Course Announcements


Fall Online CE classes are enrolling now at SVA:

Join cartooning instructor Tom Motley for Thinking In Ink, Figure Drawing for Cartoonists, and Cartooning Basics in the evenings beginning the week of Sept. 20. 2021.

Next semester, most classes will be live in Manhattan, so out-of-towners, this may be your last chance at these courses.

Learn more at our Daredoodle session, Sept 2.

Come cartoon with me! Tell your friends!


“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

“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





T. Motley