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Bret BlevinsBy Bret Blevins
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Bret BlevinsBy Bret Blevins
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About

Why create a Kickstarter for an online drawing class?

Bret briefly explains why this project was brought to Kickstarter.

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Learn to bring your visions to life! 

Bret Blevins, cartoonist, story board artist, animator, painter, and more, is bringing his first full length online tutorial course to the public Fall of 2018.

Bret has been "cartooning" since 1981. He spent nearly 15 years working with Marvel Comics exclusively, then moved on to DC Comics for years as well. In addition to Marvel and DC, Bret has worked with Disney, WB, Kids WB, Cartoon Network, and more. If you watched the video for this Kickstarter you know Bret has worked on so many legendary series.

Adding to Bret's pool of graphic works, he just completed working on Skybound's newest property, "Stellar." With the announcement of Stellar a few short weeks ago Bret has received a lot of attention.....

•From Newsarama.com, "BRET BLEVINS Returns To Co-Pilot IMAGE's STELLAR With JOE KEATINGE. Memorable Big Two artist Bret Blevins returns to mainstream comic books this June in a sci-fi story about a bounty hunt gone wrong - based on an original idea by Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri."

•And from Multiversity Comics author Jacob Hill said the following.  "This comic is drawn by none other than legendary “X-Men” artist Bret Blevins and, damn, is it good to have him back. From the very first panel, “Stellar” establishes a confident style. You can tell by the indigo skies this is supposed to be a dark story but the sweeping landscapes are breathtaking. Every page is packed with so much detail that this could have been a silent comic and still have told a great story. The main characters walk through the remains of shattered statues, and impaled robots the size of skyscrapers. Some spaceships have a retro 50s design and some are made of what I can only describe as Egyptian biotech. A government office is in the corpse of a giant something. The world that Blevins draws is worth the cover price alone."

With some pretty big projects wrapped up in June of 2018, Bret finally has some time to sit down and work on a project that he's been wanting to do for years. For the summer of 2018 Bret will be sitting down to create his first full length video tutorial series about cartooning and "The Art of Visual Story Telling."

Learn from one of the masters 

Bret isn't just a comic book artist. He has worked in so many roles over the years. Illustration, coloring, storyboarding, animation, and more! And Bret is looking to share his skill set with the next generation of cartoonists and graphic novel illustrators!

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While you don't become a content creator overnight, this introductory class with Bret will set you on your way. We won't be just talking about how to draw and illustrate. Bret will be talking to you a lot about your most important tool, your imagination, and how you can create a compelling visual story with the tools you have at hand!

What Can You Expect From This Class 

Whether you're starting into illustration and drawing for the first time, or you've already got the basics, this course offers a lot. Bret will start out with "the basics," of course. He'll then move into character design, what you need to understand the Art of Visual Storytelling, and he'll walk you through some original creations as well.

When students have completed this course they'll have the fundamentals needed to begin creating their own works focused on telling a story through the graphical presentation. And remember, this is the first installment of what Bret hopes to be an ongoing series of courses for serious artists!

Finally, Bret is planning on starting 2 new projects in this course. From a script to bringing completely new characters to life, Bret will demonstrate breathing life into a completely new creation, and then begin building the world that these new characters will inhabit.

  • Drawing Basics
  • Pencil and Paper Techniques
  • Digital Illustration Techniques
  • Character Creation
  • Putting your character and environment together
  • Telling a story in a single frame
  • Creating a new character from nothing (Project number 1)
  • Creating your new character's world
  • Developing a visual story

Risks and challenges

The challenges aren't too big for Bret to handle. The biggest challenge has been setting aside the time to create this course for you. Every time there seems to be some free time to start filming a new project comes his way. And that's where this Kickstarter comes in.

In order to make sure there's more than enough time available to share everything he wants to with you, Bret decided to launch this Kickstarter to secure funding for at least 2 months of the course development. With the successful funding of the Kickstarter, August and September of 2018 will be used to record the full course for fans. Of course, filming has already started, but the more time available to Bret, the more relevant and fun content can be produced. This will be the launching point for a series of courses from Bret.

Provided we achieve full funding, the risks on the project will be minimal, and the rewards will be amazing for backers of the project!

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    Thirty five dollars and above will get you into Bret’s Art of Visual Story Telling Course 1 for beginners, due to launch in Otober of 2018. Additionally your name will be added to the credits at the end of the class series.

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    Access to Bret’s Art of Visual Story Telling Online Course 1 for beginners, due to launch in October of 2018. Additionally your name will be added to the credits at the end of the class series.

    Backers will also get access to Bret's private 2 hour Q&A about cartooning for Marvel, DC, Disney, Warner Brothers, Kids WB, Skybound, and more. This first Q&A will take place in October of 2018 with a maximum of 50 attendees.

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    Access to Bret’s Art of Visual Story Telling Online Course 1 for beginners, due to launch in October of 2018. Additionally your name will be added to the credits at the end of the class series.

    Backers will also get access to Bret's private 2 hour "Ask me anything," about cartooning for Marvel, DC, Disney, Warner Brothers, Kids WB, Skybound, and more. This AMA will have a maximum number of 25 attendees, and will take place in November of 2018.

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    Elite Hero

    Elite Hero's will have access to Bret's Art of Visual Storytelling online course. They will also receive access to all of the recorded Q&A's and AMA's from the other tiers, which they can watch any time they like. And finally

    How about 1 hour web chat with Bret for review and critique of your own illustration works? Yes, Bret will review your work and chat with you about your creative endeavors for 1 hour (to be scheduled after the launch of the course).

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    Legendary Hero

    This special tier has room for 12 people. You'll get the online course, access to all archived Q&A's that Bret will be doing, and finally....

    Signed copies of "Stellar" Bret's latest work with Skybound. You'll receive Stellar Numbers 1-6 signed by Bret Blevins as they come out.

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    • "Stellar" Numbers 1 -6 signed by Bret Blevins to you.
    • Small Pencil Drawing of a Stellar Character of Your Choice
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    This special tier only has room for 5 people. You'll get the online course, access to all archived online Q&A's that Bret will be doing, and....

    An original color commission of any character of your choosing on paper up to 11x14 inches

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