Category Archives: Workshops

Classes, Commissions and Christmas

Ty got his last set of pages into his Marvel editor, he’s in the middle of his teaching week, and I’m about to compile the list of commissions he’s going to be working on…

If YOU would like a sketchbook commission, please read the details in the post from last week, Sketch Cover Commissions, and email Ty at tybunny AT gmail DOT com.

This sketchbook was done for The Hero Initiative, for auction.

This sketchbook was done for The Hero Initiative, for auction.

And…for those of you who have been asking about Ty’s upcoming classes–all the details about COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP PART ONE and his completely brand-new-never-been-taught-before-oh-boy-he-can-hardly-wait HEADS, HANDS AND FACES are on Ty Templeton’s Comic Book Bootcamp site.

And…no, we’re not yet doing a Digital Coloring course, but we DO have a One-Day Workshop RENDERING WITH MARKERS, in which animator/illustrator/webcomic artist Meg Kearney will teach you how to use copics and other markers to colour your comics/pinups. You’ll learn to choose colours, to mix them, how to layer them and more. The information on that course is also over at Comic Book Bootcamp. You can pay at the class, but we do need to know if you’re planning to attend so the instructor will have enough sets of markers for each participant.

This illustration was drawn and coloured by instructor Meg Kearney, using copics.

This illustration was drawn and coloured by instructor Meg Kearney, using copics.

 

Keiren

It’s New Comics Wednesday with even MORE Holmes Incorporated Previews!

One more day until Fan Expo Canada 2012. One more day I get the privilege of showing off the marvelous work of the contributors to this years issue of Holmes Incorporated (#3 in a series of who knows how many?).

Look for this cover at the convention, and you’ll be talking to a contributor, or one of the excellent retailers who are carrying the book

Today, we start with Flight Lessons, a charming tale of charm and how to learn it, written by the very charming Daniel Reynolds and more-than-charmingly illustrated by Meg Kearney.

Written by Daniel Reynolds, art by Megan Kearney

Next up is an exciting flashback story, set in the Second World War, featuring “the Old Man” of Holmes Incorporated, back when he wasn’t quite so old.  For a script so filled with “old” it’s done by two young men worth looking out for in the future, making a story very much worth looking at right now…Written by newcomer Eric Houstoun and penciled and inked by newcomer Dylan Kloepfer.

Story by Eric Houstoun, art by Dylan Kloepfer

We normally give you two pages for each story, but there’s a fun bit of a clue I DON’T want to give away until you get the book in your hot little hands.  I know it’s tough, but you’ll have to wait.

Next, Savannah MacIntosh and Tuhin Giri , our impressive team-up from yesterday’s preview pages, come together for a SECOND story in the book, flipping duties this time…Savannah illustrates Tuhin’s script instead of the other way around.  I think you’ll agree that Savannah’s art is as lovely as Tuhin’s script.  Is this the next Lee/Kirby?

Story by Tuhin Giri, art by Savannah MacIntosh

Come back tomorrow for our last set of preview pages before the start of Fan Expo Canada 2012, Thursday August 23 4pm.  After all this skill on display, is it possible we saved the best for last?!?

Tune in tomorrow and see…

Ty the Guy OUT!!

Even with all these free pages, you STILL get a Bonus Sherlock Holmes Comic Book Moment:  Would I ever give you less?

It’s impossible not to love this

Go ahead and try.

AND! If you’d like to learn how to write and draw your own comics, just like these creators did…be sure to check out the courses over at my Comic Book Bootcamp. There are still some spaces available in Writing for Comics Part One, and Drawing the Human Figure from your head.

www.comicbookbootcamp.com

Holmes Incorporated Countdown Continues! Tuesday Edition!

MORE Holmes Inc. goodness! How will you survive all this explosively skilled and impressive work? By heading to FanExpo Canada 2012 this weekend to buy your VERY OWN copy of the book, of course!

It will look like this…you should have no trouble finding it at the FanExpo convention this weekend in Toronto!

Up first today, pages from Analysis Paralysis, a story from first-time participants Savannah MacIntosh and Tuhin Giri, who turned in a story like a pair of old pros.   Savannah wrote this delightful story – illustrated even more delightfully by Tuhin – which sees Edgar having to rescue his sister and cousin from evil-doers.

story by Savannah MacIntosh, art by Tuhin Giri

 James Cooper is back with a one-pager, Special Guest, with art by Jeff Longstreet!

written by James Cooper, illustrated by Jeff Longstreet

Next up in our excursion through artland is returning champion artist Rachael Wells (a participant in all three Holmes Inc. issues), and a new writer, Sam Noir. I inked Rachael on her last story, and it inspired her to take my Inking for Comics course–with some pretty wonderful results, as she inks her own pages this time out. Sam Noir is a first-time participant with Artie is Dead, but his story left an impression on everyone who read it.  There’s a hidden surprise or two AFTER this tragic opening that you’ll NEVER see coming.

