ONSITE: Digital Worldbuilding + Character Creation for Comics + Graphic Novels

Using an iPad, learn how to develop, refine and depict fully realized worlds. We will discuss the basics of character, prop, and environment design with a focus on graphic novels (as well as other media). At the end of class, you will have a fully rendered character, setting, and inventory. Hopefully the beginning of a story in the making.

Special Notes

  • This class does not meet on 7/4.
    Students should come into class comfortable with drawing or with previous drawing experience. Please bring whatever sketchbook, drawing and writing utensils you would like to use. Students may bring their own iPad and Apple Pencil- or borrow one of ours during class time. Students may not bring our iPads home with them, though.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.
About the Instructor

Melissa Duffy

Duffy (she/they) is a mestiza Filipino-American cartoonist, illustrator and printmaker based in Richmond, Virginia. They graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Communication Arts in 2012. Duffy has worked with BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, Richmond Magazine, AMC, and Dark Horse. Currently, she is illustrating We Walked in Clouds, a full-length graphic novel published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She is also a practicing secular wedding celebrant through the Humanist Society. An avid rollerskater and nature enthusiast, Duffy’s work frequently touches on love, flora and fauna, magickal associations, and more than a few cats.

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ONSITE: Digital Worldbuilding + Character Creation for Comics + Graphic Novels

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Class Details
June 20 - August 16 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Day: Thu
Tuition: $155.00
Member Tuition: $139.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Melissa Duffy
Level: All Levels