Graphic Novel I (Introductory)

Graphic Novel

This intensive workshop focuses on the production fundamentals of dynamic graphic novels, such as storyboarding, character development, and narrative dialogue. Building off of students’ individual illustration and drawing styles, the Graphic Novel Weekend Intensive will help students transform their ideas and sketches into fully-realized/completed engaging graphic stories. This workshop will include in-class discussions and critiques to strengthen individual art, design and communication skills.

Upcoming Sessions

CETP 220 F001
November 10 - December 1, 2022 | Thursdays | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Tuition: $272 | 4 sessions
On Campus

Students participating in the Graphic Novel I online workshop will need to have access to a computer, headphones + mic, and to a camera (smartphone or tablet) to document and share progress of their work. Students can expect to spend $40-$50 in supplies.


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Learning Outcomes

Through successful completion of this studio, you will be able to:

  • Layout graphic novel visual narratives and sequences from rough sketches to finished artwork
  • Design visual and compositional components such as characters, setting or scene, movement and dialogue
  • Analyze and interpret historical and contemporary genres and concepts of graphic novels
  • Use various drawing tools and techniques for the purposes of illustrating a graphic novel.

About the Instructors

Andrea Hoff - On Campus sections

Andrea Hoff is an artist, graphic novelist, and writer. She lives and works next to the Salish Sea on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation) Peoples. With her bright palette and a fierce heart, she has travelled the world, finding stories and friendships in the most unexpected places. You can find her words and pictures in places like The Tyee, Broken Pencil, Room Magazine, Display Canadian Design, The Oxford Writers' Network, and Netflix. For the past four years, she has been collaborating with young people creating comics about the future and working on a PhD.

Joni Taylor - Online sections

Joni Taylor is an artist/illustrator living and working in Vancouver, BC. Her work is concerned with the idea of comic arts as a potent medium to disseminate a feminist message through humour and satire. To this end, Joni has published numerous zines and comics with a decided feminist agenda. Her illustration work also explores creating 3D sculptural forms. Her work at Emily Carr University is a perfect outlet for her passion for the arts and introducing emerging artists to the various ways one can express themself through illustrated narratives. Joni holds a BFA (2014) and an MFA (2017) both with a focus on illustrated narratives.