story by Sam Noir, art by Rachael Wells

The next haunting tale of Holmsian Love and Mystery was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had working on this project for the last three years.  The story went through a draft or two before we got to this fabulous version in the end, and Kevin “Silkcuts” Gorospe gets my vote of the most tenacious writer we’ve ever had.  His artist Raymond Jin is another first-time participant who turned in a wonderful art job with more effort and attention to detail than anyone else, and was FINISHED FIRST, which every editor loves.  When you read the full story, you’ll fall in love with one of our cast, just like Trey did…

Take a bow, guys.

story by Kevin “Silkcuts” Gorospe, art by Raymond Jin

Holmes Incorporated #3 will be available for sale at Fan Expo this weekend, in Booth 614, at Rachael Well’s booth A165, and at the Templeton-Smiths tables in Artists Alley, P30A and P30B. Stop by and pick up your copy!!

Ty the Guy OUT!!

Here now, your BONUS Holmes Comic Book Moment:

This comic is actually the FIRST time I ever read a Sherlock Holmes story.  It came out when I was about nine or ten, and started me down a lifelong path of loving the great detective.  Walt Simonson cover, and E.R. Cruz artwork on the inside, if I recall (or one of the Redondo Brothers).

See, Mom?  Comics can learn ya stuff.

The Countdown BEGINS: Monday

The countdown to Fan Expo Canada 2012 begins!!  It’s Monday, so it’s only…no, don’t want to know, I have too much to do before Thursday’s opening at 4pm.

But–one of the things I need to do is show off some of the amazing art that came out of this year’s Fit-to-Print Holmes Incorporated workshop! 21 creators working together in different teams produced an incredible Issue 3!

Art by Adam Gorham, colours by Ty Templeton

First up, is Night of the Living, written by James Cooper , art by Brice Hall. This is the second Holmes Inc. for James, and Brice Hall’s first, but he took to it like an old pro. Besides art duties, Brice lettered his pages.  Gaze upon their beauty and wonder!  And you’ll get a chance to buy the issue at FANEXPO, or read the issue online in just another week or so…FOR FREE!!

story by James Cooper; art/letters by Brice Hall

Next up…Hologram Holmes written by Adira Rotstein. Although Adira is new to the world of comic book writing, she’s an established author having published her first YA novel, Little Jane Silver last fall (the sequel is currently in editing). She wrote a fun but touching story about our Holmes family that you’re going to LOVE when you read the full thing.

Eric Houstoun has the pencil duties on this story, his first ever published comic art.  I jumped in to add some inks and greytones (at Eric’s request), and the whole thing ended up being one of the most charming Holmes Inc. stories we’ve ever run.  See for yourself…

story by Adira Rotstein, pencils by Eric Houstoun

This issue of Holmes Incorporated includes a batch of ONE PAGE stories, each written by a different author, and each beautifully drawn by the Holmes Inc. veteran JEFF LONGSTREET.   The first of this group was written by another Holmes contributor who’s been with us since issue #1, Mighty Mike Marano.

We had two first-time participants for the next story, but you can’t tell.  Terror of Penitence House,  written by Oliver Ho (who first took my Writing for Comics class last summer, but he has been taking classes elsewhere, and all that learnin’ shows) . Eduardo Suarez Florido handsomely rose to the challenge of illustrating this spooky story using some techniques involving a computer and one of them new fangled drawing pads.  The final result is a tour de force of mystery and tension.

story by Oliver Ho, art by Eduardo Suarez Florido

And THAT’S just your taste of the first quarter of the quietly magnificent new issue we have coming your way!! Holmes Incorporated #3 will be available for sale at Fan Expo this weekend (as of Friday), in Booth 614, at Holmes Inc. Alumni Rachael Well’s booth A165, and at the Templeton-Smiths tables in Artists Alley, P30A and P30B, as well as a few other spots in the building.   Stop by and pick up your copy, and stay tuned for news on when you can download this issue digitally for FREE!  We’re here for the students and we’re here for the readers.  We want everyone to enjoy this one.

Who says this isn’t the Comic Book Bootcamp Age of Comics?

Ty the Guy OUT!!

Here now,  your BONUS Holmes Inc. Comic Book Moment:

Unpublished promotional artwork for Holmes Inc. #2 by Dawnson Chen.

 AND! If you’d like to learn how to write and draw your own comics, just like these creators did…be sure to check out the courses over at my Comic Book Bootcamp. There are still some spaces available in Writing for Comics Part One, and Drawing the Human Figure from your head.

Because I’m not nearly busy enough…

I thought, “Hey, why don’t I open a school of my own and start teaching there?”

