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Creating Characters!



Comics workshop with illustrator and cartoonist Tomek Giovanis


Have you always wanted to draw a character but don’t know where to begin and how to do it? Or maybe you’ve already created some characters, but each time you draw one of them it comes out a little bit different from before?  Have you created a lot of beautiful characters and want a way to place them smartly on a panel?

Illustrator and comic-book designer Tomek Giovanis shows us the entire process of creating a comics’ character. With examples drawn from characters in the comic strips Astinomos Niania (Talc Free Press), I Anagnostes (Patakis publications) and the comics series Koulouri (Jemma Press), the cartoonist will analyze step by step the creative path that can turn an idea into a character, give them form and bring them to life. In the workshop, we will also find out how to create a variety of characters, each with its own distinct form and personality, and place them to best effect in the comics’ panels.

The event will be held online through Zoom and is designed for everyone interested in creating comics, aged 7 or older.

Tomek Giovanis is an illustrator and cartoonist. He was born in Poland and is a graduate of the Graphic Arts department of the Faculty of Graphic Design and Fine Arts at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens. He is the creator of the album Oh My God!!!, comic series Koulouri (both Jemma Press) and the fanzine HeHe!. He has illustrated Myrto Georgiou-Nielsen's book …he created him in his own image and Sophia Nema’s The Wedding of Kontopitharos (Patakis Publishing). Both received awards at EBGE.  He has participated in exhibitions in Greece and abroad and his works have been awarded by EBGE, by Comicdom Awards and in competitions abroad. He is a founding member of the web-comic team of The Very Closed Circle and regularly collaborates with cultural institutions and groups, teaching comics classes and organizing workshops for children and young adults.




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