september, 2022

27sep10:0015:00Masterclass: Gareth Brookes - Old materials, new effectsInteresting masterclass with unusual materials that challenges the classic Graphic Novel-medium

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Traditionally, comics have been drawn with tools that produce lines on paper – from nib pens and brushes to their modern digital counterparts. In his critically acclaimed graphic novels, Gareth Brookes defies this tradition, choosing instead to make expressive use of ancient techniques like embroidery, linocut, pyrography, and more.

In his most recent graphic novel, The Dancing Plague, Brookes visualizes the story of the legendary medieval “dancing plagues” by contrasting the browns and grays of burnt wood (real life) with wildly colorful embroidery (demons and devils). The visuals implicitly convey the power of the characters’ religious visions – and how the toil and suffering of every day life pales in comparison. Another example: In his breakthrough book The Black Project, Brookes told the both tender and darkly humorous story of a pubescent boy building lifesize girlfriends out of whatever material was available. The graphic novel was created using a combination of linocut and embroidery, the “handmade” quality of the images mirroring the handiwork of the protagonist.

In his masterclass, Brookes will share the thoughts and ideas behind his unusual work process. Then, he will challenge attendees to create character designs of their own using the most unusual materials – and to reflect on the ways in which the materials affect how the characters are experienced.

The masterclass requires sign-up and will be in English


(Tuesday) 10:00 - 15:00



Kasernevej 8-10


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