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Drawn from Life: Illustrating the Personal Narrative

This course combines an overview of popular graphic narratives with a hands-on approach to creating an illustrated essay of the student's own. Beginning with an introduction to the many forms of graphic storytelling, including Renaissance fresco and tapestry cycles, manga, comics and film sequences, the course deconstructs elements of their form, symbolism and style, and invites the student to select an essay (or write one from their life) which is, through the drawing process, realized as a short pictorial narrative.

Note: This Adult Continuing Education online course is project-based with no set meetings times and 24-7 access to course materials. Weekly activities will include readings, video demonstrations, tutorials, online discussions, assignments, and critiques.

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"I loved this class. The practice in line work, spatial rhythm, tone variation, and panel composition rekindled my interest in drawing and gave me a whole new appreciation for graphic illustration. For anyone wanting to build their confidence and skill with line and tone in a mindful and strategic way, this is the class to take."
-Drawn from Life student

Registration Deadline: May 25 at 1 p.m. CT

Registration for this course is closed.

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Color Pencil Drawing
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Class meeting time Asynchronous 24/7 Course Content Access
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Building and room Onine
Course number 1170
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