evens

EVENTS

Event Recaps


Also See...

About TWC
Workshops

Custom Classes for Schools & Teachers

TWC Blog

  Event Recaps About The Speaker Series

Graphic Novels, Comic Books
& the Art of Visual Storytelling

With Mark McKenna

January 15, 2012
Sages Pages, Madison, NJ

The old adage, "A picture speaks a thousand words," was at play in The Writers Circle's latest Speaker Series workshop, Graphic Novels, Comic Books & the Art of Visual Storytelling, held on Sunday afternoon, January 15, at Sages Pages Bookstore in Madison, NJ.



To a packed room of kids, teens, parents and adults, Mark explained how he became a comic book artist. After starting at the bottom and working for minimum wage, he is now a well respected professional. drawing for both DC Comics and Marvel, two of the greatest comics publishing houses, on iconic series like Batman, Xmen and Stars Wars.



A little lesson in drawing came next, with participants learning some rules of proportion. "It's important to practice drawing your characters at different angles," Mark said as he demonstrated by standing on a chair. "Look into a mirror and practice capturing different facial expressions," he grimaced with comic ferocity.

   


Mark discussed how computers are changing the comic book industry and the skills artists need to keep pace. But he also focused on the basics. "In art school, you should take anatomy every year. It's important to be able to draw from life, draw accurately and by hand. Don't only depend on using a computer."



"I was amazed. Absolutely 'wowed'," said one of the participants. "It made me view art and writing in a totally different way."



Mark also shared his original work for children, "Bananatail", which he publishes and promotes himself. "Don't be afraid to get out there and do it yourself. Get a table at Comic Con. Start meeting people and showing your work. That's how it's done these days."

The Writers Circle
Speaker Series

 

Workshops and Talks with Authors & Industry Professionals


More Speaker Events
coming soon!

 

Call (973) 900-0415 or Contact Us for more information.

Follow us on Facebook!  Pinterest  twitter  The Writers Circle Blog



Speaker Series Recaps

 

Even if you couldn't make it,
take a peek to see what we learned!




Subscribe to
The Writers Circle blog

The Writers Circle Blog
to join our growing community.




What Participants Had to Say

"I was amazed. Absolutely "wowed." It made me view art and writing in a totally different way."

“Highly informative and very entertaining.”

“Lots of fun.”



Contact Mark McKenna at

http://www.markmckennaart.com/