ONSITE: Digital Worldbuilding + Character Design

Learn how to develop, refine and depict fully realized worlds. We will discuss the basics of character, prop, and environment design with a focus on graphic novels (as well as other media). At the end of class, you will have a fully rendered character, setting, and inventory in Adobe Photoshop. Hopefully the beginning of a story in the making!

Special Notes

  • Students should come into class comfortable with drawing or with previous drawing experience. Please bring whatever sketchbook, drawing and writing utensils you would like to use.
  • This class does not meet on 1/16.
  • Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

  • Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined by our website. For more info visit This is an On-site course. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit
About the Instructor

Melissa Duffy

Duffy (she/they) is a mestiza Filipino-American cartoonist, illustrator and printmaker based in Richmond, Virginia. They graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Communication Arts in 2012. Duffy has worked with BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, Richmond Magazine, AMC, and Dark Horse. Currently, she is illustrating We Walked in Clouds, a full-length graphic novel published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She is also a practicing secular wedding celebrant through the Humanist Society. An avid rollerskater and nature enthusiast, Duffy’s work frequently touches on love, flora and fauna, magickal associations, and more than a few cats.

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ONSITE: Digital Worldbuilding + Character Design

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Class Details
January 9 - March 610 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Day: Mon
Tuition: $145.00
Member Tuition: $130.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Melissa Duffy
Level: All Levels