Manga School

About the Classes

Welcome to the MCM Expo 2013 Manga School. Manga School learning and development classes are the ideal way for you to acquire new skills and develop existing ones. Their cutting edge content ensures you’ll be arming yourself with the most up-to-date creative skills. All classes are free to attend and led by successful, professional illustrators who are active in the Manga Industry.

Each class is presented in a manner to allow a range of skill levels to explore the content within their own abilities; if you can already draw, these classes will help take your skills to the next level, but if you're just starting out, don’t be afraid about getting left behind, it’s about exploring and developing your current abilities!

Above all, enjoy your time in class, kick back and get creative.

Manga School Class Schedule



Saturday 25th
Form Tabs
Class Level Duration Time
Beginner’s Guide to Markers & Colour Beginners 40mins 11:00
Character Design (I) Intermediate, Advanced 40mins 11:50
Crowd Control Intermediate 40mins 12:40
Colour Theory & Blending Techniques Intermediate, Advanced 40mins 13:30
Character Design (II) Intermediate 40mins 14:20
Drawing Clothes Advanced 40mins 15:10
Body, Pose, Movement Intermediate 40mins 16:00
Sunday 26th
Form Tabs
Class Level Duration Time
Body, Pose, Movement Intermediate 40mins 11:00
Drawing Clothes Advanced 40mins 11:50
Colour Theory & Blending Techniques Intermediate, Advanced 40mins 12:40
Character Design (II) Intermediate 40mins 13:30
Character Design (II) Intermediate 40mins 14:20
Beginner’s Guide to Markers & Colour Beginners 40mins 15:10

Manga School Class Details

Beginner’s Guide to Markers and Colour with Laura Watton

Overview
Laura Watton, who has made manga published by Tokyopop, Neo Magazine, Quarto and Robinson amongst many others, will give you key insights into drawing with marker pens and discuss colouring techniques commonly found in Manga. A fun introductory class for beginners and a great opportunity for intermediates to brush up on basics and share techniques.

What You Will Learn
Attendees will learn how to create colourful illustrations using markmaking techniques, as well as using a blender pen. The basics will also be covered, including cel shade colouring styles, blended gradients and colour for eyes and hair. Participants will also receive a ‘tips’ sheet to take home after the class.

Colour Theory and Blending Techniques with Laura Watton

Overview
Laura Watton, who has made manga published by Tokyopop, Neo Magazine, Quarto and Robinson amongst many others, will give a talk about using colour theory, including use of colour wheels, warm and cold colours, colour types and helpful vocabulary for intermediates to pursue for their colouring investigations.

What You Will Learn
When creating illustrations, an understanding of colour will help to incorporate the best choices into your designs. Attendees will learn how to best consider what colours to use in their work and what shades would compliment their main choices. The world of colour theories and harmonies is vast, this is a great introduction for intermediate artists wishing to push their works further. Participants will also receive a ‘tips’ sheet to take home after the class.

Crowd Control with Irina Richards

Overview
Join Sweatdrop Studios’ artist Irina Richards for a lesson in Crowd Control - a.k.a. the Art of Drawing Complicated Scenes in Manga. This session will be useful for intermediate artists, and a great learning curve for beginners.

What You Will Learn
By the end of this session, you will have gained knowledge of planning and creating multi-character scenes. The session will represent a step-by-step guide and teach the principles of drawing complicated scenes. Handouts will be available to take home after class.

Body Pose & Movement with Karen Rubins

Overview
Manga artist and former Comics Artist in Residence at the V&A, Karen Rubins will guide you through understanding the human figure and how to make drawing poses and action dynamic and fluid. This workshop is suitable for intermediate artists looking to improve their drawing.

What You Will Learn
You will learn how to draw full-body poses and how to use balance, weight, movement and camera angles to add life to your characters.

Drawing Clothes with Karen Rubins

Overview
Manga artist and former Comics Artist in Residence at the V&A, Karen Rubins leads this workshop on drawing clothing. Learn how to draw clothing and accessories and how to dress your characters to their best advantage.

What You Will Learn
You will learn how to draw different styles of clothing and accessories, and how different fabrics and materials drape and work with the body.

Character Design Part 1 with Tammy Taylor

Overview
Tammy Taylor is a London based comic creator who has been drawing manga for several years. This intermediate and advance level workshop will help artists draw characters with unique frames that will give their designs individual identities.

What You Will Learn
Attendees will learn how to construct basic male and female anatomy and learn how to alter it so that they may draw a variety of different body types. They may, time permitting draw their own characters in a selection of poses using fine liners.

Character Design Part 2 with Tammy Taylor

Overview
Tammy Taylor is a London based comic creator who has been drawing manga for several years. This intermediate level workshop will help artists draw unique costume designs by understanding the basic principles and practicalities behind them.

What You Will Learn
Attendees will learn how age, gender, personality or environment will affect the overall appearance of the character. Attendees will design two characters based upon a set of character briefs. They may, time permitting draw their own characters in a variety of poses using fine liners. They may, time permitting colour their characters with solvent markers and cover basic colour theory.

The Boring Bits:

Materials are supplied for each class. Make sure you arrive to your class on time; doors will close on commencement, strictly no admittance once classes are in progress. If you’d like to tell us your thoughts; what did you think of the class you took? What more would you like to see? Please collect a feedback form from the Letraset stand, and return it to a Letraset representative.

We hope you enjoy your class,
Happy drawing from the Letraset Team

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