Analyze a story to visually interpret it
In a society overloaded with images, getting highlighted with a specific style while responding to the need of a client, is increasingly complicated. The illustrator Christian Montenegro has been achieving it for years, contributing a very personal graphic style to his works and following an exhaustive creative process behind each one of them.
In this course you will learn to elaborate a relationship between text and image. You will learn to analyze a story, investigate about it, draw conclusions, conceptualize, ask yourself the reasons for your creative decisions, sketch ideas and carry them out in the form of unique and expressive illustrations.
What's included in this course?
You will start getting to know Christian a little more, his training and his beginnings as an illustrator. You will discover what their references were; what disciplines, movements, authors and even music have influenced his career significantly.
You will learn that illustration is a trade whose purpose is to respond to different needs that a client may have: it can be for a book, an advertising campaign, a toy ... but in the end it is always a question of seeking an interpretation and transferring a concept to a image. You will see that the way to do it, is where an illustrator can shine providing an added value and a specific style.
You will work on the analysis and interpretation of texts, paying special attention to the relationship between text and image. Christian will ask you a series of questions that you should ask yourself about the story in question, to understand and get to internalize the text well to get simplified in concepts and forms.
Through examples, you will take a walk through the history of illustration, you will learn that it is a great source of inspiration and reflection in the creative process. Then, you will enter into the elaboration of a graphic concept, first from a more theoretical point of view and later moving on to the practical part.
You will make three final sketches that correspond to different parts of the same classic story. It is a purely experimental exercise. To do this, you will begin a research process to learn more about the work. You should take out the magnifying glass to find those little details that will enhance your creations. Once you have done the analysis, you must make decisions to get your graphic concept. The important thing is that you get to make that connection between text and image, to illustrate in an innovative way, a classic already known to all.
Afterwards, you will choose well what to sketch to pass your idea to paper. After closing the sketches corresponding to three instances of the story, you will reflect on the expressive possibilities of each one. Christian will finish in Adobe Photoshop, another one in Illustrator and will digitize the last illustration by passing it to black and white. The purpose is that you see the importance of choosing one technique or another.
You will finish your course knowing how to establish a relationship between text and image. Taking out a creative concept based on the text, which you will then sketch and raise to a higher level, illustrating it with the technique that allows you to get the most out of and express your work.
What is this course project?
You will analyze a text in depth and create several illustrations based on it. You will apply different expressive techniques to each illustration.
Who is it aimed at?
To anyone who is interested in illustrating and delving into different processes of artistic and expressive creation.
No previous knowledge is needed. It is not a drawing or technique course, it is mostly a course of deepening the conceptual and creative process.
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Christian Montenegro trained in the field of comics with Alberto Breccia. Then he entered the graphic design career of the UBA, training that completed him as a draftsman. He is the author of books such as "The Creation Pictures from the Genesis book" or "New Order". He also illustrated others such as "The Trapeze Artist" by Kafka; "Peleonas Mentirosas y Haraganas", "Four Skinny Black Cats" or "Cocorococó" written by Didi Grau. His latest project is "200 Years of Monsters and Argentine Wonders", an anthology of historical texts made by Gabo Ferro.
His work is worldwide recognized, awarded and collected in various yearbooks of creativity and illustration. He won the special prize Swatch Illustrative 2009 in Berlin (Germany), and recently it has been highlighted by the ALIJA foundation.