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Class Details: Story in a Picture

Amanda Jolly 01The images in many entertainment portfolios, especially those of students and recent grads, are primarily descriptive. This can be appropriate for some concept design or visual development, but you are entering an industry based on narrative. Can you tell a compelling, cohesive story with your images? Do your illustrations invite a viewer to discover more, unfolding a narrative before their eyes?

A large number of industry professionals we’ve talked with have stated that they respond much more strongly to portfolios with images that have a sense of emotional, narrative involvement. Not only do such images prove an understanding of story structure; they also demonstrate a high-level ability to integrate storytelling into visual expression.

This summer, we’re offering a class to give you the tools to attain that high-level ability. The class is called “Story in a Picture”, and is taught by Richard Keyes, a distinguished educator and member of Art Center College of Design’s faculty for the last 23 years.

Motivarti mentor, Victoria Ying is one of Richard Keyes’ formal pupils and had some great things to say about her time with him: “There are very few classes that I remember as fondly or whose information I use as frequently as that of Richard Keyes. He’s a brilliant and insightful instructor whose gentle support of students is a magnificent testament to his profession. When I’m asked what classes I would recommend to students who are attending my Alma Mater, I always recommend Richard’s first because it changed my work and challenged me in ways that I had never been challenged before or since.”

“Story in a Picture” is a 10-week class that will cover an incredible amount of ground, thanks to Richard’s in-depth class preparation and a passion for teaching visual storytelling.

To start, you’ll learn the basics of story structure, what makes a compelling narrative, and how visual elements like lighting, color, and composition function together to create a dynamic image. You’ll then advance to learning how to use these elements to leverage the natural human tendency to seek out narrative in each situation.

Class assignments tailored to “Story in a Picture” will challenge you to construct strong storytelling images with multiple characters, each with their own agenda and personality. Some assignments will be based around sequential storytelling over several panels, and others will revolve around stories of your own creation.

There’s an incredible amount of latitude for personal creativity in the class, and the original assignments will result in portfolio pieces that are unique to you. We’re excited to offer a class that promises to be an incredible workout from both a thinking and hand-skills perspective.

If you’re just getting started, you’ll receive an invaluable introduction to the essential skills of visual storytelling. If you’re a more advanced student, get ready for an opportunity to take everything you’ve learned thus far to the next level!

For more information about the class, please click here.  To register, click here. We’ll look forward to seeing you in class!

The above image is courtesy of Amanda Jolly.  To view more of her work please visit her website.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. I wish I lived in the area! Is it possible to record the the classes and have people pay a fee to remotely study? Or even podcast the class live? This is a critical class, but seems limited to only those in the immediate area…

    April 29, 2013
  2. I agree with Lincoln, I really would love to take this class but sadly am not in the area. If there is any way for people to have remote access to a class such as this I would be very much interested!

    April 29, 2013
  3. Meg #

    I would absolutely love to take this class, but I am not in California. I would also be interested if this class could be online somehow, in the future.

    April 29, 2013
  4. Same story. Wish it was remote able.

    May 28, 2013

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