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How to: Comics and Photoshop

September 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | $40


Love comics or comic art? How about concept art? Would you like to know the basics of Photoshop? This class will give you the tools needed to make your own comic, logo, concept art or gallery print works! In this class students get to create a work of art, starting with ink and paper and then digitizing it and adding color and details, learning more advanced and particular techniques for each of their individualized projects. Learn the industry’s most widely used tool and work like the pros in no time!

Target Audience
Beginners/ Intermediate skill
Skills Covered / Expected Outcomes
– Basics of Photoshop use
– Comic/ Illustrative coloring and composition
– Tools/ Techniques of comic creation
– Individualized advice for students works
This will be a 2 hour class. I will be showing the class the basics of interfacing with Photoshop and useful techniques of digital arts. A projector will show live what is taking place on my computer. There will be an example pre-composed for the class. One containing an image that all will participate in coloring. Once use of tools are understood and class demonstrates ability to follow what I have been doing, we will take 15 minutes to allow for the class to make their own illustration. During this time I will also offer any help of the illustrative kind. Then with either use of student phone cameras/ a scanner, these images will then be brought into Photoshop and adjusted. The remaining of the class is focused on the more unique use of the recently leaned skills. I will be doing the same with the class and offering additional techniques and resources to accomplish the individuals more personal project. This can be finished or not by the time the class ends. Ideally it will continue thereafter. 😉
Base understanding of computers
Materials Provided
Some paper, limited pens and pencils, a copy of a PS version for those unable to acquire one.
What to Bring
Computer, with PS (Either pre owned, monthly subsciption or 30 day trial) Paper, Pencil and Pen.
Instructor Bio
Alexis West, an Animator Media Artist extraordinaire! An artist by obsession and profession. Creator of wicked lines and juicy colors. Graduated out of S.F. with a BS in Media Arts and Animation, as well as versed in the Gaming industry and Graphic Design. Here to share my talents with new and eagerly budding artists.


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September 20, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Idea Fab Labs
603 Orange St.
Chico, 95928
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(530) 592-0609