Neal Yamamoto's cartoons, humorous illustrations, character designs and comics can be found in over thirty children's activity books, several national magazines, comics and t-shirts. His client list includes LA Parent, Backstage West, Lakeshore Learning, American Legion Magazine, Medical Economics, the Japanese American National Museum and many others. His current book is "Superhero Explosion: Easy Lessons for Drawing Comics" published by Impact Books.
Jeramie M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Well prepared & knowledgeable instructor with good backround in literature & the arts. Able to communicate concisely. Expert at what he teaches.
Class was permanently cancelled. Refund was supposed to be issued. Please issue refund
Cari H. gave this class 1 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Juan B. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Importantly, this is not a drawing class. This is a visual storytelling class that will give you all of the technical tools needed to create a graphic novel. The focus is primarily on layout and the basics of presenting a story in visual form. Neil is great teacher -- very clear that he cares -- and he is, quite admittedly -- pressed for time. He could easily fill two or three additional hours per session without breaking a sweat. Class structure involves critiques on the previous week's work, which involves laying out a page of script in visual form. Again, drawing skill is not the focus. Instead, Neil focuses on the ability to tell the story graphically. Rough storyboards suffice as long as the point is clearly made. The second part of each session consists of an in class drawing exercise designed to push the student into creative ways to explore simple characters and situations, which is followed by a brief lecture. The class does skew heavily -- perhaps a bit too heavily -- towards in-class critiques -- to the detriment of the teacher's lectures, which he is often forced to rush through. A 50/50 split (or less) may have been more effective, especially if homework was turned in and the teacher offered a few notes at the next session. Overall, a very solid class that is well worth the time and money. After the class, I feel that I have all of the skills necessary to move forward on my project with confidence.
Chandus J. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Rocio P. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Lauren C. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Victor B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Tim W. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.