Monsters and Madmen, Heroes and Humans: Character Design Class
Wendy Xu and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Monsters and Madmen, Heroes and Humans: Character Design Class


One afternoon session, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday, September 12

Fee: $20
Class limit 15 people

What makes a character? Is it their favorite snack, their bushy eyebrows, their relationship with their mom, their all black wardrobe? Come spend Saturday, September 12 building a character from the ground up. We’ll examine how hopes, fears, body type, fashion choices, gear combine to make a character unique.

Both experienced artists looking for a fun exercise and newbies finding their feet are welcome! If you’re interested in manga, graphic novels, or superhero comics, we’re happy to have you. We’ll have comic books to read, snacks to nibble on, and exercises to do. Feel free to bring your own favorite characters and tell us why you love them.

Please bring: A sketchbook, pencil, and black fine liner pen (micron recommended but not required.)

Wendy Xu is an illustrator and a comics artist based in Brooklyn. Her recent work includes the pencil art and layouts for the 12 page comic that was on display at the New York Historical Society’s Chinese in America exhibit. She is currently working on a variety of short comics as well as a graphic novel about a Chinese American witch and a demon boy band. Catch her on her art blog or on twitter: @angrygirLcomics

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a fellow at AAWW. Her comics & illustration have appeared in the Tin House Open Bar, No Tokens Journal, Hobart, Indiana Review and the National Academy Museum. Her writing has been published in Public Books, NPR’s Selected ShortsTriQuarterly, and The Margins. She has an MFA from UW—Madison and a BA from Columbia University. On twitter: @rowanhlb

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Monsters and Madmen, Heroes and Humans: Character Design Class

Wendy Xu and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Saturday, September 12, 2015
2:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, Suite 600
New York NY 10001
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