Course Announcements


Summer courses are enrolling right now!

Follow these links to read about my summer SVA courses, Inking ComicsFigure Drawing for Cartoonists, and Cartooning Basics. Inking runs on Tuesdays in the summer (Fridays in fall and spring). All summer classes are from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm, June through August. Come cartoon with me! Tell your friends!


“…I took your class and found it fundamentally reoriented my approach to comics drawing. Just your summation of the PURPOSE of inking (it tells the reader how to read) turned my thinking about the page on its head. I am still digging through your class handouts on a regular basis and, on your sage advice, going to weekly life drawing sessions— the lone ink-toting artist in the room!  Tom Motley! You taught a great class that really helped me.”

A. K. Summers, author of the graphic novel, Pregnant Butch


“Tom Motley has got a great comics mind in addition to his inking proficiency, and is an amazing resource to have. I don’t think I’d ever have developed the amount that I had without his insights when I was starting to take comics seriously.”

Matt Lubchansky,  the Nib.


More student samples and discussion can be seen here


Please let me know if you have questions.


Instructional Handouts

Tips for Drawing Characters


Parts of a Comic Page


the process part1


the process part2




Downloadable Teaching Materials:


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