Comics Class for Kids with Jim Higgins
Six Saturdays, September 22 to October 27 at the Culver store 3:30pm to 6:00pm
Does your kid love to draw? Do they like comics? Then they’d love this class for kids all about making comics. They’ll learn the fundamentals of telling a story in comics form, plus basic drawing tips, information on how to write good stories, and fun activities that will help them learn all these skills. For more info: email the instructor, Jim Higgins, at email@example.com.
Cost: $180 total, payable at the first session.
Parents MUST provide their email address and phone numbers to Jim.
Making Comics with Jim Higgins
Making Comics is a 12-session class that focuses on the fundamental skills of creating comics. The class is for both writers and artists. In it, you’ll learn the most important aspect of writing — how to structure a story as it relates to the medium of comics and graphic novels. Cartoonists will often take art classes to improve their drawing, but not enough take the time to hone their skills as writers. In this workshop, writers and cartoonists learn the essential knowledge needed to write a story with interesting characters, an engaging plot, and a satisfying ending. The artists will be given drawing tips, instruction about technique, and examples of work by great masters, new and old, to help with visual storytelling, composition, light and dark, figure work, and other drawing skills. Writers will be given example of the best formats for comics scripts, examples of pro scripts, and info on how to find and work with artists.
The goal for the artists is to have a finished 8 to 10-page mini-comic that is a complete, self-contained story at the end of the classes. The goal for writers is to have a completed script for a self-contained, 14 to 15-page short comics story.
12 Saturdays, September 22 to December 15 (no class on November 24)
To sign up, e-mail Jim Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up on the 21st!
The Art of Inking – A Workshop For Comics Artists and Illustrators
Drawing is an essential skill for many types of art, especially comics. For many artists and illustrators, getting all the work done in pencil is only part of the process. To print it, they want it to look solid and be in some kind of final form. The way that’s been accomplished throughout history is to go over it with some kind of ink. Or as it’s usually said, to ink it.
In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn various different techniques to ink either your artwork or the work of others. You’ll learn how to use various types of brushes and India ink, dip pens with different types of nibs, and an array of disposable pens and brush pens that can often mimic the effects done with those other traditional tools, but with less mess and less maintenance. The art of inking is not something taught very often, even in art schools. But you’ll learn the ropes here.
Supplies to get:
A #2 watercolor brush
A bottle of Speedball waterproof black ink
2 disposable black ink pens of any size by brands like Prismacolor, Copic Fineliner (not the fat, broad-tip, alcohol-based ones), Faber-Castell, or Micron. If you have any brush pens, bring those (though it’s not necessary that you buy one)
A set of dip ink pens. Most art supply stores have ones that have a large and small pen and multiple nibs. Below is an example I’ve seen around.
Bring one drawing of yours done in pencil to ink in class. There will also be pages of pencils by comics pros for you to ink.
Cost: $75 payable at the register the day of the workshop.
Sunday, September 30 from 1 to 6pm.
Writing Horror For Comics And Film
In this online class, we’ll analyze various comics and films in order to understand some of the tropes, methods, and techniques used to make great horror stories as well as the reasons behind our desire to be scared. We’ll look at different psychological issues and delve into the deeper aspects of the unconscious mind that inform these stories. We’ll also look at some of the metaphors that these stories deal in and how they relate to our lives. The students will learn how to craft a great horror story using these themes and elements. Everyone will work toward finishing a scene-by-scene outline for their story. The class will meet live in an online platform TBA and will be recorded so that students can re-listen to it later or can listen for the first time if they can’t be in the class live.
When: Tuesday, November 6 to Tuesday, December 18
Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm Pacific Time
To sign up, go here:
Want to buy the class as a gift? Pay for it and just e-mail me your confirmation and the name of who you’d like to give it to. Contact me at email@example.com.
The classes are taught by me, Jim Higgins. I’m a former DC Comics editor, small alternative comics publisher, and have taught comics classes and workshops for 18 years at The School of Visual Arts in NYC, and atCalArts, UCLA Extension, Meltdown Comics, and The Society of Illustrators LA in Los Angeles. I’ve appeared on as an expert on comics on ABC News Nightline, BBC Radio, Storage Wars (!), and have a class at Nerdist’s online channel Alpha called Crafting Comic with Jim Higgins (www.projectalpha.com).