The Superhero Comic: Narrative and Graphic Design

A course by Carlos Pacheco
Comic book artist. Majadahonda, Spain.
Joined February 2016
, Comic book artist

Learn to create the layout, sketch, illumination and finish for comic vignettes.

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (203)
  • 3194 students

Learn to create the layout, sketch, illumination and finish for comic vignettes.

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (203)
  • 3194 students
  • 13 lessons (2h 34m)
  • 6 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

Carlos Pacheco, comic artist from Marvel and DC, will teach you how to integrate superheroes or extraordinary beings into a daily world without the story jumping to pieces.

"Superheroes must move in an identifiable environment as real, in which they are the dissonant elements" , comments Carlos. This course emphasizes how to apply the narrative techniques of the comic to achieve that union between unreality and everydayness is consistent.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preproduction
  • U3
    U3. Production
  • U4
    U4. Postproduction
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin knowing better the work of Carlos Pacheco and his influences.

Then you will enter the script phase. Carlos will teach you the technical characteristics of each type of script and you will know how to approach the information included in it to transform it into the pages of your story.

Afterwards, you will carry out the search and selection of the reference material necessary for the preparation of the drawing material, you will choose the relevant scenes according to the narration and you will distribute the story in bullets.

Then you will start in the first physical approach to the pages of your story, the sketching or distribution of the bullets provided by page.

Later, following the advice of Pacheco, you will make the first thumbnails and pencil layouts choosing the planes, angles or points of view, the composition, the lines and the illumination of the vignettes, among other narrative aspects.

In the last phase of the process, you will make the final adjustments of the pages by digitizing them adding effects and color (although not directly committed by the artist but the colorist, Carlos Pacheco will talk about some previous indications to do to improve the understanding of the page depending on the narrative use of color).

What is this course's project?

Starting from a professional script provided by the teacher, you will make a comic strip of between 4 and 5 pages with varied sequences that can serve as a cover letter to the many North American publishers who visit the Comic Salons.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To illustrators, cartoonists, designers and all the fans of the cartoon of superheroes in its different stages, classic and modern, with desire and desire to be part of this industry.

Requirements and materials

Have a basic knowledge of the human and animal anatomy drawn, facial expression, perspective and natural drawing. Also some basic notions about the historical language.


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Carlos Pacheco

A course by Carlos Pacheco

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Comic book artist

Carlos Pacheco is a professional comic artist. He works for the comic book industry of American superheroes of companies such as Marvel and DC, with incursions into independent comics.

He has worked in collections of popular characters such as Avengers, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Inhumans, Superman, Superman and Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Justice League of America, etc.

His work has been recognized with different awards such as "Revelation author of 1996" from the American magazine Wizard, "Best Spanish author" granted by the readers of the specialized magazine Dolmen, "Best cartoonist of Spanish comics" of the Salón del Cómic de Granada in 2001, of the Fantastic and Terror Film Festival of Estepona (Málaga) in 2004, and his own creation series (together with the American screenwriter Kurt Busiek) is nominated for the prestigious Eisner awards in 2004. In 2010 and in the framework of the International Comic Fair of Granada, was awarded the Andalusian Comic Book Award.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2


    • Script: reading and interpretation
    • Search for reference material.
    • Drawing material
    • Selection of scenes and distribution in vignettes I
    • Selection of scenes and distribution in vignettes II
    • Sketching of the pages
  • U3


    • Realization of the page: the pencil I
    • Realization of the page: the pencil II
    • Final finishing
  • U4


    • Final adjustments of the pages by scanning
    • Ink and color indications
  • FP

    Final project

    • The superhero comic: narrative and graphic realization

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The Superhero Comic: Narrative and Graphic Design. Illustration course by Carlos Pacheco

The Superhero Comic: Narrative and Graphic Design

A course by Carlos Pacheco
Comic book artist. Majadahonda, Spain.
Joined February 2016
  • 96% positive reviews (203)
  • 3194 students