Comic Books: Learning from the Masters

Each class session will focus either on a specific artist, or artists of a specific time period and genre. Along with learning the importance of these artists and genres, and a brief history of their work you will see examples, and drawing exercises in technique according to their style.

We will cover a range of comics from: early comics and the golden age of comics of the 1930s and 1940s; the Silver Age Superhero Comics of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Wally Wood; Horror Comics; Marvel House Artists of the 1970s, along with the 1970s underground comics movement; European Sci-Fi and Japanese; then RAW comics to the current comic scene going on right now.

What you will learn in this class:

  • Knowledge of history of comics

  • General knowledge of what makes a “good” comic or a “bad” comic

  • Tools of the trade to get professional looking results

  • Techniques specific to artists and genre

  • How to spot techniques and understand terms in comic art

Required supplies for this class:

  • Sketchbook*

  • Pencil (s)/eraser(s)*

  • Precision pens (micron 01, 05, 08 recommended)*

  • Bristol paper (14×17 and 11×14 recommended)

  • Brushes (watercolor brushes recommended), not needed immediately

  • Ink (sumi ink recommended), not needed immediately