Instruction


Course Announcements

 

Summer Cartooning Courses, Online and Live, Enrolling Now

This summer, study Short Form Comics, Thinking in Ink, Figure Drawing for Cartoonists Online and Live in Manhattan, Cartooning Basics Online and Live.   And there’ll be another free Daredoodling event on May 12.

Pandemic or no, online courses are a rare opportunity for artists all over the world to learn from SVA instructors. The School of Visual Arts has been ground-zero for cartooning instruction since its founding in the 1940s. I’ve taught hundreds of New Yorkers and visitors over the years, but now I can help you, too, wherever you are.

That said, it will be nice to be back in the classroom for Figure Drawing and Cartooning Basics. The live experience offers more one-on-one instruction opportunities and in the Figure class, we have live models every second week.

Email me for info if you have any questions. Let’s make comics!

 

“I attended your comic book drawing class many, many years ago. I was just a shy 11-year-old budding artist with an intense interest in being a comic book artist, but until that point was totally self-taught. That class and your instruction was a real game-changer for me. I can’t begin to describe how influential you were in my early development as a visual storyteller. After I completed your course, the flickering flame of storytelling inside me became a bonfire. I went on to study at SVA-NY before moving out to LA to become a storyboard artist. I’m now well into that career and have achieved a lot of success in that arena, even going on to direct a Netflix original movie. Anyway…I think about that class and how influential you were to me all the time. You really made an impact on my life.”

Federico D’Allessandro, lead storyboard artist, Marvel Studios

“…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.”

Mattie Lubchansky,  the Nib.

“If I hadn’t taken your cartooning classes this year, I wouldn’t have been able to create my final project for the visual narrative semester (my digital short story). I’m not exaggerating. These past two semesters have been an incredibly rewarding experience for me: stimulating, challenging, illuminating and gratifying. Your insight, openness and generosity with feedback gave me so many ways to approach drawing, to make drawings better and to have fun in the process. Thank you!”

Laura Brown, SVA MFA candidate

“I TOTALLY loved the class. Transformative. The work I did there hangs next to my drafting table.”

Lynn Bernstein, illustrator

“Greatest Teacher On Earth ❤️”

Paul Barbato, Regular Human Artist

“Excellent teacher, totally worth my tuition bill.”

— Anonymous undergraduate student, spring 2021

 

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

 

comicstripstructure

 

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T. Motley