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Making Picture Books
From idea generation to composition and color for storytelling, a workshop by Matthew Forsythe

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What is a story and how can you write yours? How can composition, color and flow help you convey your unique worlds and characters in a compelling way?

Join award-winning illustrator, designer and author Matthew Forsythe for an unmissable workshop on picture book creation!

Sat, December 3, 2022  UTC+09:00

16:30 – 19:00 *This event will be held in English with consecutive interpreting to Japanese

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FabCafe Tokyo is delighted to welcome award-winning illustrator, designer and author Matthew Forsythe, for an unmissable workshop on picture book creation.

Matthew will share the insights and experience gained from working in worldwide recognized animation shows such as Adventure Time (Cartoon Network), The Midnight Gospel (Netflix) and Robin Robin (Netflix/Aardman Animations), as well as from publishing the critically acclaimed picture books Pokko and the Drum and MINA.

For centuries, humankind has relied on words and pictures to exchange information and inspiration in the form of stories. Stories help us convey our most personal thoughts and emotions, and enable us to communicate and connect with the people around us. As kids, but also after growing up, picture books make us laugh and cry and make new discoveries that fill us with awe. They shape the way we understand our beautiful and complex world and give color and meaning to our everyday lives.

Through this workshop, we want you to experience the joy of personal expression and creativity through the art of making picture books. We also believe these skills will be useful to you in many different occasions: when you need to present information in an understandable and attractive way, when you wish to express difficult or abstract concepts using words and pictures, when you need to bridge diverse cultural and personal backgrounds through the universal language of art…

And, most importantly, when you want to have great fun and see where your imagination will take you!

Illustrations from MINA © Matthew Forsythe. Published in Japan by Kagakudojin.

The session will include interactive discussion and hands-on challenges that will walk you through the fundamentals of writing and illustrating picture books. From idea generation to thumbnailing, page turns and page composition, as well as flow and color for storytelling, you will walk out with a set of useful tools and strategies to start portraying your own worlds and characters in a compelling way.

Professionals from all kinds of creative fields, as well as people with no prior experience in drawing or storytelling are welcome to join!

Introduction

  • Presentation and background
  • A practical framework for storytelling: What is a story? How are stories told in picture books? 

Writing and pacing your own story

  • Exercise: Write a short story outline
  • Exercise: Break your story into effective page-turns through thumbnailing

Art and image making

  • What is flow? How is it used in picture books?
  • How can we use color for storytelling?
  • Exercise: Sketch and paint a single spread

Conclusion: Industry discussion and book signing

Needed material

  • FabCafe Tokyo will provide paper, pens and color pencils for simple sketching.
  • Participants can bring their own sketchbooks, watercolors, iPads, and other tools of choice as well.

Recommended for…

・ Whether you are taking your first steps into picture book making or an already published author, this workshop will offer you a solid framework for writing and drawing captivating stories.

・ If you happen to work in other creative fields such as animation, illustration, copywriting or design, it will bring fresh perspectives to your professional and personal artistic projects.

・ If you have always wanted to craft your own stories but haven’t had the chance until now, give it a try! Picture books will offer you a unique opportunity to express your thoughts and emotions in creative ways!

The picture books Pokko and the Drum and MINA will be available for purchase at FabCafe Tokyo during the day of the event (Saturday, December 3). Don’t miss the chance to have your copy signed by Matthew!

Pokko and the Drum and MINA © Matthew Forsythe. Published in Japan by Kagakudojin.

Guest Artist

  • Matthew Forsythe

    Illustrator, designer and author

    Matthew Forsythe was lead designer on ADVENTURE TIME at CARTOON NETWORK. He was also a character designer on THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL (Netflix) and production designer of the OSCAR-NOMINATED short film ROBIN ROBIN (Netflix/Aardman Animations). 

    He is also the award-winning author and illustrator of the picture books, POKKO AND THE DRUM and MINA – translated into over 15 languages worldwide. POKKO and MINA are available in Japanese from publisher, Kagakudojin Ehon.

    Find out more about about Matt Forsythe here www.comingupforair.net

    Matthew Forsythe was lead designer on ADVENTURE TIME at CARTOON NETWORK. He was also a character designer on THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL (Netflix) and production designer of the OSCAR-NOMINATED short film ROBIN ROBIN (Netflix/Aardman Animations). 

    He is also the award-winning author and illustrator of the picture books, POKKO AND THE DRUM and MINA – translated into over 15 languages worldwide. POKKO and MINA are available in Japanese from publisher, Kagakudojin Ehon.

    Find out more about about Matt Forsythe here www.comingupforair.net

Organized by

  • FabCafe

    FabCafe is a series of ‘Fab’ innovation labs that specialize in creating products, services and experiences of the future. Founded in Tokyo in 2012, FabCafe’s global network now serves and fosters creative communities in 12 locations around the world, including Bangkok, Barcelona, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Tolouse and many more.

    FabCafe is a series of ‘Fab’ innovation labs that specialize in creating products, services and experiences of the future. Founded in Tokyo in 2012, FabCafe’s global network now serves and fosters creative communities in 12 locations around the world, including Bangkok, Barcelona, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Tolouse and many more.

With the support of

  • Kagaku Dojin

    Publishing Company

    In September 1954, “Kagaku Doujin” was established by Professor Fujio Kotake (then Professor at Osaka University), Ryutaro Tsuchida, Ichiro Sakurada, Ryohei Oda, Minoru Imoto, Hisaishi Kubota, Hisaaki Sone and Sadaichi Ueshita to publish the monthly magazine “Kagaku”. The company name “Kagaku Doujin” was decided by Professor Fujio Kotake.

    Since then, “Kagaku” has continued to grow steadily, reaching its current volume of 853 issues (June 2022). The journal has also devoted itself to the publication of supplementary volumes of chemistry, books, and other publications. With the motto “high in content and gentle in expression,” which has been its basic philosophy since its founding, the magazine continues to publish good books that contribute to the development of natural science-related fields and the dissemination of knowledge in specialized fields to the general public.

    Website: https://www.kagakudojin.co.jp/

    In September 1954, “Kagaku Doujin” was established by Professor Fujio Kotake (then Professor at Osaka University), Ryutaro Tsuchida, Ichiro Sakurada, Ryohei Oda, Minoru Imoto, Hisaishi Kubota, Hisaaki Sone and Sadaichi Ueshita to publish the monthly magazine “Kagaku”. The company name “Kagaku Doujin” was decided by Professor Fujio Kotake.

    Since then, “Kagaku” has continued to grow steadily, reaching its current volume of 853 issues (June 2022). The journal has also devoted itself to the publication of supplementary volumes of chemistry, books, and other publications. With the motto “high in content and gentle in expression,” which has been its basic philosophy since its founding, the magazine continues to publish good books that contribute to the development of natural science-related fields and the dissemination of knowledge in specialized fields to the general public.

    Website: https://www.kagakudojin.co.jp/

Information

Date & Time

Sat, December 3, 2022 16:30 – 19:00 *This event will be held in English with consecutive interpreting to Japanese UTC+09:00

Venue

FabCafe Tokyo
150-0043 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 1-22-7 Dogenzaka Pier 1F
tel. 03-6416-9190
https://fabcafe.com/jp/tokyo/
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Fee

4,000 JPY *Includes a free drink

Capacity

25

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