WORKSHOPS

 

We’ve put together a workshop day on Saturday 17 August that has something for everyone!

From beginners to advanced and everything in-between, get yourself some mad skills to make your comics the best they can be.

And we didn’t forget the kids – our kids comic making workshop is the morning of the Homecooked market day, on Sunday 18 August, so the young ones can learn to make their own comics, then head in to the main hall to be inspired!

 
 
 

LEARN TO DRAW with ALEX E CLARK

Saturday 17 August, 10am (1.5 hrs)

Are you filled with the desire to draw, but don’t know where to start? Does your finished work always look a bit wrong? (Well, not like how you imagined it anyway.) Alex e Clark has all the hot tips for improving your drawing. This workshop contains over an hour’s worth of solutions, hacks, and tricks to get you past those roadblocks and be ready to draw anything you can imagine. Drawing material will be supplied or you can bring your own.

Alex e Clark has a Diploma in Illustration, a Bachelor in Animation, and ten years experience in creating zines and comics. She loves drawing and loves passing on what she has learned.

TICKETS: $15


DRAWING FOR STORY with DAVID BLUMENSTEIN

Saturday 17 August, 10am (3 hrs)

Drawing for Story is a workshop designed for people trying to communicate inside organisations. It introduces you to sketching storyboards as a way of aligning stakeholders and helping them understand the challenges they face. You may be trying to create an elaborate comms plan, video production or slide deck -- but it starts with being able to sketch out your ideas and explain them over a single sheet of paper. Bring along a communication challenge you want to work on, then, on the day, dive right into sketching, emotions, expressions and targeting your audience. Then we let you loose to turn your story into a storyboard.

David Blumenstein is a freelance service designer and visual communicator in Melbourne. He’s a cartoonist/comics journalist for outlets like Daily Review, Junkee, The Nib and SBS Comedy. David co-founded Squishface Studio, Australia’s first open comics studio, which functions as a workplace, retail space and classroom.

TICKETS: $40


DIGITAL DRAWING IN PHOTOSHOP with THOM NGUYEN

Saturday 17 August, 11:30am (1.5 hrs)

Get more acquainted with Photoshop with Thom Nguyen. This workshop will help you go from pencil sketch to rendered digital artwork. Thom will also be dishing out her favourite shortcuts, tips and tricks throughout the class.

Things to bring on the day: a traditional sketch, and a laptop and/or tablet.

Thom Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian comic artist, illustrator and zinester in Melbourne. She's really into risography.

TICKETS: $15


COMIC PANEL THEORY with BEN MITCHELL

Saturday 17 August, 1pm (1.5 hrs)

Join Newcastle cartoonist Ben Mitchell for a creative workshop on panel composition, exploring layout, sequence, balance and multimodality while deciding how much to show, how much to tell and where to put it all.

Ben Mitchell is a cartoonist and illustrator from Newcastle, New South Wales. He is currently creating a PhD in Visual Narrative Design, and has been independently producing the comic series Storm Clouds for several years.

TICKETS: $15


HOW TO DRAW MANGA with KENNY CHAN

Saturday 17 August, 1pm (2 hrs)

Ever wanted to draw manga-style comics? Melbourne artist Kenny Chan can teach you how. In this two hour workshop you'll learn how to draw manga-style faces, develop characters, and convey expression through classic manga design.

Kenny Chan is a teacher and freelance artist who has been running manga, comic and cartooning workshops around Australia since 2003. He has worked on comics, animation, video games, advertising and school textbooks during his career.

TICKETS: $15


DIY VIEWMASTER REEL with EMILIE WALSH

Saturday 17 August, 2:30pm (2 hrs)

Remember playing with a Viewmaster? Create your own Viewmaster reel to bring home!

In this two hour workshop, you will design and make your own Viewmaster reel and turn it into a seven panel mini comic played on a loop. You can create a short narrative with the seven slides of the reel or just have fun with colour and shapes. All materials are provided!

Emilie Walsh is a visual artist working across media, currently based in Melbourne. She is currently undertaking a PhD on the imagination and narratives of adventure in contemporary art practices, at the VCA, in Melbourne. Her works include comics and zine, photo and video, printmaking and installations. She is working on a graphic novel about women sexuality, called Fuck You Fuck Me.

TICKETS: $20


SELF-PUBLISHING 101 with ALISHA JADE

Saturday 17 August, 3pm (1.5 hrs)

Want to publish your own comics but baffled by where to start with printing? Bring your note-taking socks (and things to take notes) as Alisha Jade discusses an overview of the different printing options available, the strengths and pitfalls of self-publishing, and how adding three months to any print deadline might save your sanity.

Alisha Jade is a Brisbane-based comics creator and publisher at Petrie Press. Her major series, Seven has been collected in a kickstarted omnibus after being serialised in Oi Oi Oi magazine, and her minicomics are being distributed internationally by Sparkler Distro. Her work has featured in numerous anthologies, and her crowd-funded Neither Here Nor Hair anthology was this year awarded a Silver Ledger Award for Australian comics excellence.

TICKETS: $15


KIDS COMICS WORKSHOP with CLEA CHILLER

Sunday 18 August, 11am (1 hr)

This fun workshop helps children create dynamic and expressive comics. They’ll first be guided through some simple comic-making skills, and finish off by creating their own one page comic. The class gives the kids a chance to design their own humorous characters and stories.

Clea Chiller is an artist and illustrator who works out of Squishface Studio in Brunswick. She has exhibited work at Platform Contemporary Arts Spaces, Seventh Gallery and Bruce Artist Run. She is the creator of Garbage Bags, a series of darkly humorous autobiographical zines, and has had comics published by The Lifted Brow and Doll Hospital Journal.

TICKETS: $10