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Homecooked Comics Festival, 17-18 August
Workshops presented as part of Homecooked Comics Festival 2019

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Saturday 17 August, 10am (1.5 hrs)
First Floor Room 2A

Are you filled with the desire to draw, but don’t know where to start? Does your finished work always look a bit wrong? (Well, not like how you imagined it anyway.) Alex e Clark has all the hot tips for improving your drawing. This workshop contains over an hour’s worth of solutions, hacks, and tricks to get you past those roadblocks and be ready to draw anything you can imagine. Drawing material will be supplied or you can bring your own.

Alex e Clark has a Diploma in Illustration, a Bachelor in Animation, and ten years experience in creating zines and comics. She loves drawing and loves passing on what she has learned.

Saturday 17 August, 10am (3 hrs)
First Floor Room 2B

Drawing for Story is a workshop designed for people trying to communicate inside organisations. It introduces you to sketching storyboards as a way of aligning stakeholders and helping them understand the challenges they face. You may be trying to create an elaborate comms plan, video production or slide deck -- but it starts with being able to sketch out your ideas and explain them over a single sheet of paper. Bring along a communication challenge you want to work on, then, on the day, dive right into sketching, emotions, expressions and targeting your audience. Then we let you loose to turn your story into a storyboard.

David Blumenstein is a freelance service designer and visual communicator in Melbourne. He’s a cartoonist/comics journalist for outlets like Daily Review, Junkee, The Nib and SBS Comedy. David co-founded Squishface Studio, Australia’s first open comics studio, which functions as a workplace, retail space and classroom.

Saturday 17 August, 11:30am (1.5 hrs)
First Floor Room 2A

Get more acquainted with Photoshop with Thom Nguyen. This workshop will help you go from pencil sketch to rendered digital artwork. Thom will also be dishing out her favourite shortcuts, tips and tricks throughout the class.
Things to bring on the day: a traditional sketch, and a laptop and/or tablet.

Thom Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian comic artist, illustrator and zinester in Melbourne. She's really into risography.

Saturday 17 August, 1pm (1.5 hrs)
First Floor Room 2A

Join Newcastle cartoonist Ben Mitchell for a creative workshop on panel composition, exploring layout, sequence, balance and multimodality while deciding how much to show, how much to tell and where to put it all.

Ben Mitchell is a cartoonist and illustrator from Newcastle, New South Wales. He is currently creating a PhD in Visual Narrative Design, and has been independently producing the comic series Storm Clouds for several years.

Saturday 17 August, 1pm (2 hrs)
First Floor Room 2B

Ever wanted to draw manga-style comics? Melbourne artist Kenny Chan can teach you how. In this two hour workshop you'll learn how to draw manga-style faces, develop characters, and convey expression through classic manga design.

Kenny Chan is a teacher and freelance artist who has been running manga, comic and cartooning workshops around Australia since 2003. He has worked on comics, animation, video games, advertising and school textbooks during his career.

Saturday 17 August, 2:30pm (2 hrs)
First Floor Room 2A

Remember playing with a Viewmaster? Create your own Viewmaster reel to bring home!
In this two hour workshop, you will design and make your own Viewmaster reel and turn it into a seven panel mini comic played on a loop. You can create a short narrative with the seven slides of the reel or just have fun with colour and shapes. All materials are provided!

Emilie Walsh is a visual artist working across media, currently based in Melbourne. She is currently undertaking a PhD on the imagination and narratives of adventure in contemporary art practices, at the VCA, in Melbourne. Her works include comics and zine, photo and video, printmaking and installations. She is working on a graphic novel about women sexuality, called F*** You F*** Me.

Saturday 17 August, 3pm (1.5 hrs)
First Floor Room 2B

Want to publish your own comics but baffled by where to start with printing? Bring your note-taking socks (and things to take notes) as Alisha Jade discusses an overview of the different printing options available, the strengths and pitfalls of self-publishing, and how adding three months to any print deadline might save your sanity.

Alisha Jade is a Brisbane-based comics creator and publisher at Petrie Press. Her major series, Seven has been collected in a kickstarted omnibus after being serialised in Oi Oi Oi magazine, and her minicomics are being distributed internationally by Sparkler Distro. Her work has featured in numerous anthologies, and her crowd-funded Neither Here Nor Hair anthology was this year awarded a Silver Ledger Award for Australian comics excellence.

Sunday 18 August, 11am (1 hr)
First Floor Room 2A

This fun workshop helps children create dynamic and expressive comics. They’ll first be guided through some simple comic-making skills, and finish off by creating their own one page comic. The class gives the kids a chance to design their own humorous characters and stories.

Clea Chiller is an artist and illustrator who works out of Squishface Studio in Brunswick. She has exhibited work at Platform Contemporary Arts Spaces, Seventh Gallery and Bruce Artist Run. She is the creator of Garbage Bags, a series of darkly humorous autobiographical zines, and has had comics published by The Lifted Brow and Doll Hospital Journal.


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