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Welcome to Wacom Creativity Camp!

This is the home of Wacom Creativity Camp, our series of free, live workshops from brilliant artists, creators, and educators throughout the month of July 2024! If you want to learn all about character design, illustration, comics, manga, art education, and more, make sure to sign up for Creativity Camp to get reminders about and to register for all of the workshops.

On this page, you’ll find links to register for individual events, as well as a wealth of curated resources for leveling up your character design, comics & manga, photography, and art education skills, so you never stop learning.

And don’t forget the Wacom eStore, the best place to buy Wacom products. Workshop attendees get a special discount code that only works there!

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Free instructional workshops

Free, live workshops from professional artists and educators

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Character design and illustration

Tips, tricks, and tutorials to design dynamic characters and illustrations

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Comics and manga

Learn how to create dynamic comic pages and draw in that iconic manga style

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Creative education

Advice and resources for art teachers, creative educators, and CTE instructors

Free instructional art workshops

Every Tuesday and Thursday // July 9 – 30, 2024
4:30-6:00pm PDT // Livestreamed on Zoom

And one special in-person event at the Portland, OR Wacom Experience Center // 6:00pm PDT // July 18, 2024!

Whether you have a new Wacom device or are using pencil and paper, are brand new to digital art or have been at it for years, or are looking for some new ideas and strategies for your creative classroom, we have a whole suite of free workshops for you! Check out the lineup and make sure to sign up so you don’t miss a thing!

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How to draw a manga page from scratch in Clip Studio Paint 

Tuesday, July 9th, 2024
4:30pm PDT // Livestreamed on Zoom

In this manga workshop, Odunze Oguguo will provide an easy step-by-step guide for creating a professional manga page, using a Wacom tablet and Celsys Clip Studio Paint software. From idea to execution, all necessary steps will be covered, along with additional tips from Oguguo’s experience as a published manga creator. 

About the presenter:

Odunze Oguguo, also known as Whyt Manga online, is a YouTuber with 500,000 subscribers, a manga/comic creator, co-founder of Myfutprint Entertainment, LLC, and creator of Apple Black, a manga traditionally published worldwide on Saturday AM. Oguguo is also an art director for Sandstorm Comics in the United Arab Emirates. Check Whyt Manga out on Instagram, YouTube, or Twitch.

Go camping with Lukey McGarry

Thursday, July 11th, 2024
4:30pm PDT // Livestreamed on Zoom

In this workshop Luke “Lukey” McGarry will chat about how he created this year’s Wacom Creativity Camp artwork, seen at the top of this page, as well as show off some of his creative process and impart some wisdom gained over his years as a professional illustrator, animator, and cartoonist.  

About the presenter:

Cartoonist and animator Luke McGarry’s clients include Coachella, The New Yorker, MAD Magazine and Tenacious D. His unique style extends beyond the canvas as the front man, bassist and knob twiddler in the band Pop Noir. He’s a Wacom Cintiq Pro user and loves to go “tabling” at Cons, draw vignettes filled with humor and keen celebrity insight, and make cool merch with his art. Check Luke McGarry out on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

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Storytelling through visual media: from photography to film

Tuesday, July 16th, 2024
4:30pm PDT // Livestreamed on Zoom

Join photographer and filmmaker Sky Bergman for an engaging session where she will share impactful tips for creating, rather than just taking, photographs. Attendees will explore ideas that will spark excitement about photography. They’ll also cover essential principles like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and explore visual elements such as shape, line, texture, color, symmetry, balance, perspective, repetition, pattern, and light.

About the presenter:

Sky Bergman is an accomplished, award-winning photographer and filmmaker. Lives Well Lived was her directorial debut.

Her fine art work is included in permanent collections at museums around the world. She was the chair of the Art & Design department at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA (2007 – 2013) and is currently a Professor of Photography and Video. Check her out on Instagram.

Crafting compelling character designs with digital art

Thursday, July 18th, 2024
4:30pm PDT // Livestreamed on Zoom

Designing cool characters is one of the most fun things about being an artist, but it can also be challenging. In this workshop, Jocelyn Short will help break down the character design process and give attendees the tools to make compelling designs, showing her process for thinking through character design iterations and talking through examples of great character designs across mediums.

