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Students get lesson in creating comic expression (w/video)

By Bianca Montes
May 28, 2014 at 12:28 a.m.

Using a black marker, Bailey Garcia, 10, of Victoria, works on outlining an ogre drawing during a two-part class taught by local card game entrepreneurs Josh Garrett and Jordan Basaldua at the Victoria Public Library in Victoria.

Bailey Alexander Garcia wants to be a cartoon artist. He's been doodling for years, but the 10-year-old said now is the time to take drawing to the next level.

Sitting in a room with about 20 other art enthusiasts on May 15, the fourth-grader paid close attention to the advice of local artists Josh Garrett and Jordan Basaldue as they taught the group about using mediums, such as Photoshop, to turn pencil drawings into electronic art.

The class was hosted by the Victoria Public Library.

In the two-part class, the artists gave a hands-on lecture about sketching, where to draw inspiration from and how to take a penciled image and ink it electronically. On the second day, they continued with a demonstration on coloring in Photoshop.

This was the first time the class was offered through its Tech Extras program, said training services manager Katherine Henley.

Henley said the library is always looking for new technology content to bring to the public. They are talking about continuing the comic art class. The two artists spent the last 18 months creating a card game, Random Encounters, and took all they had learned through trial, error and success and presented it to the class filled with men, women and children of all ages.

Garcia sat in the front of the class, his lips pursed as he clicked his mouse around the screen - he was almost memorized by all the sketches of villains and superheroes that reflected from the screen into the lenses of his glasses.

He wasn't shy, and although he was the youngest in the class, he boldly raised his hand with each question that crossed his mind and never hesitated to join in with nearby conversation.

"He just has this creative side to him that I never had," his dad, Sean Garcia, of Victoria, said. "He's very smart, he loves to read and is just engrossed with mythologies like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter."

The drawing, he said quickly grew from small doodles to a passion, and when he saw the class advertised at the library, he knew it was something Bailey would want to enroll in. Garcia said his son has immense creativity and he's grateful places such as the library tap into it.

"And it's free," he said.

Bailey said he most enjoys the freedom of art - and that it doesn't get boring.

At the moment, his favorite character to draw is the Tardis, a fictional time machine from the popular series "Dr. Who" because - well - he loves the show.

"You can get as creative as you want and no one can take that from you," he said.

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