Last weekend (October 29th and 30th) in Dirty Deal together with Finnish Institute in Estonia we organized 2 workshops for 16 - 24 years old youngsters from Riga. Comics teacher Petri Koikkalainen came from Helsinki to lead the workshops together with Latvian artists Ingrīda Pičukāne and Reinis Pētersons.
Altogether 12 young people took part in workshops and learned how to develop characters, what to tell with pictures, how to deal with words, bubbles and when to leave the text completely out.
Participants met Clint Eastwood in a desert and found out how to draw a comics strip, how to tell a story about their home city, where to draw important details and what to leave in the background. Then a comics-real Johnny Depp arrived in Riga, where he went to the market and got into trouble straight away. Finally, everyone with pencils drew a story and saved him. Soon the comics made during the workshops will be published on the comics workshop blog, there you can find what happened later on.
Here are some impressions from the workshops:
Supported by the Finnish Institute in Estonia, the Embassy of Finland in Riga and Helsinki Comics Centre.