Storyboards and Illustrations (Pre-Teen and Teens)


Title: Storyboards and Illustrations

Type of Class: Drawing and Story Building

Instructor: Laura Cotten

Time: Thursdays, 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Dates: Apr 4 to May 9, 2019

Price: $75/70 members

The class welcomes students that are beginners to advanced.  Ages 11 and Up

A writer employs words to develop a universe, but an illustrator has to CREATE a universe.  This class is designed to take the student through the creative process of developing characters and their stories.


1. Sketching: how to sketch as well as easier ways to sketch, not pressing down hard but sketching lightly, easy erasure techniques, how to ignore mistakes to practice.
2. Shapes and Movement: how to use shapes in anatomy, lines in art and practice
3. Pen Art: putty erasers, lineart techniques, how to find materials you like, what kinds of materials to use for certain kinds of traditional art
4. Digital Art: use of and differences between digital and traditional drawing.


1. Character: easy design, using shapes to design, matching your world, face, hair, clothes
2. Story: how to create a story and create a world around it as well as how your character should fit into it
3. World: how to create a world for your story and how to design it

Sequence Design:

1. Chronological order: how to create a chronological timeline to use when creating storyboards, animatics, and comics.
2. Storyboarding: touching on what storyboarding is and how to do it
3. Animatics: the difference between a storyboard and an animatic, what an animatic is and how to do it.
4. Comics: the difference between the three, how to make a comic


1. Setup: how one would usually setup a storyboard and how it is done as a career.
2. Movement: how to match movement to dialogue and draw it for a storyboard
3. Animation: how to go from a storyboard to an animation


1. Setup: use of and how to setup an animatic, usually digitally
2. Storyboarding: the digital difference between storyboards an animatics
3. Animation: how to go from an animatic to an animation


1. Setup: use of and how to set up a comic, easy techniques to do it
2. Comics: world design and placement
3. Story: matching dialogue with movement and placements

Alabama Art Supply

Alabama Art Supply has generously offered a 20% discount to ESAC students for supplies. Be sure to check out their website!

A $25 fee will be charged for all class refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to seven (7) days prior to class start date. Thereafter, no refunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the class.


A $75 fee will be charged for all workshop refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to one (1) month prior to the workshop start date. Thereafter, norefunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the workshop.


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