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Escape Velocity 2017

  • Marriott Wardman Park 2660 Woodley Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)
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Art Way Alliance will be at the second annual Escape Velocity and we're so excited to provide 10 hours of programming! 


9:30am to 10:30am
Be Your Own Superhero with C. Edward Sellner of Visionary Comics

We may not live in a world where people fly or lift cars, but we can all discover our own super-powers and be a real super-hero! Join a fun workshop and learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever! Learn what it takes to be a real super-hero, and design your own superhero look! This is an active and artistic workshop for children and youth ages 6 and up.
10:45am to 11:45pm
The Power Of Panels/ Mapping Out Your Comic Story with Keir Lyles

Comic books panels are an often-overlooked art.  Like a director's lens, they determine scale, pace and how the reader perceives the flow of the story. Come learn how to use panels to create dynamic and engaging pages with AWA artist Keir Lyle.
1:15pm to 2:15pm
Drawing Characters with S.T.E.A.M.

Description: Attendees will learn how to design a character based on one or all of the elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their design. Character design is the art of creating a character for use in books, comics, video games, television, movies and other fictional mediums. Designers outline everything about the character they envision from appearance and strengths to personality and weaknesses.
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Hit Confirm: a Brief History of Character Design for Video Games
Video games are the only mainstream art form in which the audience is not just present, but rather participating in the story.  It’s characters are not ones to simply be watched, but “used.”  How does one find a way to make a compelling character that is just as much fun to use as to watch?  Game designers have come up with a lot of answers to this question over the years. Come sit down with Tyrone Barnes to see a brief summary of them!  Q&A afterwards.


9:30am to 10:30am
Pokemon Go & Draw

Join AWA Artists as they show you how to draw some of your favorite Pokemon characters. From the original 151 to the new Sun & Moon starters, these artists know them all. Participants may even help to create their own creatures!  Bring your Pokedex and creativity!
12:00am to 1:00pm
Kawaii + Create a Character Workshop

Explore your inner self with Imani Brown by creating your own manga character or personal mascot. No experience needed! Just bring your imagination.
2:30pm to 3:30pm
How to Draw Anime

AWA artists will teach participants how to draw various anime characters. Come discover how to incorporate the style and characteristics of anime into your own drawings. You might even create your own original character. All ages and skill levels welcome. 


12:15pm to 1:15pm
Learning The Basics Of Animation

With the theme of Sci-Fi in mind, come bring your drawings to life and learn the basics of animation through these simple steps presented by Jake Heagy.
1:30pm to 2:30pm
The Art of Illustration

Using random nouns, adjectives, and verbs, artist will practice creating their own characters with Kofi Jamal Simmons. This is a brainstorming project that can be done anywhere and is a great way to warm up before doing heavy drawing.

2:45pm to 3:45pm
Getting Started in Comics (Writers Workshop)

Creating comics can be hard. Come and learn a few tricks to make getting started easier. From getting all your ideas organized to where to print and publish your stuff, don't miss out on these tips from Jordan Clark. 

We'll also have programming at our booths the entire weekend, so be sure to stop by! 


Earlier Event: August 26
Southern MD Comic Con
Later Event: September 22
Baltimore Book Festival