Not Only Books

From your Own Voice to an Illustrated Book

 
Online Workshop, 14 weeks long, aimed at young or professional illustrators
[with previous selection]

 

The text contents are in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, the videos have subtitles in those languages. Participants can speak in Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian. The teacher will respond in Spanish, English and Italian.
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A workshop that was planned and that, in turn, we were asked by the participants of the first course La Voz Propia. It is proposed as a natural process to advance step by step, offering present and future professionals what they need to achieve the objective of creating a quality book that can have a place in the market.

 

Objective

To make a book project: an album, an illustrated book, for children or adults, an artist book … To carry out and analyze a project so that it is ready to present to an editor. Four images (including the cover) and the story-board are enough for a publisher or a contest.

 

Program

  1. The text. Illustrated book vs. illustrated album. Differences. Minimum necessary characteristics for a text to be used in an illustrated album. Creation of a text or choice of a classic. Relationship between text and images. The three voices of an illustrated album: two independent languages that intertwine and suggest a third.
  2. Search for the style and/or the plastic techniques applied to the book. The emotional tone. Working from what we are. The importance of sketches.
  3. The story-board. Our map. The graphic and narrative rhythm of the book. The format. The composition. In a book, everything must have a narrative meaning.
  4. Creation of characters and environments. In search of the key illustration. Start of the final arts.
  5. Review of the work done. Choice of the cover. Editorial graphic design. Layout. Pagination. Typography.
  6. Analysis and corrections. How to sell our work. The market. Copyrights.
  7. Meeting at Bologna 2020 Book Fair with the teacher.

 

Development of the course

  • 4 weeks on the online platform [# 1-4].
  • 6 weeks to work in your studio, with limited tutoring for the most important questions.
  • 2 weeks on the platform for job analysis, review and corrections [# 5-6].
  • 2 weeks to finish the project in your studio, with limited tutoring for the most relevant questions.
  • Bologna Fair 2020. Presentation of the project. Meeting with the teacher [# 7].

 

Enrolment

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Taught by

Javier Zabala was born in León, Spain. He studied Illustration and Graphic Design. He has illustrated more than 70 books, some of them written by himself. His books have been translated into 15 languages. He has illustrated texts by Cervantes, Shakespeare, Garcia Lorca, Rodari, Melville, Chejov. He teaches Illustration Workshops in Spain and countries such as Italy, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Iran, Cuba… His awards include the Spanish National Award in 2005 and two Honourable Mentions of the Awards of the Bologna International Children Book Fair in 2005 and 2008. It has also been a finalist of the 2012 Andersen Award.

 

 

 

 

Your Own Voice

 
On line Workshop, 6 weeks long, aimed at young or professional illustrators and anyone interested in the illustration.

 

The text contents are in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, the videos have subtitles in those languages. Participants can speak in Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian. The teacher will respond in Spanish, English and Italian.
moodleLAB

 

 
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1st edition catalog

 

 

Program

Week 1

Welcome. Presentation of the course
What is an illustrator?
We all have a beginning
Traveler videos
The job of the illustrator. Not only books
Exercise 1. Your favorite illustrators
Artist’s notebook. Our artist book

Week 2

Building/Sharing/Metabolizing references
The Master’s influences
Exercise 2. In art there are no orphans
Techniques: stencil
Artist’s notebook. draw remembering your references

Week 3 About the style and the own voice.
The artist´s notebook as a place for freedom, the place where we can be ourselves without the pressure of a professional custom. From sketch to final art. From our most intimate illustration to the one published in a book.
Obsessions
Carnets, a self-publised project
Exercise 3. draw covers
Techniques: Chinese ink
Artist’s notebook. Your artist’s notebook
Week 4

The essence of a character
The essence of the character
Exercise 4. The essence of Pinocchio, blue beard, Paris, your city…
Techniques: False engraving with wax
Artist’s notebook. Lights and shadows

Week 5

Techniques and composition
Master lines of composition
Exercise 5. Analysis of the composition
Techniques: Monotype and bitipia

Week 6

Techniques. Watercolor
Exercise 6. My graphic portrait
Gallery of final projects
Our final portfolio (to keep on growing)

The best works will be selected and will make up an on-line catalog which we will introduce at the Shanghai Children’s Book Fair, the International Children Book Fair of Bologna and the International Children Book Fair of Guadalajara in 2020.

 

Enrolment

If you want information about the opening of registration, subscribe the Newsletter

 

 

 

Taught by

Javier Zabala was born in León, Spain. He studied Illustration and Graphic Design. He has illustrated more than 70 books, some of them written by himself. His books have been translated into 15 languages. He has illustrated texts by Cervantes, Shakespeare, Garcia Lorca, Rodari, Melville, Chejov. He teaches Illustration Workshops in Spain and countries such as Italy, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Iran, Cuba… His awards include the Spanish National Award in 2005 and two Honourable Mentions of the Awards of the Bologna International Children Book Fair in 2005 and 2008. It has also been a finalist of the 2012 Andersen Award.

 

 

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