Learn to create a graphic narration from the idea to the final drawing
Become a storyteller The author and illustrator of comic books Paco Roca will teach you how to create a short comic book from start to finish, from the birth of the idea to the full color result. This course will allow you to delve deeply into the creation of a comic, discovering from the hand of the award-winning author the narrative mechanisms, techniques and tricks to achieve harmony between texts and illustrations. Humor, action, constumbrismo? It does not matter what your vision of the genre is. Paco will teach you all his work process and you can adapt it to your narrative style.
What's included in this course?
To warm up the engines, Paco Roca will guide you with a brief introduction to the world of comics and the creative process of a story. Next, you will work on the search for the idea (the seed of the comic), going through the most important part of the documentation. Once well informed and with clear ideas, you will focus your story beginning to elaborate the script, learning to divide it in its different parts and outlining the characters.
When you have the story on track, Paco will teach you to make several sketches, which you will use to present the point of view, the scenes, the plans, the actions ... Then you will structure all the information in the available space so that the comic works in harmony and readability. It will be time to pass it in pencil. You will learn to look for the graphic style that best suits the story. You will continue with the inking, the shadows and the color. Finally, you will learn to add the final labels to your comic.
And voilà! In 15 video lessons you will have become a true master of graphic narration.
What is this course project about?
As a final project of the course, you will create your own two-page comic with a self-contained story, that is, with a beginning and an end, following the style of Paco Roca's publications in El País Semanal. Although the exercise for this course consists of two pages, the method of work learned will serve you perfectly to create a longer comic or even a graphic novel.
Who is it for?
This course is aimed at anyone who likes to draw and wants to learn to tell stories through comics, one of the most free and creatively exciting media.
You will need basic knowledge of drawing and writing. As for the material, prepare paper, pencil, markers or brushes, a computer with Photoshop and a printer.
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I consider myself one of those privileged people who have managed to live from their childhood dream. Since I was little I wanted to work drawing and now I combine illustration with comics. As an illustrator I have done all kinds of works, from advertising to editorials, also through the world of the press, in which I have published among other sites in the cultural supplement Babelia and El Semanal of El País, Las Provincias, Corriere della Sera or Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin.
As for the comic, I started publishing in the Spanish magazine El Víbora. These collaborations were followed by the albums: GOG, The Lugubrious Game, Children of the Alhambra, The Lighthouse, Wrinkles (which among other awards has won the National Comic Award), The Sand Streets, Emotional World Tour, The Draftsman's Winter, Memories of a man in pajamas, The Metamorphosis and The furrows of chance.
I have also worked in television and radio and have worked as a scriptwriter and character designer in the film adaptation of my graphic novel Wrinkles, for which I received the Goya for the best adapted screenplay. In recent years I have not stopped traveling by doing exhibitions, giving workshops and giving talks about my work.