How to Draw Manga Characters (One-day Workshop) (MAN101-SP)

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Saturday 10:00-16:30
Glenn Kardy
Tokyo (Maps & Directions)
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Have you ever wanted to draw Japanese-style comic book characters? You know, those impossibly cute cartoon guys and gals with big eyes, wild hair-dos and hilarious facial expressions? Well, here's your chance! This workshop, open to both beginners as well as advanced artists, will teach you the ins-and-outs of creating authentic manga characters. First, we will discuss the tools of the trade, including the different types of manga pens, ink screen tones and computer software that professionals use, then, guide you through the process of designing a character. Next, an artist will give step-by-step instructions for drawing a character from head to toe, followed by a series of pen-and-paper "warm-up" exercises. Then, it will be your turn to draw! Participants will be given feedback and advice. We'll wrap up the workshop with a brainstorming session in which students will show their characters to one another, and collectively develop a simple story involving all of them. The course will be conducted by Glenn Kardy, president of Japanime Co. Ltd., a Tokyo-based creative agency that publishes how-to books under the "Manga University" imprint.

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Materials fee for manga pens and paper: 1500 yen. Participants are limited to twelve for optimal guidance.


Glenn Kardy

Glenn Kardy, 42, is president and CEO of Japanime Co. Ltd., a Tokyo-based publishing company and creative agency known for its manga-themed educational materials, including the Kanji de Manga and How to Draw Manga series of books.

A graduate of the journalism department at California State University, Sacramento, Glenn spent a decade as a new reporter and editor in his native Northern California before taking a job in the mid-1990s with the English-language division of The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's most widely read daily newspaper. During a three-year stint at Yomiuri headquarters in Tokyo, Glenn regularly wrote and edited stories about pop-culture trends originating in Japan, including the anime-and-manga boom.

Glenn left the Yomiuri in 1998 to launch Japanime and its Manga University publishing imprint. He is actively involved in all facets of Japanime's business activities, from design and editing to production and promotion.

Glenn lives in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, with his wife, their daughter and a collection of Oakland A's bobblehead dolls.

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