice the materials taught by instructor George Pratt. Keeping up with these assignments will maximize your learning outcomes.

What materials do I need to get for this course?

A material PDF list is linked in each lesson under the description. Please check the file to see what you need to prepare.

Can I do this course digitally, using Photoshop or Procreate?

Although we highly recommend that you use traditional materials for this course, all New Masters Academy courses are designed to be done traditionally or digitally. Software changes constantly, but the fundamentals stay the same. It will be up to you to translate the information that you are learning to your software of choice.