DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?
> You have a GREAT idea for a visual story, but don’t know where to start and how to turn that into a plan of action…
> You’ve spent hours trying to build attractive artwork, and you feel stuck with a slow workflow…
> You’ve been trying to find a consistent style that makes your artwork different from everyone else…
> There’s a feeling of overwhelm in trying to get your story told, when dealing with digital art tools…
We’ve felt the pain of these hurdles above but have also seen the satisfaction of artists that feel proud of publishing and talking about their stories, even if it’s just one frame at a time.
So we have created the Visual Narratives Academy to help you develop your story ideas to fully rendered sequential artwork. It’s a unique on-line group of artists refining their skills to produce rich and fulfilling narratives.
We specialise in teaching the use of 3D character software DAZ Studio and Poser at the heart of the workflow and then using Photoshop (or GIMP) for postwork. Our professional mentor artists also coach the use of supporting applications for further postwork effects, layout and framing of your stories. You’ll be surprised at how many cost effective resources are available!
WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
• It may be in the form of single images portraying powerful character moments. Thinking of being a professional illustrator to create book or product covers?
• You may be aiming to tell your story in a short sequence of panels providing a more tantalising tale.
• What about grander designs to launch a graphic novel or a series? Learn how to hook your readers into sympathising and following your characters.
• Use the power of motion graphics to bring your characters and story ideas into vibrant life.
We have experienced professional artists that can help you bring your type of story into reality!
WE’LL HELP YOU…
- Connect you with artists that professionally publish stories using 3D character tools Poser and DAZ Studio.
- Refine your postwork software skills (notably Photoshop)
- Validate and enhance your story idea
- Define your readership
- Refine your characters
- Structure your story
- Script your story
- Find a styling that works for your narrative
- Make the best use of your virtual camera
- Compose your scenes
- Utilise kit bashing
- Composition and layout
- Get to grips with speech bubbles
- Master pages, panels, splashes and spreads
- Market and sell your story
Learning is structured into SEVEN modules giving you access for 6 months
Take advantage of the complete module set or pick and choose which modules that apply to you….
MODULE 1. Initiate Project
• Create project tagline
• Identify project purpose
• Identify audience characteristics
• Identify media/platforms
MODULE 2 : Generate Storyworld
• Write storyworld tagline
• Identify storyworld genre
• Create characters
• Create significant objects
• Create key storyworld events
• Create settings
• Write storyworld synopsis
• Create design aesthetic and style guides
MODULE 3 : Create Story
• Develop story concept
• Select story structure
• Outline plot
• Develop sub-stories
• Identify characters and roles
• Write story synopsis
• Develop page breakdowns
• Create preliminary storyboards
MODULE 4 : Scripting and Layout
• Develop script
• Create detailed storyboards using 3D
• Compose panels
• Lay out pages
MODULE 5 : 3D Artwork generation
• Setting up the scene : importing and placing your characters and objects.
• The virtual camera : different shots, depth of field
• Kit bashing
MODULE 6 : Postwork
• Motion graphics
MODULE 7 : Publish and Market Story
YOUR LEARNING BENEFITS INCLUDE…
Our content is tagged against 7 modules for a learning path. Take advantage of the complete module set or pick and choose which modules that apply to you.
Automatic access to entry and recording of the Visual Narratives monthly community workshop webinar
Exclusive new “VisNews” magazine : Interviews with a professional visual narratives artist plus industry news. Access to the back issues
Get access to the entire stack of our our Digital Art Live magazines back catalogue
- 41 magazines and growing
- 125 interviews
- Over 3300 pages of interviews, inspiration and art.
Access to a monthly coaching group, giving you focus and clarity on producing your Visual Narrative from professional artists. We’ll help you set and track monthly specific assignments at whatever stage you are with your projects. High Definition recordings included.
Complete access to the ever growing visual narratives tutorial library.
- 27 recordings
- 50 hours of video
- $1041 worth of content
Automatic entry into a new monthly Visual Narrative webinar plus access to the HD recording
Access to an exclusive FaceBook group just for the Visual Narratives Academy, where you can share and report on your progress.
YOUR PROFESSIONAL MENTOR ARTISTS
Our professional artists will help you in our coaching group each month. They’ll break down your Visual Narrative journey and work out your next step, providing you with a monthly objective, that’s specific, measurable and attainable according to your circumstances.
Tasos Anastasiades is an Assistant Professor and the Vice Chair in the Department of Arts at the European University Cyprus.
In 2004, he started publishing the “Plastic Comics” magazine, the first comic book created and published in Cyprus. In 2006 and 2009, he won Distinctions for professional artists in the Annual Greek Comic Book Competitions in Greece.
In 2013, he co-created ” Uni-Man”, the first superhero of Cyprus and became a Co-Founder of the Cyprus Comic Con.
In 2014, he published his first graphic novel titled ‘Fascista’.
In 2015, Tasos Anastasiades visual work was selected to be used in the official Promo Real of Poser Pro 11. Poser Pro 11 is a 3d software that is produced by Smith Micro, one of the biggest companies in the field of 3d design, animation and illustration.
He has published a short comic book series title “The Traveller” in collaboration with Neil Gibson, owner and publisher of T-Pub comics in London.
Peter von Stackelberg
“Whether it’s with words or images, I love to tell stories. I’ve been a storyteller as far back as I can remember — well before I made journalism my first career.
I studied journalism at Ryerson University (long before it was known as a university) and spent a number of years as an investigative journalist and news photographer. With the emergence of the web in the 1990s, I worked as a web designer, e-commerce developer, and IT project manager. In the early 2000s, I was a professional futurist doing technology forecasting and working as a technology strategist. I also began teaching college classes in strategic management, managing technology and innovation, project management, business communications, systems thinking, and other courses.
Through all of these jobs writing and visual communication remained a core part of the work I did.
I have a B.A. in Journalism from Ryerson University, an M.S. in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and an M.S. in Information Design & Technology from SUNY IT (State University of New York Institute of Technology).”
The Academy is my favorite platform …what I like about it is that the Coaches are pushing for a professional approach and attitude. That is very important, because as a Hobbyist, you easily get lost in the “if not today, then perhaps tomorrow or next year”, and “Who cares if it’s not that great?”. But the Coaches give me a sense of “I want to deliver Quality”, and “I want to treat this project as professionally as possible”. It makes me want to do my very best, beyond what I would aim for.”
Academy member : BeeMKay
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