CLASS PAGE: CARTOONING 101

Looking for a fun introductory class in cartooning? In this class, aimed at 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.

Topics covered in this Seattle cartooning class include:

  1. How to draw cartoon heads and faces from several different angles, rotating the head (and body) while keeping a good resemblance to the character you’re drawing
  2. How to draw facial expressions and emotions
  3. How to draw cartoon figures, clothing, hands, and feet
  4. How to draw human and animal characters
  5. How to draw in pencil, then finish your cartoons in ink
  6. How to draw cartoon backgrounds, such as living rooms and outdoor scenes, then put your characters in them
  7. How to draw newspaper comic strips (such as Doonesbury, The Far Side or Garfield)
  8. How to draw humorous one panel “spot” and “gag” cartoons
  9. How to get your cartoons published, and how perhaps make some money doing cartooning
  10. … 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.

© Nils Osmar 2018, all rights reserved.

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Class #17493 - Cartooning 101 - meets Sat. 10/13 at 10 a.m.
Tuition: $125 + $10 registration fee
One-day workshop: Sat. 10/13, 10 am-4 pm
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Maximum enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 12

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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 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.