INDEPENDENT COMIC CREATOR PUTS A COMIC BOOK SPIN ON ART CLASSES
Indy comic book creator, Martheus Wade, creator of the hit graphic novel series Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa and Turra: Gun Angel and art director for MAW Productions Studios, is proud to announce the formation of The Comic Studio, a series of classes that specialize in the art of comic book and graphic novel creation.
The Comic Studio will be art classes with a comic book twist. The classes take an innovative approach to creative design that combines fine art, writing and graphic design skills and team them with goal setting techniques that will empower students to see projects through to completion. Courses will cover everything from photoshop techniques, to illustration techniques, to writing all from the perspective of comic book and graphic novel creation. “I’ve always wanted to give back to the Memphis area,” Martheus said. “The idea for the Comic Studio began when I taught comic illustration in the penitentiary system. There were some extremely talented individuals there that could have contributed so much to the art world if someone would have reached them early and helped develop their talent. I want to find that child before it’s too late.” Thanks to fellow artist and prolific painter, Adam Shaw, classes will start at his studio in November at 2547 Broad Ave, Memphis TN. “The revitalization of Broad Avenue as an arts district fits The Comic Studio perfectly,” said Martheus. “It’s the perfect place to open minds to the arts and the power of the graphic medium.”
Classes start in November and will meet Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. More information on times will be available in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in enrollment should contact Martheus Wade at email@example.com or join our facebook page, keyword: The Comic Studio. Free art tutorials are also available online at www.mawpro.com.
Martheus Antone Wade
Optioned for motion picture, Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa was created in 1985 by Martheus Antone Wade, a graduate of the University of Memphis. Martheus’ love for martial arts, along with his talent as a graphic artist, was a natural fit for creating exciting characters and imaginative storylines. He then began his carrier as an intern at Signature Advertising. After completing his internship, Martheus worked as graphic designer. After two years, Martheus struck out on his own as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator working with companies such as the Radison Hotel, Trust Marketing, Senior Services, The YWCA, The Girl Scouts Council of the Mid-South, and Special Olympics.
He has illustrated for Maximum CNG, Bloodstream for Image Comics, Shooting Star Comics, Chaos Campus for Approbation Comics and Andrew Dabb’s Slices just to name a few. Recently, he has worked on such titles as Action Man and Nanovor for IDW, Bad Girls Club for the Oxygen Network, and illustrated, wrote, and produced a comic book crossover with his title character, Jetta, and William Tucci’s, Shi. His work has been used for the movie Role Models from Universal Pictures as well as the instructional DVD and book, Hi-Fi Digital Color for Comics available from IMPACT Publishing.
Visit www.mawpro.com to see more of his work and artistic process .
This is the LAST WEEK for the first official MAW Productions art contest! All contest entries have to be completed and posted to our facebook page by August 1st, 2012! ENTER YOUR ART HERE!
JETTA, TURRA AND MULEY – TIME BANDITS CONTEST
Here is your chance to show us your renditions of Jetta, Turra, and/or Muley in a different era in time. Steampunk, Futuristic, Feudalism, Ming Dynasty, whatever time your heart desires, we want to see your take on our flagship characters.
One thing that I have noticed over the years is that our female readership has grown tremendously. They are very vocal and very loyal. I really think that is cool! I love to see diversity in comics and comics readers and to know that women enjoy the character as much as they do, is a very good thing. So, I wanted to do something to celebrate that. Here is a piece that I did, called Girl Power, where I tried to get the most famous female fighters together in one awesome pin-up! From video games to comics, I tried to cover as much territory as I could. I still missed a few. But the martial arts power speaks for itself! Hope you guys like it.
See how I designed this piece from sketching all the way to finished art over at www.mawpro.com!!