About the presenter:

Jocelyn Short is an illustrator and concept designer creating artwork for the fantasy, sci-fi, and horror genres in comics, video games, and film. She is currently developing Bearers, an art anthology exploring the experiences of unique spirit couriers. Her professional credits include creating the banner artwork for Virtuous Con for 2024, art assets for Black Feminist Video Game, and character designs for the comic The Legend of Althea by Royce Adkins. Check Jocelyn Short out on Instagram, or Facebook.

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A holistic look at the creative process

Thursday, July 18th, 2024
6:00pm PDT // Live in-person at the Wacom Portland Experience Center

This in-person workshop will cover many aspects of the actual process of creation from two comics pros. The presenters will discuss individual ergonomic needs and process considerations, including why some artists choose all-digital workflows and others mix digital and analog, the advantages of using creative pen displays, kneeling chairs vs. traditional ones, and the actual step-by-step process of comic creation. 

About the presenters:

Taki Soma is a HUGO award nominated artist, writer, and colorist. She’s worked on a variety of comics projects – her work can be found throughout publishers such as Image, IDW, Marvel, Dark Horse, Jinxworld at DC and more! Check her out on Instagram or X (Twitter)

Michael Oeming is known for a large body of work in comics, video games, and television. Follow him on Instagram, X (Twitter), and YouTube.

This is an in-person workshop in Portland, OR and space is limited – make sure you register to get a seat! 

Creating a suspenseful manga page

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024
4:30pm PDT // Livestreamed on Zoom

Despite the vast range of genres that manga offers, something that links them all is the suspense of the page turn. If you are an aspiring manga artist, this is a fundamental skill you must master. In this workshop, horror mangaka Gigi Murakami will walk through their process for creating a compelling, suspenseful manga page that will leave readers on the edge of their seat.

About the presenter:

Gigi Murakami is an NYC native manga artist, illustrator, writer, content creator, and small creative business owner at the intersection of horror media, alt + nerd culture, and (schlocky) film. Her work blends Japanese manga art and vintage American comic and pulp aesthetics. She specializes in traditional ink and color illustrations, and manga art focusing on dark, fantastical, and dramatic themes. Follow Gigi Murakami on Instagram, X (Twitter), or YouTube.

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Stylizing shapes: distilling everyday objects into exciting bits of joy

Thursday, July 25th, 2024
4:30pm PDT // Livestreamed on Zoom

Every object around us has some sort of soul or character hidden within it. In this workshop Kirk Wallace will show you his full process for creating interesting illustrations with everyday objects, like a landmark, a character, or maybe even just a baseball cap, focusing on the core of what makes something unique and stretching it to its limits.

About the presenter:

Kirk Wallace, also known as Bone Haus, is a freelance illustrator, animator, art director, and much more who has created designs, animations, campaigns, and much more for clients such as Adobe, Apple, Disney/Pixar, McDonalds, Rocket League, Uber, and many more. He’s known for his bold, hyper-stylized, detailed, yet simple style. Follow Bone Haus on Instagram, YouTube, or take one of his classes on Skillshare.

Creating a visual autobiography in Adobe Photoshop

Tuesday, July 30th, 2024
4:30pm PDT // Livestreamed on Zoom

This workshop will go over a lesson teaching the foundations of photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop through a narrative self-portrait project. It will cover how to support students in the ideation and brainstorming process, helping them develop the story they want to tell through their portrait and gather images. It will also discuss essential design principles and key Photoshop tools and techniques, including non-destructive editing with layer masks, adjustment layers, and layer effects.

About the presenter:

Clare Szydlowski is a dedicated high school art teacher with 17 years of experience and a passion for teaching digital art. As a teacher-author and blogger, she loves sharing fresh ideas and tips to help both new and veteran teachers bring digital art to life in the classroom. Clare holds an MFA in Printmaking and a BA in Art and Education, blending her expertise with a playful approach to learning. Follow her on Instagram.

