The character and rhythm on the illustrated book

Whoever tried to read an illustrated book knows that the fulcrum of every page is the main character. Where it is, what it does, how it sits down, how it gets dressed, if it is thin or fat, happy or sad, how it moves, how it frowns, how it smiles, how it cries: the reader follows it anxiously and at every turned page the eye falls always and immediately on the character. Colours, valleys, houses, hills, clouds and other characters, are like a background music that accompanies its moods, and all these elements are explored only in a second moment. The character is so important that many children books are realized without any other element except a character that on the scene interprets (or contradicts) what the words says.

In the first part we will study how to draw and to animate the character. Like real puppeteers, we will understand what are the mechanic and anatomical junctions used in order to give to the character expressiveness and naturalness of gestures and of the facial expressions. With the inspiration of short texts, rhymes and different techniques like monotype, collage, watercolours and pochoir, we will learn how to build characters of all ages and nature. In the second part of the course we will study the rhythm of the pages of an illustrated album. How the character enters and goes out of scene, how it is related to the other characters and to the landscape, and how the scene is graphically related to the text.

Building small and precious stage designs suitable for the pages of a book, the trainee will learn how to plan a children book, page after page.

Whom the course is aimed at: the course is open to whomever wishes to illustrate, for passion or in order to undertake a career as illustrator. This is a basic course, but it’s not only aimed at beginners. It is also open to whoever can use the topics treated in order to become more confident in her/his drawing. The course is open to teenagers (provided they are able to face seven hours in class a day) and adults. Every student will be followed individually starting from her/his beginning level.

The artistic and technical material is at the trainee’s expense.
Bring the colors and the materials that you usually work with (acrylic color and two or three oil pastels for example)
If you don’t have any material at home you can buy:
brushes, stick glue, graphite pencil (B and 3B, for example), rubber, scissors for paper and a penknife,
an album or single sheets of paper for sketches; paper for the final works: a block or single sheets of paper (at least 5) for the “fair copy” (it is recommend to work in A4 format); the paper must be smooth (satiné) and thick (from 180 to 300 gr), the best paper, if you find it, it’s the Canson Illustration, Bd, Manga (http://it.canson.com/arti-grafiche/canson-illustration), some tracing paper, a black thin cardboard bristol A3 to be used as background, three black thin A4 cardboards, various pieces of coloured paper for the collage (opaque paper, that doesn’t reflect the light) or a pair of magazines to cut out (the magazines vintages are perfect for the collage). Some magazines will be put at the students’ disposal for this specific use during the course.
Please bring along at least one of your favorite children books, in order to create a temporary library.

Material for the techniques

Technique 1: crayon monotype
One or two black oil crayons (Van Gogh brand).
A pencil-holder (to have a fine sign).

Technique 2: liquin and oil pastels.
Some indelible wax pastels (NEOCOLOR 1 of brand Caran d’Ache), or 2/3 oil pastels of brand Van Gogh.
Recommended colours: blue for the skies, pink for the faces, green for the trees, yellow for the backgrounds, grey for the middle tones.
A small Liquin Original Winsor & Newton.
A graphite pencil (3B or 4B)

Technique 3: watercolor and pochoire
A round large brush.
One or two watercolor’s tube (blue, yellow, green, or other colors suitable for the backgrounds.

Note: please do not exaggerate with the materials, as during the course we will be able to realize at most three or four definitive works and some sketches. In case you miss something, do not worry, as the teacher always brings some back-up material. Unfortunately in Sarmede there aren’t any art supply shops, and the nearest shop is located in Vittorio Veneto.


Date Timetables
24 giu 2019 09.30 – 18.30
25 giu 2019 09.30 – 18.30
26 giu 2019 09.30 – 18.30
27 giu 2019 09.30 – 18.30
28 giu 2019 09.30 – 18.30
29 giu 2019 09.30 – 12.30

Location: Centro Sociale di Rugolo

Languages: Italian

Price: 370 euro

Deadline for entering : The enrolment deadline is one month before the beginning of the course, unless otherwise specified. Late enrolments will be accepted dependent upon available places.

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