Cartooning for Beginners

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Class #17493
Cartooning 101
Tuition: $120 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays 10 am-12 pm
Three meetings: 7/21, 7/28, 8/4
Seattle: University of Washington
Open to: Adults and teenagers.
Most of the students who take it are adults.
Maximum enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 9



Looking for a fun introductory Seattle Cartooning class? In this four-week class, aimed at beginners but open to all levels, you’ll learn how to create your own cartoon characters and show them in action, even if you’ve never drawn before.

Topics covered in this class include:

  1. How to create your own cartoon characters, and bring them to life — even if you’ve never drawn a cartoon before
  2. How to draw a range of easy cartoon heads and faces based on easy-to-draw models
  3. How to draw your characters from different angles
  4. How to draw facial expressions and emotions on your characters’ faces
  5. How to draw cartoon figures, based on easy underlying shapes such as ovals and cylinders
  6. How to show your cartoon figures in action
  7. How to draw front views, side views, 3/4 views, and more — while keeping a good resemblance to your character
  8. How to draw cartoon clothing, hands, and feet
  9. How to draw both human and animal characters
  10. How to use a variety of pens and brushes
  11. How to sketch out cartoon ideas roughly in pencil so you can work out the details, then finish them in ink
  12. How to draw cartoon backgrounds, such as living rooms and outdoor scenes, and put your characters in them
  13. How to bring your cartoon compositions to life using one point and two point perspective
  14. How to draw newspaper comic strips (such as Doonesbury or Garfield), and draw humorous one panel “spot” and “gag” cartoons
  15. How to get your cartoons published, and maybe even make some $$s doing cartooning
  16. … and more.  

Whether you’re interested in gag cartoons, greeting cards, humorous illustration, drawing comic books or newspaper strips, or taking a cartooning class just for fun, you’ll have fun and learn a lot. It’s fun and easy; anyone can learn. .  Nils Osmar, instructor.

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You’ll learn how to draw cartoon faces and figures; how to draw human and animal characters; and more. It’s fun and easy; anyone can learn. Plus, you’ll learn some possible ways to get your artwork published and make money from your cartooning.  Whether you’re interested in gag cartoons, greeting cards, humorous illustration, drawing comic books or newspaper strips, or taking class class just for fun, you’ll have fun and learn a lot. Both sections are taught by a professional cartoonist with years of experience.  Total beginners are welcome.  

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORNils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s, and has taught both accredited and non-accredited classes in Seattle for over twenty years, through the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College, Antioch University’s Heritage Institute, Shoreline Community College, the Wonder School, and Classesandworkshops.com. He has worked as a fine and commercial artist, and done book and magazine illustration, design, book covers and interiors. His artwork has been internationally published.

Student comments

I appreciated how you covered all of the basics, and took the time to answer student questions. – Michelle G., Seattle

The class was excellent. I learned exactly what I was hoping to. I’ll be taking more of the instructor’s art classes in the future. – Chris K., Redmond

Before the class I was drawing one figure over and over again, and didn’t know how to move her around. I feel great now, I can draw all kinds of characters and expressions. – Melanie T., Seattle

Nils is thoughtful, paces the class well, and treats everyone with respect. There were twelve adults and three youngsters in the class. He took all of the students seriously, listened to all of their questions with the same respect – K.L., Bellevue

Nils is an amazing artist, and I would say, an excellent teacher. I learned exactly what I was hoping for, and have been drawing steadily since the class. I’ll be back for more. – J.W., Bellevue

The demonstration on coloring cartoons in Photoshop was great! – Keith L, Seattle

The teacher was knowledgable and did a good job… (unsigned)

Thanks Nils! It was excellent. – Ken S.

Before the class I was drawing one figure over and over again, and didn’t know how to move her around. I feel great now, I can draw all kinds of characters and expressions. – Melanie T., Seattle

Frequently asked questions

Is this a class for beginners?
Yes. You don’t have to have any previous drawing or cartooning experience to do well in it. (People of different levels do take the class, and everyone is welcome. I’ve had professional cartoonists show up some quarters, looking for tips or help with particular issues. It’s always fun to have a mix of different levels. But most students are beginners, and the information is presented in a step by step way so that everyone can keep up.)

Is the class aimed at kids or adults?
It’s a serious drawing class, and almost all students are 18 or older. Under some circumstances, kids can attend, if accompanied by an adult. The usual age range is from college age all the way up to post-retirement, with one or two younger kids. But it’s not a “kiddie class,” it’s a serious art class.