Capturing Stories in Fantasy Comics

A course by Gabriel Rodríguez
Writer and comic artist. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined December 2018
, Writer and comic artist

Create fantasy comic strips from the technical script to the sheet in pencil

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (144)
  • 2783 students

Create fantasy comic strips from the technical script to the sheet in pencil



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (144)
  • 2783 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 56m)
  • 11 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


A good story is the basis of any graphic narrative project. Without it, its execution loses strength and the interest of the audience vanishes. In this course you will learn to fill in the blank page with a good story for a fantasy comic book that you will then draw in pencil, by the hand of Gabriel Rodríguez - comic writer and cartoonist - co-creator of the series Locke & Key and collaborator of Marvel y DC Comics

If you have an idea in your head that you want to turn into a fantastic cartoon, you are in the right place.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. From the idea of a story to the script of a comic
  • U3
    U3. From the text to the graphic layout of the sequence
  • U4
    U4. From the layout to the pencil page
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start by getting to know Gabriel, who will tell you how he started in the world of comics, show you his most important works and summarize what you will learn in the course.

You will meet the artists and references that are reflected in their work, from illustrators to musicians, through authors, film directors and podcasts.

Before starting to develop your idea, you will review the materials you will use in the course.

You will start to direct your interests and ideas towards a fantasy and science fiction story that you will later tell in your story, to then develop the environment in which the characters will move.

You will learn to articulate your ideas and narrative intentions in a basic structure to tell a story and you will develop the technical script of your comic in a professional format.

Gabriel will explain how to make a first approach to transform your technical script into images with narrative meaning in a layout .

You will make basic schematic drawings of your comic, to define the composition, lighting, movement of the scenes and interaction of the characters in the story.

Once you have defined your layout , you will start with the pencil drawing of your comic. You will learn the basic criteria for the development of characters, emphasizing the relationship between personality, body expression and formal decisions oriented to the needs of the specific story.

You will design the world in which the story unfolds, through a creative process and research.

Finally, you will complete the pencil drawing of the page of your technical script that you find most entertaining and / or relevant.

What is this course's project?

You will write the short story and the technical script of four or five pages of a fantastic comic, and then pencil one of those five pages in professional format.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone with an affinity for graphic narrative, especially people with aspirations to create a comic book with professional publishing standards.

Requirements and materials

You will need a computer with a word processor and an image editor such as Adobe Photoshop, as well as basic technical drawing tools, paper, eraser and pencils.


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Gabriel Rodríguez

A course by Gabriel Rodríguez

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Writer and comic artist

Gabriel Rodríguez Pérez studied architecture at the Catholic University of Chile, although he has been dedicated exclusively to comic drawing and screenwriting for almost fifteen years. At the end of 2002 he published his first comic book for IDW Publishing and since then he has worked with them on more than thirty editorial projects.

In 2008 he created, along with screenwriter Joe Hill, the horror and fantasy series Locke & Key, which has been extended from two graphic novels to a series of six books in more than fifteen languages and an adaptation as a series for Netflix.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    From the idea of a story to the script of a comic

    • materials
    • Development and collection of material
    • Storyboard or story diagram
    • The technical script
    • The technical script, part two
  • U3

    From the text to the graphic layout of the sequence

    • The professional comic book drawing format and the use of the page
    • Planning the layout of a specific sequence
    • Composition of vignettes, staging
  • U4

    From the layout to the pencil page

    • Character design
    • Design of the world of history
    • Drawing of the final pencil page
    • Drawing of the final pencil page, part two
  • FP

    Final project

    • Capturing stories in fantasy comics

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Capturing Stories in Fantasy Comics. Illustration course by Gabriel Rodríguez

Capturing Stories in Fantasy Comics

A course by Gabriel Rodríguez
Writer and comic artist. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined December 2018
  • 99% positive reviews (144)
  • 2783 students