Imaginary Worldbuilding for Comic Book Drawing

A course by Liam Sharp
Writer and Illustrator. Walnut Creek, United States.
Joined September 2020
, Writer and Illustrator

Learn to enhance your storytelling skills by exploring illustration techniques to create rich, believable environments for comic books and other artistic pieces

  • 121 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to enhance your storytelling skills by exploring illustration techniques to create rich, believable environments for comic books and other artistic pieces



  • Available from August 11, 2022
  • 121 students
  • 18 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


For award-winning comic artist Liam Sharp, storytelling is a defining part of what makes us human; it has inspired us to cross oceans and reach for the stars. Through his striking artwork and immersive worldbuilding, he has collaborated with best-selling authors and publications like DC Comics.

In this online course, Liam takes you through his creative technique to create compelling illustrated universes that enhance a comic or story. By combining pencils, ink, paint, and Photoshop, he takes you step by step through creating a detailed universe that can transport a reader into another world.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Fundamentals of World Building
  • U3
    U3. The Establishing Shot and Inset
  • U4
    U4. The Colouring Technique
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know comic artist Liam Sharp. He shares his creative journey, which has seen him go from publishing, to advertising, to concept art for TV and film. Then hear his favorite comic artists who’ve inspired him most.

Get an overview of the fundamentals of worldbuilding, and see how to break down a script. Liam goes through all the materials needed for the course. Then, he guides you through some drawing warm-up exercises for experimenting with free-form shapes.

Next, learn Liam’s process for laying out a page while sketching, and see how to do it with a sponge and brush. Since worldbuilding is all about details, he also shows you how to use fine-nib pens to enrich your artwork.

Lastly, learn how to create texture with coloring techniques using paint. To wrap up the course, Liam shows you how to enhance your artwork using Photoshop.

What is this course's project?

Illustrate a page of comic art using pencil, ink, paint, and Photoshop, then apply a written script.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in comics or mixed-media illustration.

Requirements and materials

Some drawing experience is beneficial, but not essential.

To take this course, you need a sketchbook, Indian ink, sponges, a brush pen, pencils, an eraser, a ruler, acrylic paint, brushes, a spatula, and access to Photoshop if you wish to digitally enhance your illustration.


Liam Sharp

A course by Liam Sharp

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Writer and Illustrator

Liam Sharp is an award-winning British comic book artist, writer, publisher, and co-founder of Madefire Inc. He’s worked with major comic companies, from Marvel, DarkHorse, Image, and DC. Liam has also created his own comics, titled Starhenge.

He’s drawn the Hulk, Spider-man, Venom, Spawn, and more recently the best-selling Wonder Woman Rebirth series, The Lies and The Truth. He also illustrated an issue of The Justice League, a Dark Knight Metal tie-in, and the acclaimed The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman series, which he also wrote. Liam recently finished a 24-issue illustration of The Green Lantern,, and Batman: Reptilian for DC's Black Label imprint.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    The Fundamentals of World Building

    • Organic Shapes: Basic Exercises
    • Analyzing the Script
    • What Is the Corridor?
    • Materials
  • U3

    The Establishing Shot and Inset

    • The Layout 1
    • The Layout 2
    • The Layout 3
    • The Inking Process 1
    • The Inking Process 2
    • Final Details 1
    • Final Details 2
    • Final Details 3
  • U4

    The Colouring Technique

    • Applying Textures in Photoshop 3
    • Applying Textures in Photoshop 2
    • Applying Textures in Photoshop 1
    • Creating Textures
  • FP

    Final project

    • World building for comic books

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Imaginary Worldbuilding for Comic Book Drawing. Illustration course by Liam Sharp

Imaginary Worldbuilding for Comic Book Drawing

A course by Liam Sharp
Writer and Illustrator. Walnut Creek, United States.
Joined September 2020
  • 121 students