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Sign-up for Cloudscape’s Cloudshops

If you wish to attend our free workshops on creating comics, sign up for them below:

  1. Writing Characters for Comics, August 26: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-writing-characters-for-comics/185074
  2. Drawing Characters with Strong Silhouettes, August 30:  https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-drawing-characters-with-silhouettes/185108
  3. Panel Composition, September 6: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-panel-composition-for-comics/185114
  4. Markers for Comics, September 13: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-markers-for-comics/185120
  5. Watercolour Tips and Techniques, September 20: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-watercolour-tips-and-techniques/185124
  6. Acrylic Tips and Techniques, September 27: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-acrylic-tips-and-techniques/185125
  7. Thumbnailing a Graphic Novel, October 4: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-thumbnailing-a-graphic-novel/185127
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Cloudscape Cloudshops: workshops in creating comics 1

Once again the comic creators at Cloudscape are offering Cloudshops, various free workshops in which experienced comic creators teach aspiring cartoonists about the numerous aspects of the comics medium. Each Cloudshop is held at Cloudscape HQ (5955 Ross Street, Vancouver) from 7:30-9:00 on its  respective day, and provides a combination of lecture and workshopping,  allowing you to both hear from the expert and put their lessons into practice. It’s a great opportunity to develop your comic-creating talents in numerous directions.

The upcoming Cloudshops are as follows:

  1. August 26 – Writing Characters for Comics with Bevan Thomas
    Learn how to build believable and dynamic characters whose strong needs will drive the plot of your comic or graphic novel. Compelling comics need compelling characters that readers will remember and care about.
  2. August 30 – Drawing Characters with Strong Silhouettes with Reetta Linjama
    Practice drawing figures for your comics that have dynamic and distinctive shapes. A good character ought to be recognizable from just their outline and their body language. Learn tricks used by cartoonists and animators to get that job done. Attendees can, if they want to, bring (digitally or on paper) poses/characters that they want tips on.
  3. September 6 – Panel Composition for Comics with Kelly Chen
    Panel composition is one of the most important tools in comics. Hone your skills at panel organization and how to place in your panels for effective storytelling. Some topics includes: elements of a page, flow, things to consider before you start paneling and so on.
  4. September 13 – Markers for Comics with Jonathon Dalton
    Learn the basics and some advanced techniques with markers (Copics, etc.) for colouring comics. Whether you use them for every page or just the occasional illustration, there’s a lot more to using markers than just colouring in the lines. Bring your own markers if you have them, otherwise materials will be provided.
  5. September 20 – Watercolour tips and techniques with Hannah Myers
    Watercolours are notoriously difficult to control but this workshop will set you up for success. Learn about the best materials and tools to use as well as methods and process that make working with water colours fun.
  6. September 27th – Acrylic tips and techniques with Lisa Lindsay
    Learn all about how to work with acrylic paints, from tips and techniques to tools and materials. Lisa Lindsay will walk you through her process including the work that happens before painting starts.
  7. October 4th – How the HECK Do I Thumbnail a Graphic Novel??? with kgros
    So you’ve drawn a bunch of short comics & are ready to dive into something longer. Maybe you’ve got an idea for a story, and maybe you’ve started scripting it, but you’re not sure how to move onto the next step. This workshop will guide you through several different ways to bring your comic script from ideation to thumbnails. kgros will show you how to set yourself up for success before you start drawing your dream graphic novel!
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Learn How to Write Comics at Langara College

Writing for Comics I & II are being offered again at Langara College, taught by Cloudscape board member and author Bevan Thomas. If you want to learn how to better write your own comics and graphic novels, tell an effective narrative, and properly balance the relationship between words and art, then sign-up for his classes at the Langara College Graphic Novels & Comix page. Classes are starting at the end of this month, but there is still time to register. We hope to see you there!

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Final Cloud Shop: Perspective with Jonathon Dalton

The final Cloud Shop of the year is this Thursday at 7:30, the Cloudscape HQ. Learn perspective with Cloudscape co-founder Jonathon Dalton!  Spend time polishing your backgrounds with some handy tricks for drawing any number of vanishing points with as few headaches as possible.

To register for this free workshop, go to Cloud Shop: Perspective.

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Cloud Shops: Excel for Cartoonists and Drawing Human Anatomy

Cloud Shop, Cloudscape’s series of free comic workshops, continues next week with two classes!

Excel for Cartoonists
On Wednesday, bookkeeper (and Cloudscape treasurer) Anat Rabkin will teach you how to use Microsoft Excel to manage your art career and keep track of your self-employment income.

Time: September 6 (Wednesday), 7:30-8:30
Place: Cloudscape HQ. 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver.

To register, go to City of Vancouver: Excel for Cartoonists and then check out the Cloud Shop: Excel for Cartoonists event on Facebook.

Drawing Human Anatomy
On Thursday, artists Jade McGilvray and Hannah Myers will show you how to improve your ability to draw the human figure by going over how humans are actually put together.

Time: September 7 (Thursday), 7:30-8:30
Place: Cloudscape HQ. 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver.

To register, go to City of Vancouver: Drawing Human Anatomy and then check out the Cloud Shop: Drawing Human Anatomy Facebook event.

For more details on future Comic Shop talks, check out Cloudscape Cloud Shops.

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Cloud Shop: Sculpture with Jade McGilvray

Cloud Shop, Cloudscape’s series of free comic workshops, continues next Thursday. In this Cloud Shop, Jade McGilvrary shows you how to create sculptures for art references, wargaming, or just for fun!

Time: August 24 (Thursday), 7:30-8:30
Place: Cloudscape HQ. 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver.

To register, go to City of Vancouver: Sculpture and then check out the Cloud Shop: Sculpture event on Facebook.  For more details on future Comic Shop talks, check out Cloudscape Cloud Shops.

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Reminder: Langara College’s Comic Classes Starting Next Month

Just a reminder that Langara College’s Graphic Novel & Comix program is starting its autumn classes next month. This program has already been running for a couple of years, and provides classes on all aspects of the comic medium. You can take all of them to get a full exploration of the craft, or pick & choice which ones are best for you. Registering is current open, so if you are interested in polishing your comic skills, check out Graphic Novel & Comix.

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Autumn Comic Classes at Langara College

Langara College’s Graphic Novel & Comix program has already been running for a couple of years, teaching aspiring comic creators how to create their own comics. There are classes on comics writing, drawing, colouring, and various other aspects of the comic craft, all taught by local comic creators (many of them Cloudscape contributors). Registering is current open for autumn classes, so if you are interested in learning more about creating comics, check out Graphic Novel & Comix.

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