I’ve been teaching for many years now–but it’s always been in someone else’s school, and it’s been as much a learning experience for me as the students. Now, I know what I want out of my classes, what I want for my students, and I know where we’re going to be storing the crayons, darn it –and that’s what I’m doing with Ty Templeton’s Comic Book BOOTCAMP!!

And So You Shall!

And I’m opening it in the most welcoming location in the city of Toronto.  A collective space called the Comic Book Embassy, located at 392 Spadina Avenue (Second Floor) in Toronto (Chinatown and on the edge of Kensington Market! Two great neighbourhoods!). I will be sharing the address with several freelance creators; the school will be in the front room overlooking Spadina. It’s an amazing location–two streets south of  College on Spadina. The Spadina streetcar has a stop almost directly in front of us. Easy access by TTC, and for those of you who drive, there is a large (and cheap!!) parking garage on the first street south of us (on Baldwin Avenue). AND…we’re only minutes away from The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery, which will make those Wednesday afternoon treks for our new books easy peasy lemon squeezy. I’ve been told it’s only a ten minute bike ride for those bizarrely intent on remaining healthy.  Not a bad walk, either, says my wife who has done it many times. (and remember that Guerilla Printing is in the same space as The Lounge, for those of you who need comic books or prints done after you’ve finished taking one of the classes!)

Learn stuff, like how to do THIS.

I’m still figuring out tables and chairs –but I already know what classes I’ll be teaching in September. For a new school, I figure it’s best to start at the beginning with the  basics, some writin’ and some drawin’.

This is called “branding” when I push it in your face like this…

Head over to the site for my new school, Ty Templeton’s COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP and read all about ‘em there!

(www.comicbookbootcamp.com)

And don’t worry, there’ll be a schoolwarming party as soon as we get the expensive stuff nailed down.  I’ll keep you posted.

Ty the Guy.  Teaching Canadians to cartoon, one day at a time!

Here now, your BONUS Boot Camp Comic Book Moment:

This was the logo designed by former Bootcamper Jason Laudadio, many moons ago, when this meshuga first started up.

www.comicbookbootcamp.com

 

NEW YEAR, NEW CLASSES!!

It’s January, and we’re counting down the days until Ty starts teaching his next set of classes at Toronto Cartoonists Workshop.

Before he does though, the one and only Leonard Kirk is teaching a SNEAK PEEK WORKSHOP on DYNAMIC PAGE COMPOSITION. That class will be THIS Saturday, January 7, 1-4pm. Click through to book a spot; it’s $25/+HST.

Next Wednesday, January 11, it’s Ty’s turn for a SNEAK PEEK WORKSHOP, FIGURE DRAWING FOR THE COMIC BOOK ARTIST. This will be a three-hour look at what is a brand spankin’ new class. There will be a live model and instruction from Ty.  The class runs 7-10pm. Click through to book a spot; $25/+HST.

Classes “officially” begin the week of January 16. First up will beWRITING FOR COMICS, LEVEL ONE. Immediately following this session, Ty will be teaching a brand new course which will be WRITING FOR COMICS, LEVEL TWO. Level One starts Monday January 16, 7-10pm. Click through to book a spot. If you’re interested in Level Two, but it’s been a while since you’ve taken Level One, talk to Sean Menard, TCW director–he’s offering an AMAZING DEAL wherein you can get a 50% discount off of the first course.

On Tuesdays, beginning January 17, 7-10pm, Ty will be teaching INKING FOR COMICS. This is a brand new course; previous versions involved four different inkers teaching their methods and ideas. This course will be taught solely by Ty, and will involve lots of in-class work so that you can get immediate feedback on your techniques. Click through to book a spot.

Starting on Wednesdays, the following week, Ty will be teaching the full version of FIGURE DRAWING FOR THE COMIC BOOK ARTIST. This class will involve a different live model each week, with ongoing instruction from Ty.

Check out the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop website for all details and for all the other courses available. There’s also a course about watercolour painting, Life Drawing with Geordie Miller, and–yayyy!! Dave Ross will be teaching a class on Designing Environments and Props for the Comic Book Artist.

Learn how to do this from artist Dave Ross

Keiren

WORKSHOPS!!!

Ty is up to his neck in deadlines so I’m here to let you know what classes are coming up for him…

Saturday December 3, Ty will be running a “FIGURE DRAWING FOR COMIC BOOK ARTISTS” Sneak Peek Workshop. This will be a one-day three hour class for $25/hst. This will be a Life Drawing class but with instruction/advice/divine intervention from Ty, and with a comic book slant .

