Includes FREE entry into future SmArt School Art Prize competitions--where your work can be seen by more art directors, gallery directors, & editors + cash prizes. See our Instagram feed for past contests
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*The mentorship runs for 14 sessions. SmArt School teachers sometimes have to travel for professional reasons. If they must miss a class they will notify all students with as much lead time as possible and add a session to the end of the calendar. Some weeks off are also scheduled into the calendar, see the 'Courses' main page for details. ALL CLASSES MEET LIVE and are not recorded due to proprietary content. Teaching will not happen via email, only during class time.
The Essentials of Comics and Sequential Art
Join multiple Eisner Award winning artist Jill Thompson in this focused, interactive mentorship on developing and understanding the essentials of comics and sequential art.
Artists aspiring to work in comics and sequential art must learn essential principles of this very specific genre to gain a high level of proficiency. This art form requires skillsets that differ from other kinds of illustration such as book covers and gaming illustration. Jill will bring her extensive industry knowledge and award-winning perspective to her students through various individually tailored assignments that meet each student where the are. She will work with each student's goals and interests for doing sequential art. Students will be provided with scripts and ideas to get rolling on their first series of sequential pages. Jill will also address the questions around how to best adapt an idea into sequential art. With discussions and demonstrations of methods students may delve into their own creator-based concepts.
Towards the end of the semester a special industry guest will visit the class together to talk with Jill, answer questions and view student work.
This class does require that students have a familiarity with drawing and illustration- if you are a complete beginner we recommend you work with our figure drawing class and beginning illustration first.
After taking this class students will also receive the option of a free profile on the Alumni Portfolios page. Visit the Alumni Portfolios page and type a teacher's name into the search bar to see some of the artists who studied with that teacher.
About Jill Thompson
Jill's comics work has won eleven Eisner Awards and been nominated for many more. She created the Scary Godmother series that was later adapted into two television specials that aired on Cartoon Network. As an artist creating sequential art since the 1980's, her clients have included: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Dark Horse Comics (among many more). She has contributed to major titles: Sandman, Wonder Woman, Batman, X-Men, Spider-Man, Fables, The Invisibles, Swamp Thing, Black Orchid, The X-Files, and Hellboy. Jill has also created, written, and illustrated seven books for Harper Collins Children's Books. She most recently collaborated with wrestler Mick Foley, Illustration Mick Foley's Halloween Hijinx, which debuted at number seven on the New York Times children's books best seller list.
what students are saying
"I've been creating characters and comics for years and Jill's sequential art course helped me really refine my process and give me the confidence to move forward with creating and telling my own stories. She helped break down and provide tools for creating character sheets, story outlines, and panel composition that I'll use in all of my future projects. The class environment was so relaxed and the feedback I got was very constructive, it made showing my work so easy and enjoyable. It was an invaluable experience and a great place to start if you're looking to break into making your own comics! Thanks again, Jill!" Ron Ellis @ucancallmeviss