From the basics of character development and design, and learning Manga Studio--an essential piece of software--to courses on page layout, penciling, coloring, and lettering, this comprehensive learning path will provide you with all the tools you need to create a dynamic comic book.
Learn the fundamentals of how to develop a character.
Breaks down the fundamentals of drawing, from line, tone, value, and light to negative space, perspective, and composition.
2h 24m • COURSE
Learning Character Development and Design with Mary Jane Begin
Learn how to develop memorable, believable characters for all types of illustration: cartoons, comics, feature animation, gaming, kid's books, and advertising.
1h 25m • COURSE
Drawing Good and Evil Comic Book Characters with Ben Bishop
Learn how to draw comic book characters—villains and superheroes alike—in these simple drawing tutorials from Ben Bishop.
2h 1m • COURSE
Photoshop: Coloring Comic Book Characters with Ben Bishop
Learn how to add color, subtle shading, and simple environments to your comic book character drawings in Photoshop.
1h 39m • COURSE
Designing Dynamic Layouts with Text and Dialog in Comics with Ben Bishop
Learn the art and craft of comic book layout. Find out how to achieve a dynamic balance between the art and text, including narration, dialog, and sound effects.
1h 34m • COURSE
Learning Graphic Novel Storyboarding with Ben Bishop
Learn how to use storyboard film techniques to understand shot composition, consistency, and movement within a frame, and apply those techniques as you build your comic book panels.
29m 59s • COURSE
Penciling a Comic Book Page with Ben Bishop
Learn how to draw comic books. Get a look inside the penciling process of comic creator Ben Bishop, as he goes from script to fully illustrated page.
1h 3m • COURSE
Lettering Comic Books with Illustrator with John Roshell
Learn the art of comic book lettering—designing word balloons, dialogue, sound effects, and more—with Adobe Illustrator.
2h 48m • COURSE
Comic Books: Digital Inking and Refinement with Ben Bishop
Learn how to digitally ink comics. Comic creator Ben Bishop shows two methods for inking comics in Photoshop, using examples from his graphic novel, The Aggregate.
1h 10m • COURSE
You'll learn comic book design with these experts
Will Kemp is an award-winning professional artist and teacher with his own online art school.
Will studied in Italy, ran his own art gallery, taught in museums and schools, and now runs his own online art school, where he shares his professional secrets with aspiring artists. Learn more at willkempartschool.com.
Mary Jane Begin is a professor at Rhode Island School of Design and an award-winning illustrator and author.
Mary Jane Begin is a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she has taught for twenty-one years, and also serves as the Internship + Professional Development Advisor for the Illustration department. Mary Jane is an award-winning illustrator and author known in particular for her acclaimed picture books, Little Mouse's Painting, Before I Go to Sleep, A Mouse Told His Mother, retellings of the Sorcerer's Apprentice and Willow Buds, and tales inspired by Wind in the Willows. Mary Jane's latest picture book is My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea, published by Little Brown Books.
Her variety of major advertising clients includes Hasbro, Celestial Seasonings, Mead Johnson, and Disney. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Steven Donahos Award and multiple Certificates of Merit from the Society of Illustrators, multiple Awards of Excellence from Communications Arts, the Irma Black Award, and the Critici Erba Prize at the Bologna Book Fair. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country, with one-woman shows at Books of Wonder Gallery in New York and Beverly Hills and the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport. She has also exhibited at the RISD Museum, Society of Illustrators (NY), the deCordova Museum, and Storyopolis in LA. Her work can be found at http://www.maryjanebegin.com.
He wrote, illustrated, and self-published his first book, a 300-page graphic novel called Nathan the Caveman in 2008, which was followed by several other smaller works. In 2011 he provided the illustrations for the award-winning book Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness, the graphic novel retelling of the famous Donn Fendler story "Lost on a Mountain in Maine." In the past couple years, Ben illustrated a short story for Archaia's The Reason for Dragons, as well as cover artwork for IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. He is currently hard at work on his next book, THE AGGREGATE, a Split Decision graphic novel that he funded through Kickstarter.
Ben is always interested in hearing about publishing opportunities or commissions. Please feel free to email him at [email protected], and check out more of his work at www.bishart.net.
John "JG" Roshell, Comicraft's "Mr. Fontastic," is a logo/type designer and lettering artist for comic books.
He began using a Macintosh in 1988. With Comicraft founder Richard Starkings he pioneered many of the computer techniques that are widely used to letter comic books today.
He is also responsible for the creation of the hundreds of typefaces that Comicraft currently uses to letter many of America's best-selling comics, including Spider-Man, Superman, and The X-Men.
He designs logos and trade paperback/hardcover collections (including the Astro City collections, Daredevil: Visionaries, Danger Girl: The Ultimate Collection, and Spider-Man: Blue), and creates and maintains the Active Images network of websites.