How we gain knowledge and learn skills from the internet through free or cheap access to information is of special interest to me. I, like so many others, went the traditional secondary education route of a four year degree program in a subject that, shocker, I'm not actually working in. I know, it's such a rare story these days. *cough*
So when it comes to the subject of learning art and how to make it, I've decided to spare myself the added weight of any more student loans than I already am paying off (curse you, student loans!) and find as many resources available to me for free or very inexpensively. Not to mention I am working a full-time job and have to fit in learning when and where I can. I think that's largely how most people should approach learning these days. It's part of the reason why I write this blog. To teach the process as I am discovering it.
In an age where people are going destitute to pay for educations that aren't easily able to provide for a living income, we need to all be a bit cost-conscious. Don't get me wrong, there is some value in some traditional classroom environments, but I believe the value of the self-discipline and the self-actualization one builds by guiding their own education is more beneficial.
On my journey to learning about how to make art and create my comic I've come across some fantastic resources and guides. But they're all very piecemeal, scattered all over the place. To really find the curriculum I was looking for I have had to search for relevant information, filter out the useless or non-applicable, and stitch it all together to help put me on the track that I want to be on. I haven't found a simple and information-rich guide anywhere really.
Simply put, it's a guide and jumping off point for those looking to create their own comics. I'm writing reviews of books, tools, artists, tutorials, and more that will teach you the main aspects of making comics through free or cheaply available resources.
Comics Academy is not meant to be an exhaustive resource, but it is meant to be a highly valuable place for anyone to begin the journey of creating comics. For simplicity's sake I have broken the process down into three major areas that I believe represent the main challenges of comic creation:
- Write - How to write comic stories
- Draw - How to draw comic stories
- Publish - How to publish completed comics
I'm organizing each section like a traditional classroom syllabus. There are reading lists, tutorials, artists to follow, and I'll also be adding exercises that I think would benefit everyone. Think of it as "homework" ;)
Let me know if you know of any resources you'd like to see added to Comics Academy in the comments below!