(Also check out the SNEAK PEEK WORKSHOPS from some of my fellow instructors…THIS Saturday, November 26, TCW’s newest instructor Dave Ross will give you a taste of DESIGNING ENVIRONMENTS AND PROPS 

and on Saturday December 17, Mr. Leonard Kirk (New Mutants, Marvel Comics) will teaching DYNAMIC PAGE COMPOSITION.

All SNEAK PEEK WORKSHOPS are three hours, $25 + HST (hey, blame McGuinty not us!), at 587A College Street West (at Clinton). Reserve a spot online (you can just drop in, but if we don’t see online that people are interested in a course, there is a chance that it will be cancelled. Leonard has to travel in from St. Catherines to teach which is one heckuva drive. Ty has to come in from Mississauga and is at the mercy of the QEW/Gardiner conditions. The drive can take thirty minutes…or it can take ninety).

On Friday December 9, TCW will host a FACULTY ART SHOW with instructors Dave Ross, Leonard Kirk, Eric Kim and Ty Templeton. Each instructor will have some of his artwork on display, and each will have a table to show and sell art. Not sure what each will be bringing but Ty will have pages, prints and (if all goes well) sketchbooks. As with all TCW Industry Nights, it’s Pay What You Can at the door (with a suggested $4)–the money goes to charity (not completely sure for this event, but generally it goes to help with The Joe Shuster Awards). There will be a cash bar, and instructors/artists will be available to answer questions about their art and their courses.

AND…if you can imagine all the way ahead to January:

WRITING FOR COMICS Level 1:  students who have taken this course have begged (seriously–begged!) for a Part 2. To that end, Ty will teach Part 1 starting Monday January 16, 7-10 pm for seven weeks. Part 2 will be in the session immediately following. (I took this course with Ty just this past summer–the stories are completely true! Ty is an incredible teacher and it motivated me to start writing after a twenty year hiatus.)

INKING FOR COMICS, Tuesdays 7-10pm starting January 17, 2012. People know Ty as a penciller and a writer, and many know that he often inks his own work…but those who have been following him from the beginning know that he started at DC Comics as an inker (Neal Pozner once took me aside and BEGGED ME to convince Ty to return to inking–he was drawing Batman Adventures at the time–because he said, “He’s absolutely one of the best”). Ty loves inking (he often wishes aloud that he could “just spend a year inking comic books”) and wants to pass on his knowledge and skills.

pencilled by Mike Parobeck, inked by Ty Templeton

FIGURE DRAWING FOR THE COMIC BOOK ARTIST This is a completely new course beginning Wednesday January 18, 7-10pm. The course will feature a live model each week and will feature anatomy instruction as part of the session.

Keiren

Ty Templeton’s WRITING for COMICS

 Ty Templeton (writer of Batman AdventuresSimpsons ComicsHuman Defense CorpsHoward the Duck:  Media Darling, Stig’s Inferno and much much more) teaches his well-known and much-recommended “Writing for Comics”. Sez TCW’s description,

“This action packed course will teach students story construction, character development, dialogue, plotting, as well as pitching and editing a script for the comics industry. Students will explore the different formats and techniques of comic script writing (including Marvel style and full script) while creating their own characters and stories. While basic writing skills are helpful, they are not necessary.”

Ty promises that you can’t possibly have writer’s block after taking this course! The course starts Monday, July 11, 7-10pm. Contact Sean Menard for registration info.

(actually planning to take this myself, yes, even though I live in the same house as the guy—it’s such a jam-packed course that there’s no way he can teach it twice in a week, so it’s probably best I just turn up in class!)

Duration: July 11 – August 29 (no class August 1)

(From the last Fit to Print: Holmes Incorporated #2 meeting)

Keiren

It’s all about the learnin’!

If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you probably know I teach classes at the Toronto Cartoonist Workshop when I’m not drawing stuff for comics (and writing stuff for comics).  Today’s an anatomy class, and I prepared a couple of handouts, showing the development of the arm and shoulders from a simple skeletal form to a finished one.  They’re fun little examples and I thought I’d show off a couple of today’s handouts, just so you guys can see what you’re missing by not coming ’round to the Workshop and hanging out.

The headless woman claps her hands above her neck hole...

More of today’s handouts:

All right, that’s enough knowledge bombs for today.  You’ve got the working understanding of the arms now, go draw an issue of the Hulk, already!

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your bonus comic book anatomy moment:

The drawing of Cap on the left is by Rob Liefeld...the drawing on the right was drawn anonymously, but it shows off the level of anatomical drawing skill that Rob is known for.

Take a Workshop with Ty!

For those of you in the Greater Toronto Area, there are still a few spaces available in Toronto Cartoonists Workshop workshops. Ty will be teaching his WORLD-FAMOUS Comic Book Bootcamp Part 1 (he’s starting to infect me with his all-caps!), on Mondays and Tuesdays.

There will be other workshops starting March 3–check the website for details.