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Fantasy Art Unlimited

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  • FREE Taster Session: on any Wednesday for New Students **See below

Full Details of the Course Below:

The Fantasy Art Unlimited course will be amazingly in its fifteenth year, this coming September, under the tutelage of Tim Perkins. The highly successful course has grown in size over the years and caters for local and out of town students.

The FAU course, as it is affectionately known nowadays, now takes place within the excellent venue on the top floor of The BATCAVE  Comic Shop in Blackburn, and students attend from out of town alongside those living in Blackburn.

Students come from far and wide on a weekly basis. Some are quite local, some have to travel to the town from nearby towns and cities.

One student actually flies from Malta, specially to attend.

The cost of the course is presently 100.00.

The cost of the course is dependent on the amount of students attending and can fluctuate due to this. The more students, the cheaper the cost, as there is a central pot of money enabling the course to be run.

Due to the popularity of the course the 30-week courses now rotate with a new course commencing straight after each previous 30-week course finishes with perhaps a break of only a couple of weeks between.

The Current series of 30 x sessions will begin from  Wednesday - 25th April - 2018 - although students can enrol and join the group anytime during the course, as there is always a constant jumping on point.

Following the latest course the next series of 30 x sessions will then commence from approximately Wednesday - 28th November - 2018

There are a few limited places left for anyone wishing to join the course.

**Simply send an email to fau@wizards-keep.com and then arrange to come along on any Wednesday evening from 6:00pm until 9:00pm, for a FREE Taster Session to see what all the fuss is about!

Once more here are the details of the course:


Here are a few details for the latest course:

  • Duration of FAU course: 30 x weeks
  • Duration of sessions: 3 x hours each session
  • Evening: Wednesdays
  • Times: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Course Taster Session FREE: First Wednesday Session
  • Course Start Date: Wednesday - 25th April - 2018
  • Cost of course: 100.00 - This is dependent on the amount of students on the course at any given time
  • The deadline for payment is: Upon enrolling on the course (following the FREE Taster Session - if applicable) 
  • New Students can, however join anytime after the above date

NEW Address of Venue:

The BATCAVE 3-5 Lower Cockcroft Blackburn BB2 1JD UK

**A couple of maps showing the Venue can be found by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.**

There is plenty of nearby car parking a few yards from the front door on the left.

Some details about the course content:

The course will cover lots of things from the basics of sketching loosely and confidently, through to inking and painting.

Topics covered include:

  • Comic books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Game Design
  • Book Jackets
  • Children's Books
  • Cartoons
  • Storyboards
  • Character Designs
  • Background designs
  • Logo Designs
  • Film/Animation/Theme Park Conceptualisation
  • Storytelling techniques
  • Sculpting - For students that wish to take part
  • Creative Writing for comics, graphic novels, and children's books - For students that wish to take part
  • And lots more besides...

Techniques taught using different Mediums:

  • Pencilling
  • Inking
  • Painting
  • New - Digital Painting - Students must provide their own laptop, tablet and stylus and have Corel Painter loaded onto it

The course is geared up to suit each individual student.

One student may wish to do comic book styled work whilst someone else wishes to work with storyboarding, and so on.

All students learn the same techniques but each employs these techniques with their own subject matter.

Tim's experience in the art fields and in education enables his students to draw from a wealth of information, whether it is used for purely leisure or potentially commercial purposes.

During the course other professional illustrators, designers and writers from the worlds of Comics, Books, Film and TV are invited along to act as guest speakers. The students are then able to watch as each creator works on an original piece of artwork, thus enabling them to see how different people all work in individual ways to achieve similar goals.

The course is not just about learning to draw and paint, etc, it is also a valuable resource for learning how the industries work and what it entails when looking for a career in the arts fields.

The students' work has been exhibited at Blackburn Museum, at the end of the course on many occassions.

In 2008 the students produced their first magazine entitled Hybrid XIII.

In 2009 the students produced their second magazine entitled Hybrid XIV.

In 2014 the students worked on a new Project tentatively entitled  - Hybrid14.

The students are currently about to start work on a new Project tentatively entitled  - Hybrid Neologism

The students each receive an induction pack consisting of resource lists of recommended artists, reference books, how-to books and websites where they can purchase the books from, etc.

The students have a private FAU Forum through which up-to-date information from the tutor, homeworks, information sheets, pictures, photos, files and much more are shared - with each student having the facility to upload their own images to their individual folders.

There are ongoing demonstrations, by Tim, throughout the course.

E.G. how to "Loosen up" and "scribble" to sketch quickly and accurately.

Students are introduced to blueline pencilling techniques.

The emphasis on the course is having lots of FUN!!!

For further details email Tim Perkins at:

Or call Tim on 077 1414 2185

Or call Nas at The BATCAVE on 01254 667488

Or if you live in or around the area and you would like to learn to draw like the Marvel and Disney artists feel free to pop along to the BAT-TIC on the Top Floor of The BATCAVE Comic Shop in Blackburn Town Centre (near to Blackburn College) and ask for details to see what's going on.

Many students travel to the course from out of town as well, so please feel free to come along too!

Please email Tim for large versions of maps showing how to find the Batcave if required:

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e-mail: mail@wizards-keep.com   tel/fax: +44 (0) 1254 263217