Character Design for Comics

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Character designs by Janice Liu, from Chicken Soup & Goji Berries

Have you ever wanted to learn how to design a cast of compelling characters for your comics?

How do you make characters look consistent every time you draw them? How do you use references to make your designs more believable while still sticking to your own visual style? We'll cover this and more in this 8-week art class. Great for teens interested in animation, comics, and concept art!

Because this course makes heavy use of research and references, students may bring an electronic device with which they can access Wi-fi (smartphones, tablets, iPads, and laptops are all ok). Please remember to charge the device before classes.

Recommended for students who've already taken this class: Young Cartoonists

About the instructor: Janice Liu is an illustrator and comic artist, in addition to being the owner-operator of Young Artists' Place. Her comics have been published in teen & literary magazines, and in Wayward Sisters anthology by TO Comix Press. She is also the artist and co-creator of the webcomic Chicken Soup & Goji Berries 中药鸡汤. Janice has been teaching art for kids since 2013, and works with schools and libraries to deliver comic workshops.

Class Schedule

Jan 12 - Mar 9, 2019 (no class Feb 16)8 weeksSaturdays 1pm - 2pm10-14$145

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Student work from past classes

Pavan, Daniel, and Jennifer brainstormed a comic story idea together, and each designed a character for this hypothetical story. We learned all about character construction, shape language, and how to push and pull to create cartoon characters with variance.