The Comic is Another Story

A course by Paco Roca
Comic Book Author and Illustrator. Valencia, Spain.
Joined September 2014
, Comic Book Author and Illustrator

Learn to create a graphic story, from the idea to the final illustration

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (488)
  • 8676 students

Learn to create a graphic story, from the idea to the final illustration



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (488)
  • 8676 students
  • 16 lessons (3h 24m)
  • 12 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

Want to become a visual storyteller? In this online course, award-winning comic book author and illustrator Paco Roca teaches you how to create a short comic from start to finish. Take an in-depth look at each step involved and discover your teacher's secrets to crafting an engaging story, from narrative devices to tricks and techniques for achieving the perfect balance between your text and illustrations.

Whether your favorite genre is humor, action, or even costumbrismo, Paco shows you his creative process and how to adapt it to your personal narrative style.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. We create the story
  • U3
    U3. We make the sketches
  • U4
    U4. We draw
  • U5
    U5. We put color
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Paco Roca kicks off the course with a brief introduction to himself and the world of comics and storytelling.

Next, find an idea for your comic and broaden your understanding of the topic with some thorough research. Once you have all the background information you need, start outlining your story and characters in a script, learning to divide it into coherent parts.

Now it's time to transform your ideas into images. Paco guides you through making your initial sketches and how to use them to establish points of view, arrange scenes, set up character actions, etc. Then distribute all the information in the available panel space to ensure your comic is legible and flows well.

Lay down the first layer of your story in pencil, searching for the graphic style that best suits it, before inking and adding shading and color. Finish up your comic by inserting the text

Et voilà! You now have the skills to create your very own comics from cover to cover.

What is this course's project?

Make your own two-page comic with a self-contained story in the style of your teacher's publications in El País Semanal. Although the final project is two pages, you can use the principles and work process that Paco teaches you to create a longer comic or even a graphic novel.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who likes drawing and wants to explore the creative freedom of telling stories through comics.

Requirements and materials

Basic drawing and writing skills are required for this course.

As for materials, you need paper, pencil, markers or brushes, a computer with Photoshop, and a printer.


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8676 Students
488 Reviews
97% Positive ratings

Paco Roca

A course by Paco Roca

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Comic Book Author and Illustrator

Paco Roca considers himself one of those fortunate people who has managed to make their childhood dream come true. He always wanted to make a living by drawing and currently works as a comic book author and illustrator. He has collaborated on a wide variety of illustration projects across many sectors, from advertising to press and publishing, and his work has been featured in the culture supplement Babelia and El País Semanal, as well as in Las Provincias, Corriere della Sera, and Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin.

As for comics, he began publishing in the Spanish magazine El Víbora, which led to his standalone works GOG, El Juego Lúgubre, Hijos de la Alhambra, El Faro, Arrugas (which earned him the National Comic Award, among others), Las Calles de Arena, Emotional World Tour, El invierno del dibujante, Memorias de un hombre en pijama, La Metamorfosis, and Los surcos del azar.

He has also worked in television and radio and collaborated as a screenwriter and character designer in the film adaptation of his graphic novel Arrugas, earning him a Goya Award for best adapted screenplay. In recent years, he's been traveling the globe participating in exhibits, teaching workshops, and giving talks about his work.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Paco Roca
    • World of comics
    • World of comics 2
  • U2

    We create the story

    • The idea
    • The documentation
    • The Script (theory)
    • The Script (practice)
    • Settings in the script
  • U3

    We make the sketches

    • Sketched (theory)
    • Sketched (practice)
  • U4

    We draw

    • We draw in pencil
    • Retouch
    • Inking
  • U5

    We put color

    • Shading
    • Colour
    • Labeled
  • FP

    Final project

    • The comic is another story

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The Comic is Another Story. Illustration course by Paco Roca

The Comic is Another Story

A course by Paco Roca
Comic Book Author and Illustrator. Valencia, Spain.
Joined September 2014
  • 97% positive reviews (488)
  • 8676 students