During this creative program students use a combination process of traditional and digital illustration techniques to develop a page for a graphic novel. Teaching artist Augusto Bordelois demonstrates and teaches students ways to digitally manipulate images to create unique backgrounds and characters using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator software and google images. While having fun learning the amazing power of these digital design software, students will also learn basic storytelling elements such as the importance of background setting, camera angle, character development, facial expressions and body language to communicate visually. After the artist demonstration, students start sketching, researching and developing a simple stick-figure storyboard where they flesh out the main traits of their characters, their actions and story backgrounds. Then students will research images or take selfies to be manipulated using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Finally, using the manipulated images students will start creating the frames for their graphic novel.
This program requires access to Adobe Illustrator software or any other vector illustration software and internet connection.