ONSITE: Worldbuilding and Character Creation for Comics and Graphic Novels

In this class we will discuss the basics of character, prop and environment design with a focus on graphic novels (but touching upon how similar application occurs in books, movies and games). Students will go through the process of ideating, refining and depicting a fully-realized character, their inventory and details about the world they live in – At the end of the class they should have a fully rendered character, as well as a layout of at least one environment and several props (arranged all together with explanatory text). 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.
  • 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 social distancing protocols and wear masks at all times. 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: Worldbuilding and Character Creation for Comics and Graphic Novels

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Class Details
January 19 - February 2310 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Day: Wed
Tuition: $135.00
Member Tuition: $121.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Melissa Duffy
Level: All Levels