Teaching Comics Workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

When I was given the opportunity to teach a set of week-long comics workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, I had no idea it would be such an important week in my life. This summer has been packed with teaching comics workshops for children and teenagers in my home state … Continue reading

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THE ART OF MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

reposted from nytimes: For the 2001 comedy “Monsters, Inc.” Pixar Animation Studios devised all manner of squishy, creepy, cuddly, fuzzy, wobbly creatures to populate that tale of monsters who harness the energy of human screams to power their city. Now, the film’s prequel, “Monsters University,” (now in theaters), takes its familiar lead characters — the short, green, one-eyed Mike … Continue reading

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HOW TO MAKE A GRAPHIC NOVEL (5/7)

(Continued from Part 4: Brush and Ink) CHARACTER DESIGN There are countless ways of developing new characters. For this exercise, we’ll be working on faces. Ask students to draw a 9-panel grid in their sketchbooks and to draw a different abstract shape in each square. The shapes are not supposed to represent or look like anything … Continue reading

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Characters From My Book: Harold

With my very first graphic novel coming out in just a month and a half (so exciting!), I thought it would be fun to have a little getting-to-know-you of sorts, right here on the blog. So, without further ado, meet Harold: Harold is the main character in Upside Down: A Vampire Tale—my first graphic novel, coming this … Continue reading

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Character Design

From the First Second blog and the desk of Zack Giallongo: “Ever since I started down the path of drawing when I was a kid, my favorite thing was always the characters. It sounds obvious to me, but I realize that many people don’t always enjoy drawing characters or thinking about their design. As I got older, … Continue reading

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WILL TERRY / HOW TO ILLUSTRATE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

You can no longer talk about children’s book art in Utah without hearing Willy Terry’s name pop up. This is a good thing. A very good thing. See what I mean? This is a typical painting from Will—and by ‘typical’ I mean teeming with rich, luscious colors, playful contrast between light and dark tones, endearing … Continue reading

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Q & A with TOM GAULD

Tom Gauld has been a favorite cartoonist and illustrator of mine for nearly a decade now. His small self-published books and comics in the early 2000s were a healthy part of my balanced visual arts diet and his drawings and storytelling have only improved over the years. You might recognize Tom’s simplistic, minimalistic drawing style … Continue reading

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CHARACTER DESIGN WITH PETER DE SEVE

Peter de Sève is famed for his illustration work and cover art to The New Yorker since 1993. He is also undoubtably one of the leading character designers in today’s animated-film industry, and has created unforgettable characters for block-busters such as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Tarzan”, “Finding Nemo” or “Robots”. Peter was the sole … Continue reading

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