Drawing Comics: Storytelling with Words and Pictures

Christine Nishiyama, Artist at Might Could Studios

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16 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Class Trailer

      2:19
    • 2. Project Assignment: Draw a 1-Page Comic

      1:06
    • 3. What's a Sequential Story?

      2:32
    • 4. Gathering Our Materials

      2:19
    • 5. Writing Techniques

      3:58
    • 6. Writing the Outline

      1:06
    • 7. Combining Words and Pictures

      1:45
    • 8. Thumbnailing with Words

      2:43
    • 9. Panel Transitions

      1:51
    • 10. Thumbnailing with Sketches

      2:32
    • 11. TIming

      3:40
    • 12. Drawing the Panels

      1:54
    • 13. Framing

      1:16
    • 14. Drawing the Story

      2:14
    • 15. Inking and Lettering

      9:02
    • 16. Wrapping Up

      0:32
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Project Description

Draw a one-page comic inspired by a childhood memory.

ASSIGNMENT

The project assignment for this class is to draw a one-page comic of a childhood memory. This assignment will help you explore how to tell a story with both words and images, and how to organize a story sequentially on a page.

You have two options for completing your comic:

  • Option 1: Use one of the panel templates availble here as a class download to give you a jumpstart and help you organize your comic. 
  • Option 2: Draw your own panels and make the entire comic yourself!

Be sure to download the Project Guide, which includes notes from the class, the panel templates, and a list of some of my favorite graphic novels. The guide will also help you remember and organize all the information you learn from the videos and help jumpstart your comic.

Whether you decide to use my templates or make your own panels, you can upload your one-page comic to the Project Gallery clicking on the “start your project” button on this page! You can also check out the comic I made during this class, admire your fellow student’s work and check out how they made their comics! I look at every project that’s posted in all my classes, and am always thrilled to see your work!

DELIVERABLE

Post your 1-page comic and any process work you’d like to show in the Project Gallery to share with your fellow students and receive feedback! 

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