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The Art and Craft of the Weekly Comic

Course dates

July 1 to July 14, 2019

Application deadline

April 29, 2019

Develop your story ideas into a publishable weekly comic as you learn to create compelling, multi-dimensional characters and draw faster and more expressively.

  • Explore comic character development and storytelling techniques while working through the visual prototyping process.
  • Increase your ability to depict humor and drama through word and image.
  • Infuse your comic art with more confidence and graphic expressiveness through iterative drawing techniques.
  • Explore short-form and long-form comic narratives.
  • Display your comic sequences and stories in a public student showcase exhibition.

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COURSE NUMBER/CREDITS

Undergraduate: ART 421, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: ART 621, 3 units

MATERIALS FEE

$ 75

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Fine art majors (drawing, painting, printmaking) as well as commercial art majors (animation, illustration, graphic design) will enjoy this master class in visual storytelling. English and communication studies majors with drawing skills will enjoy transforming their written narratives into graphic story sequences. Graduating high school seniors and post-college graduates are also invited to apply.

All applicants should have intermediate to advanced proficiency in drawing. Additional useful skills include rapid prototyping sketching, gestural sketching ability, experience in hands-on pen (or brush) and ink techniques, as well as digitally comparable work in graphic software packages such as Photoshop or Illustrator. A passion for character and story development is a plus.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Submit a typed essay—up to one page in length—discussing your comic making and/or storytelling experience, as well as what you hope to explore during this course. Submit a web portfolio of 8–10 images of your current artwork, including image titles, media, and dates completed. You should include the URL of your web portfolio in your essay.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by April 29, 2019.

COURSE COORDINATOR

Professor Mario Estioko
916-878-0226


Guest Artists

Eric Orchard

Eric Orchard is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator from Nova Scotia, Canada. Eric has a fine art degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, specializing in painting and art history. His passion lies in children’s literature. He is the creator of graphic novels Maddy Kettle and Bera the One-Headed Troll and the illustrator of several picture books. Eric has been honored with the Spectrum Award and the Gryphon Award, and has been included in the Society of Illustrators annual exhibition. He has worked with MacMillan, Scholastic, IDW, Top Shelf, and other top publishers in the industry. 

MARIO ESTIOKO

Mario Estioko

Course Coordinator Mario Estioko is a professor of graphic design at Sacramento State University. Estioko has created visual experiences for such companies as Intel, Sysco, Charles Schwab, General Mills, and Clorox Co. His humorous illustrations have appeared in Boca Raton Magazine, Salt Lake City Magazine, Sactown Magazine, and The Comic Press News. He currently creates a single-panel online cartoon entitled “Incompatibles.” In 2016, his cartoon work was collected and published in the anthology, Incompatibles – The First 100 (Havenhurst Press).

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