“We are living in cages with the door wide open” : George Lucas
When producing visual stories, our worst enemy in completing and publishing a narrative is ourselves. We often build our own cages or limiting beliefs which hinder our progress.
Lucas went onto say :
“Most of my movies are about the fact that you’re in that little place, it’s the little prison in your brain—the door’s open but you can’t leave.
But all you have to do is walk out and say, ‘Hey! I’m gonna do this.'”.
That’s certainly a great start, but if you’ve begun a story with few renders, showing a promising character in an exciting setting, you may soon get bogged down with these kind of thoughts:-
- How do I structure my story?
- No one will want to read my story!
- My story lacks impact or drama.
- I don’t have time to write and create the remaining illustrations.
- Every good idea has been written by someone else.
- I don’t how to make this happen.
- Where and how do I publish my story?
- I need my story to be perfect the first time out.
So, as you read through the list above, you may resonate with some of these challenges and can imagine the “cage” you can end up making for yourself.
What if you could cut through the complexities and pain points of creating and publishing your visual narrative even if you…
- Just have the idea of a story in your mind.
- Have just a few renders that hint at a compelling story.
- Feel that your story lacks drama or impact.
- Don’t know where to start (or how to finish)
- Feel your current visual narrative is in a mess.
- Feel isolated in trying to progress your creativity.
We are forming a new coaching group to solve your writing challenges, some of which you’ll recognise above.
The group is designed to help you move quickly from idea creation to completion of an outline for a complete visual story and development of at least one substantial scene/chapter of a visual narrative, which you’ll see published by the end of the course.
Here’s what you’ll get as part of the group:-
- Teaching and tutoring from Peter von Stackelberg across 10 live webinars.
- 10 webinar lessons with live coaching from a proven university level program undertaken by 200+ students.
- Weekly assignments
- A private forum in a trusted environment for daily support
- Daily camaraderie and support from aspiring creators like you.
- Templates as part of the roadmap for the visual writing process
- The production and publication of a substantial scene/chapter of your visual narrative
Peter von Stackelberg : Trainer
Peter von Stackelberg is a writer, award-winning investigative journalist, and professional futurist. He teaches journalism, transmedia storytelling, and communication studies at Alfred University in Alfred, New York.
Peter’s work as an investigative journalist was awarded the Citation of Merit – Roland Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Canadian journalism for reporting on science, technology, and environmental issues. The Michener Award is Canada’s highest distinction in Canadian journalism.
Peter has also worked on technology, innovation, and strategic foresight projects for companies like Honda R&D North America, General Motors, Shell Oil Company, Lockheed Martin, Texaco, Hasbro, and many others.
He has a B.A. in Journalism from Ryerson University, a M.S. in Studies of the Future from University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a M.S. in Information Design & Technology from SUNY Polytechnic University.
Paul Bussey : Group Host and Facilitator
I’ve hosted and organised over 200 live events to educate digital artists. Our webinars provide an interactive, informative and fun experience for our community.
What other coaching group members are saying
“Working with Paul and Digital Art Live has given me such a fresh approach upon my art. From a friendly and welcoming environment, to a supporting and cohesive set of tutors and support. Going on the Studio Mastery Course was the biggest leap of faith I have taken with regards to artistic endeavours, and I do not regret a single moment of it. Paul is a wonderful host and lead for the courses and demonstrates the ability to nurture people of all skill levels and help them blossom into the creative delights that they wish to be. I would pick up another course like this in a heartbeat to continue my journey and growth through the creative landscape of my mind” : Ian Franklin
“My experience with Esha and your program for learning rigging is beyond phenomenal. I came in with the impression that this was going to be a quick tutorial on how to setup basic technical settings on how to do a basic rig in DAZ Studio. Boy was I wrong! In a good way! Every time we set up a session, I am blown away by how much detail and problem solving Esha’s sessions go into! I would not have imagined the advanced techniques and attention to detail she brings into each session! I’ve heard a few students call this information priceless, and I agree 100%.
The chat rooms are so full of information! Just reading people’s questions and people’s responses, it’s an invaluable time saver! When I read the questions and their solutions it reminds me, “I would have had to go thru those hiccups myself, and there’s the solution!”. The chat room creates a great sense that you’re not alone, and it gives you a freedom to test things out and get into “trouble”. I am more than satisfied with this course. It has surpassed my expectations and more! I highly, highly recommend this type of session to anyone!” : David Aguiler
Areas of Artistic Growth
With 10 weeks of learning, we’ll look at the following:-
Week 1 : Overview and three mindset essentials for your writing
Week 2 : Story Idea Development
Week 3 : Story concept development
Week 4 : From event to story
Week 5 : Narrative arcs and plot points
Week 6 : Character arcs
Week 7 : Scene creation – the foundation of storytelling
Week 8 : Comics, graphic novels and illustrated stories
Week 9 : Extended story structures
Week 10 : Publication of your visual narrative
Have a look at the detailed curriculum of the course HERE
Latest curriculum addition : for all students we’ll be providing a bonus tutorial on shots – the art and science of placing subjects in your shots. Camera shots are all about composition.
Here’s How it Works
A Carefully Selected Coaching Group
I review applications before artists are given an offer to join the group so you can rest assured that this will be a dedicated and creative set of people for you to grow with.
10 weeks of Support and Training
The group will run from the first Sunday of June on each Sunday to mid August.
Each week we’ll have a Zoom webinar meeting (up to 1.5 hours) composed of training , coaching and follow up.
Standard members will get high definition recordings of these meetings with a basic time index. VIP members will get the searchable and subtitled versions of the videos.
Classes will begin at 21:00 BST (London time) and last for 1.5 hour, though it is possible this time may adjust according to who is in the group and the time zones involved.
The topics of these training sessions will be based on the above, but we’ll pay special attention to coaching you through your particular pain points.
This is where everyone will share wins, goals, and challenges to get support, accountability, and feedback from the group and guidance from us.
You’ll have opportunities to get a focus just on you and have Peter and I as well as the rest of the group look over one of your goal or challenges to help help you leap forward in your creativity.
Private online group area to interact between Zoom calls
Any time you need some input or encouragement, you can turn to the private group on a daily basis to connect with other group members.
This will be a private space inside DigitalArtLive.Studio – our general forum for the artists in the Digital Art Live community.
We’ve found that the private group work area is a powerful connecting tool to keep the conversation going between the weekly meetings.
This extends the benefits of the coaching group beyond the live webinars.
If you would like some additional resources, there’s a VIP add-on option that gives you the following in addition to everything above:-
- Searchable and subtitled videos from the 10 training sessions. You can search across all of these at once on any word or phrase spoken.
- Seven additional video tutorials (over 20 hours of content) on Visual Narratives by Peter
- An additional one to one online session with Peter
Platinum Level Add-On
All the benefits of standard group and VIP membership plus lifetime access to the Visual Narratives Academy tutorial library.
The VNA library is a large scale tutorial resource ($1500 worth of tutorials) to help develop your story ideas to fully rendered sequential artwork.
This contains an evergreen library of videos by Drew Spence, Peter von Stackelberg, Tasos Anastasiades and other artists going over techniques and workflows creating story-telling artwork (including comics and graphic novels).
The collection is evergreen, where new tutorials will be added from time to time. At the time of writing there are 28 videos of recorded online classes.
Our monthly magazine “VISNews” (now 20 issues) is included in the resource. It is not published elsewhere.
VISNews is especially for artists creating stories with digital art tools, including the use of DAZ Studio and Poser for character based scenes. It’s an absolutely unique publication that includes market news, software and plugin news for visual storytellers and an in-depth interview each month with a professional visual narratives artist.