CARTOONING INTENSIVE: HOW TO DRAW CARTOON CHARACTERS, COMIC STRIPS, GREETING CARDS, COMIC BOOKS AND MORE

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CLASS 166370-10-27: CARTOONING 101 -
Saturday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 1-Feb. 22
This class has free art materials. Nothing to bring or buy.
4 meetings. Tuition: $199 + $10 reg. fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 2

"In this class, aimed at total beginners but open to all levels, you’ll learn how to create your own characters and show them in action, even if you’ve never drawn before..."


Looking for a fun introductory CARTOONING CLASS in Seattle? Topics covered in this intensive four week course include:

  • How to draw cartoon faces and figures from several different angles  — while keeping a good resemblance to the character you’re drawing
  • How to draw facial expressions and emotions
  • How to draw human and animal characters
  • How to draw in pencil, then finish your cartoons in ink
  • How to draw cartoon backgrounds, such as living rooms and outdoor scenes, then put your characters in them
  • How to draw newspaper comic strips (such as Doonesbury, The Far Side or Garfield)
  • How to draw humorous one panel “spot” and “gag” cartoons
  • How to lay out comic book pages
  • How to get your cartoons published, and how perhaps make some money doing cartooning

… 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, this class will get you off to a good start. Nils Osmar, instructor.


In this class, aimed at total beginners but open to all levels, you’ll learn how to create your own characters and show them in action, even if you’ve never drawn before.

We’ll draw simplified, humorous cartoon characters; superhero characters; animal characters; and more, using a step by step method.

No experience necessary. Everyone can learn. See also: “Drawing Comic Books“. All artwork on this page is copyright © Nils Osmar, 2018.

This class has free art materials.  The instructor will bring hard-surface drawing paper (suitable for cartooning), tracing paper (for inking practice), a pencil, and a brush-tipped pen for students to use in class. The materials are yours to keep after the class ends. 


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UPCOMING CLASSES: OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER, JANUARY


STARTING IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

  • ALL NOV/DEC. CLASSES ARE OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT! 
  • Most classes meet on the University of Washington campus.

STARTS ON 11/9: IMPRESSIONIST PAINTING


STARTS ON 11/9: ACCENTS FOR ACTORS


STARTS ON 11/9: VOICEOVER 101


STARTS ON 11/10: VOICEOVER 102


STARTS ON 11/10: SINGING FOR BEGINNERS


STARTS ON 11/10: CHORAL SINGING FOR BEGINNERS


STARTS ON 11/13: ACTING 102


MEETS ON 11/14: FIGURE DRAWING


MEETS ON 11/21: PERSPECTIVE DRAWING


STARTS ON 11/23: AUDITIONING WORKSHOP


STARTS ON 11/23: FILMMAKING 101


STARTS ON 11/24: ACTING 101


STARTS ON 11/24: ACTING 102


STARTS ON 11/24: ACTING 103


STARTS ON 11/24: ACTING 104


STARTS ON 11/30: DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS


STARTS ON 12/2: WRITING SCIENCE FICTION


STARTS ON 12/14: VOICEOVER 102


STARTS ON 12/14: VOICEOVER 103

 

 

 

 


MORE ABOUT THIS CLASS:

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. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: 

Nils 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 knowledgeable 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.