I never told this story about my life. But, I was a comic art teacher once in the defunct Pereira's Graphic Design and Art Institute. Or, to be more precise, I was a replacement comic art teacher, because the one that used to work at that time went on a vacation trip for one month.
I don't remember how I got that job. I think one of my old classmates from the Lopez and Acosta comic school (also defunct) recommended the director to give me the job. Either way, I thought that it was a good way to get money and get some experience. But, oh man, I had no idea what a teacher is meant to be.
And I didn't have any idea of how to take a class, either. I was at that time like 27 years old with little to no experience in the art world. Even worse, I didn't prepare anything for the class. All I did was getting in there, pass the list, look out what the kids are doing and try to follow the teacher's program, which no one, even the director, told me what she was teaching. The payment was good, sort of. But, now that I think about it, it was not good enough.
However, looking back at that time, I didn't do my job right, and I'm ashamed of that. I wish I could do it better. If I could go back that time again, I'd had taught them how to be a good artist at least, teach them the little experience that I had at that time. If I have that chance again, I would go something like this:
Okay, we got four Saturdays to teach art to the kids and I will split it into four short units:
Part 1. How to Draw the head
Part 2. Finding your art style.
Homework: Draw 10 faces (5 males and 5 females) each one has to be different.
Part 1. How to draw the human figure
Part 2. About contours and gestures, or why your character's body looks so stiff.
Homework: Draw your character in full body and in three poses: front, back, and doing something.
Part 1. How to make comics part 1. The process.
Part 2. About the importance to keep drawing even that it doesn't look good; and the comic of today.
Homework: Do a comic page of your character doing his/her daily life things.
Part 1. How to make comics part 2. The webcomics and where to publish your first comic.
Part 2. A serious talk with the children about life as an artist
End of the class.
This would be my short art/comic course plan. I hope one day I will get a second chance to be a comic/manga artist-teacher to share my knowledge with the new blood of artists.
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