Comic Books: Learning from the Masters

Drawing from the rich history of comics, class projects will explore a variety of genres. Drawing exercises will be based on the specific techniques used by comic artists throughout history. Covering a broad overview of the field, we’ll look at 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; RAW comics and some current trends.

What you will learn:

  • 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:

  • Sketchbook*

  • Pencil (s)/eraser(s)*

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

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

  • Brushes (watercolor brushes recommended), don’t need immediately

  • Ink (sumi ink recommended), don’t need immediately

  • Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.