Storytelling is a fundamental human act that crosses cultures, ages, ethnicities and genders. Each of us are walking, talking, living stories—from the time we wake up in the morning, imagining what our day will be like, to the plans we make about who we want to be. This course explores the act of visual storytelling in illustration. Students begin with an exercise in iteration of character ideas that informs a visual theme. Additional characters are then created to provide the foundation for illustrated environments and a story concept. Creative problem solving is explored through studies in composition, color, style, format and transferring drawings. Lectures and demonstrations review illustration artists, styles and a variety of media. Research in costume and anatomy further refines concepts that are compelling and resonant. Emphasis is placed upon an expressive creative process—from initial sketches to the formulation of a final series of three illustrations. Students may work in any medium they are comfortable with or want to experiment with.
Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills
Illustration (detail) by Amy Chen 19 IL
RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head or major advisor using the Prior Approval for Transfer Credit Form. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.
- This class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link).
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Mary Jane Begin
June 22–July 31, 2020