Your own voice

Before starting any professional project, the most important thing is to find your personal voice within yourself, a voice with which you will feel more and more free, safe in facing any challenge that may arise. Your voice is there and it is different in all of us, it is indeed what makes us different.
Finding your graphic voice is achieved by looking inside yourself. Then you will have to learn how to metabolize the influences of others, in order to own them and to make them yours. It will be helpful to know what the masters in the history of art and illustration have done before you, to acknowledge your influences, the styles with which you feel most identified and the different techniques that can help you in your personal development as a plastic creator.
And if you already have a voice and a project, that’s perfect. Developing it and making it even more yours can be your goal in this course.
This will be about searching and getting to know who we are, managing the fears that block us and prevent progress, learning how to be as personal and free as possible, how to perform professional work with the same freedom and ease with which we draw in our sketch notebooks, without the pressures of an assignment that so many times does not allow your most intimate and personal work to surface.

1. About style and your own voice.
2. The illustration yesterday and today. Reflection on our work. Our obsessions, references, memories. References from the masters.
3. The essence of a character.
4. Plastic techniques for a book and composition analysis.
5. From sketch to final art product.

Participants are required to bring their own technical and artistic materials.
Each student should bring the materials s/he considers most appropriate or which s/he would like to perfect or simply prefers. The choice of materials is an important part of the creative process.

Basic list
A travel or sketch book
2 illustrated books (the ones that interest you most)
A selection of works (no more than 20, and at least two originals)
An artist’s book or sketches already made (if available)
Colored papers (a selection of about 10 sheets, especially if they are special papers)
Glue stick
1 USB pendrive (to upload the files you will use during the course)

Painting materials
Box of watercolors of the type normally used by the student (tube, tablets, etc.)
Primary colors and white oil
A small box of wax colors
Acrylics (black and white at least)
Black china ink
Colored inks (2-3, at least one sepia or brown)
Ink for calcography (by engraving) to water or oil (water is preferable): 1-2 colors

Tools and materials
A Pentel brush (*) black (or other brands). Even 1-2 empty brushes, if you find them (very useful for drawing from life and traveling)
The favorite brushes
Flat brushes (2-4)
Pencils 2B, 6B or softer
Conté pencils and charcoals (very important!)
Scissors and cutter (be careful in airports, DO NOT carry them in your bag!)
Favorite nibs
Rags (1-2)
Godets for mixing colors (white plastic plates are fine)
Engraving rollers (one small and one larger). The cheapest one available will be good enough.
Modeling rubber (it is a soft rubber that can be shaped and used to define lights, etc.)

(*) A Pentel brush is a plastic travel brush with a container that can be filled with liquid watercolor or water only. They also exist with colored inks.

Preferred papers
5 sheets of watercolor paper approx. 35 × 50 cm
5 sheets of engraving paper 35 × 50 cm (white or cream Fabriano or similar)
1 sketchbook: your favorite brand (Canson, Guarro Fabriano …), an A3 and an A4
5 sheets of acetate A3

Other optional material
A computer mouse pad, the cheapest. It will be used to cut out shapes and stencils. Rubber-eva or similar materials may also work.

It is not necessary to carry everything, these are only suggestions. The compulsory materials are the ones underlined.
Students can bring other materials or objects that are not on the list, but which they consider interesting or useful.

Date Timetables
15 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
16 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
17 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
18 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
19 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
20 Jul 2019 09.30 – 13.00

Location: Centro Sociale di Rugolo

Lingua: italian, spanish, english

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.