Seven free mini workshops (one hour each) offer you an introduction to a myriad of ideas and skills to boost or kickstart your creative practice.
>> How to Draw from Observation with Lucy Sullivan - Saturday, 10 October, 11am
>> How to be a Cintiq Maestro with Jason Chatfield - Saturday, 10 October, 3pm
>> How to Write for Comics with Joe Kelly - Saturday, 10 October, 5pm
>> How to Think with Steven Appleby - Sunday, 11 October, 12noon
>> How to Crowdfund with Ben Cullis & Tom Ward - Sunday, 11 October, 2pm
>> How to Draw Caricatures with Tom Richmond - Sunday, 11 October, 4pm
>> How to Animate DIY Style with Joe & Luke McGarry - Sunday, 11 October, 6pm
Please note: Workshops are free but registration is required and suitable for 15+
Saturday, 10 October, 11am
In this workshop Lucy will show you a variety of techniques and how to apply them to your art practice and improve your skills at drawing from observation. Participants will be drawing along with Lucy as they tackle perspective, foreshortening and capturing real life.
Saturday, 10 October, 3pm
From the drawing board to the drawing tablet. A merging of traditional and digital drawing techniques using the latest in creative technology from Wacom. New Yorker cartoonist and President of the National Cartoonists Society, Jason Chatfield gives a behind the scenes tutorial of his hybrid process of comic creation.
Saturday, 10 October, 5pm
Join Joe Kelly for an overview into his writing process for comics. Joe will focus on the engines of serialized storytelling: Motivation, Theme, & Cast Building - with a dash of the more granular elements such as panel count, ATP (across the page), and collaboration with an artist.
Sunday, 11 October, 12noon
Steven Appleby follows the thread of reality and lived experience that runs through all his ideas, writing, comic strips and creative work - however surreal - culminating in his latest book, the graphic thriller Dragman. He explores - with exercises and thought experiments - where ideas come from; creating characters and imaginary worlds… bringing them to life by underpinning them with real lived experience so they feel and become ‘true’.
Sunday, 11 October, 2pm
Ever dreamt of publishing your own comic? From new creators releasing their first comic, through to comic A-listers, more and more people are turning to crowdfunding. Tom Ward (Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman), and Ben Cullis (The 77), share how they approach their successful crowdfunding campaigns and answer all your questions.
Sunday, 11 October, 4pm
Join “The Mad Art of Caricature” author and longtime MAD Magazine artist Tom Richmond as he demonstrates the fundamentals of exaggerating and capturing the likeness of a subject. You’ll draw along with Tom as he breaks down the process of creating a successful caricature.
Sunday, 11 October, 6pm
Brothers Luke and Joe McGarry, operating as Fantastic Heat Brothers, are one of the most in-demand indie animation creators working today. In our exclusive workshop, they’ll share their insider tips on how to create professional quality animation on a home computer, add special effects, sound effects, and record your own soundtrack.