Visual narrative
with Mariana Rio
Online workshop (Zoom)
September 6th and 10th, 2021 (Monday and Friday),
19.00 – 21.00, Moscow time
How do you tell a graphic storie to grab the viewer's attention? What are the key components of visual storytelling? How to find new original ideas for creating narrative projects? You will find answers to these questions together with Mariana Rio, illustrator from Portugal. The illustrator will share effective techniques and professional experience gained over many years of working with various projects in communication design, book and magazine illustration.
Effective story is authentic, but we often think of authenticity as something that needs to be real. However, it does not mean that something has to be literal in visual storytelling. Authentic means connecting with your audience.

The online workshop will be a Zoom conference in English with consecutive interpreting into Russian.

/At the announcement cover and later on you can see illustrations
by Mariana Rio/

  • 18+
  • Some experience in drawing and a big wheel do learn more about telling stories with pictures.
Mariana Rio
Mariana Rio is an award-winning illustrator and educator from Portugal. She has been a practitioner for more than ten years, being the last four full-time freelancing. She graduated in Communication Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Oporto (2008). She also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Wroclaw. Her work was featured by the Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition in 2018 & 2013, Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Competition Seoul, 3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, CJ Picture Book Awards, and the Portuguese National Illustration Prize, among others. Mariana is a participant of many joint and her own exhibitions around the world. She also conducts lectures and workshops for professional illustrators and for children.

Below you can see some more illustrations of Mariana Rio
Workshop is for
  • beginners and working illustrators and artists, who would like to learn new ways of visual storytelling;
  • for those who is interested not only in book illustration, but also in working with the media and creating visual stories for social networks;
  • for anyone who wants to work on personal or commissioned projects for book illustration, animation and graphic novels;
  • for everyone who plans or already works with publish houses;
  • for everyone who wants to develop their creative abilities;
  • for fans of Mariana Rio
What you will learn
  • We will make textures, use ready-made patterns or shapes and experiment with different kinds of paper to make our illustrations. We will think of a character who can live in our landscape and draw him.
  • We will explore how the qualities of paper - texture, thickness, transparency, color, pattern can add value to the illustration;
  • Improvising with cut out elements, “sketching” with shapes
  • Defining a palette of color, elements or shapes to build a series of illustrations with a coherent aesthetic;
  • Bring a landscape to life and animating a landscape with a character.
Workshop results
You will prepare a small illustrated narrative, prepared to expand for a more significant project.

At the end of this workshop, you will have a bag full of ideas for new projects and the development unfinished.
The workshop agenda
6, 10 September, online, Moscow time
6 September
19.00 – 21.00
6 September
19.00 – 21.00
The first lesson
Presentation of the participants
The possibilities of visual narrative. Analyses of references and examples.
Guided work proposal: Let's build a short story.
When the lesson is over you are supposed to continue on your own.
10 September
19.00 – 21.00
10 September
19.00 – 21.00
The second lesson
You continue your work and revision of the participant's proposals.
Discussion of results, Q&A
Learn how to iterate with the results and build a more complex project from this starting point.
Necessary materials and tools
  1. A stack of plain white paper;
  2. Onion paper;
  3. Pens, pencils, markers, paint, paintbrushes;
  4. Cardboard;
  5. Scissors, precision cutter, blades;
  6. Glue;
  7. Light table (optional);
  8. Table protection for cuts and material to clean.
How online lessons are organized
1. Lessons are held remotely in real time via Zoom.
2. Before 1 hour of the start of each lesson you will get an email. There you will find a link for today’s lesson, an assignment or additional materials.
3. When you click at the link at the beginning of the lesson, you will get at a special virtual classroom where you can see and hear your teacher and other participants.
4. The teacher will show and comment on class materials via presentation or demonstrate how they work using a camera. The teacher will specify assignments.
5. The participants will show their results via a special class chat in Telegram or Miro board. The teacher will comment on the results.
6. The lessons are recorded and the link will be sent within 24 hours after the lesson and will be available within 30 days.
Online workshop
'Visual narrative'
with Mariana Rio
135 USD

The cost if you pay in advance:

  • 75 USD if you pay through August 13th, 2021 (you will save 60 USD)
  • 95 USD if you pa through August 24th, 2021 (you will save 40 USD)
  • 115 USD if you pay through September 5th 2021 (you will save 20 USD)

Group: up to 20 persons

Online workshop 'Visual narrative' with Mariana Rio
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About the organizer
The training of the masters of their business has two serious consequences. If you take the first steps - this training usually inspires, recharges, shows potential. If you are advanced in your business - you know what to 'spy', to take a new level. Watercolor is no exception.

From 2012 Bratec Lis School has been carrying out activities with masters of painting, illustration and drawing, conducting workshops with renowned artists from over the world. We invite artists and illustrators from all over the world to share their skills and success stories with you.
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