Not only books

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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Program

Week 1

Welcome. Presentation of the course
What is an illustrator?
An illustrator is much more than someone who makes books. The versatile illustrator.

Videos around the world.

An artist´s notebook: introduction

Week 2

Building/Sharing/Metabolizing references
Influence of the Masters of Art History in the illustration.

An artist´s notebook: “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.

An artist´s notebook: day by day.

Week 4

The essence of a character

Breaking down a character.

An artist´s notebook: collaborative observation.

Week 5

Techniques and composition
Monotype, collage, rollers, palette knives, masks. Watercolor, ink, stencils, stamps…

An artist´s notebook: A technique as a business card.

Week 6

Final project

Final project for the catalog.

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 2019.

In turn, the catalog and exhibition will accompany the launch of our International Master of Illustration: not only books. Three cultures, three continents: Asia, Latin America, Europe, which will start in the second half of 2019.

 

Enrolment

If you want information about future calls, register in 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.

 

 

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.
moodleLAB

 

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

If you want information about future calls, register in 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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