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How to design compelling characters and interesting illustrations

Whether you’re creating a video game, comic page, or editorial illustration, you need your characters and designs to be dynamic and compelling. Make sure to attend Luke McGarry, Jocelyn Short or Kirk Wallace’s workshop for expert tips and tricks. If you can’t make one, or are looking for more resources, check out all of the great content below!

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The best free pose references for artists

The best free pose references for artists

Whether your style is realistic or stylized, the key to drawing different poses well is to master human anatomy. Here are six free pose references to support your artistic ...

How to draw comics & manga

Have you always wanted to create your own manga or anime character? Draw your first comic book or strip? Or draw fanart of your favorite characters? Make sure to attend Whyt Manga and Gigi Murakami’s workshops. If you can’t make one, or want to keep learning, this section will pull together a bunch of tips, tricks, and tutorials for you to level up your skills!

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Why your art teacher hates your anime art

Why your art teacher hates your anime art

Often when beginners draw anime, they see it as a quick way to get good at art and that's when a lot of teachers will warn you not to draw anime because you’re using it as a crutch.

How to teach art and creativity

Whether you’re an art teacher or are trying to infuse 21st-century creative skills into your non-art classroom, Wacom tech is up to the task. Check out Sky Bergman and Clare Szydlowki’s workshops, and check out all of the resources below for art education, creative careers, and classroom resources from Wacom.

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The best Wacom products for creativity campers

If you’re just getting started or are trying to outfit your classroom, a One by Wacom tablet is a great choice. A Wacom One tablet or Wacom One display can take your creativity to the next level. And if you’re an art student or need professional-level creative tech in a portable package, our newest device, Wacom Movink, might be just what you need. Check out the Wacom eStore for more information and to buy.

Also, Creativity Camp event attendees get a special discount code on these and other Wacom products — make sure to register and check your email for more information!

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Did you know? Wacom products come with software bundles for creatives at all levels

Wacom works with our software partners to provide the best experience possible for illustrators, photographers, video editors, game designers, and beyond. And those partnerships mean we can provide extended free trials of some of the best creative software available, to anyone who registers a Wacom product – so you can try out different software programs and find the one that fits your creativity best.

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Let's break down the character design process with @_jocelynshort tomorrow during Wacom Creativity Camp! Jocelyn is a fantasy, sci-fi and horror genre artist working in comics, video games and films. It's gonna be a fun-filled session, so don't miss it! Sign up for camp through the link in the bio ☝️
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We were so excited to talk with Tomotaka Shibayama, director of the anime film My Oni Girl, currently available on Netflix 🎬💫

Join us while we chat with Tomotaka Shibayama about the display he used during the production, Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 ✍️

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We hope you channel the power and energy in this beautiful @wenjun.lin creation ☁️🌬️⁣
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@dokomi_expo was a BLAST ❤️ We are already missing the inspiring vibes from our Otaku community 💫

We really enjoyed meeting you and sharing thoughts at the event 😎

Now, here’s a question for the comments section: With what MANGA character will you swap jobs? 👇

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Wacom Adventures with @lplucas 🥸☁️☁️☁️☁️⁣
Here are 3 ways to draw clouds as a pro artist in #ClipStudioPaint⁣
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Let's go "camping" with @lukeymcgarry this week at Wacom Creativity Camp! During this virtual campfire of sorts, Luke will walk us through his creative process, share art tips, talk about his favorite tools and shortcuts to make his comics, and tell us all about how to stay creative while also avoiding the sun this season. ☀️☀️☀️☀️
Join us July 11 at 4:30 PST. 
Sign up for camp through the link in bio ☝️
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Learn to draw a manga page from scratch with @whytmanga during Wacom Creativity Camp on July 9th. Odunze will  show how to go from idea to execution, covering all necessary steps and a few special personal tips to save time and level up your game on Clip Studio Paint. 
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Artists when no one is watching. 🙈🥸⁣
Thank you @lplucas, for making us all feel seen. ⁣
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