Jess Ruliffson is Here to Introduce the Principles of Using Watercolor for Comics in 4 Live Sessions

At A Glance

When: For 4 weeks starting Wednesday November 8, 2023 1-3PM Eastern

Where: Online via Zoom

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Cost: $259

Materials: Basic watercolor paints and paper

Bootleggers Guide to Watercolor

For the cartoonist interested in analog color mediums, for the artist interested in comics, for recovering color theorists and painting program dropouts - this class is for you! 

If you find watercolor to be lovely yet mysterious, come explore this enchanting water-based medium and learn how to effectively use your burgeoning watercolor skills in the medium of comics. 

Over the course of four weeks, we'll adopt techniques to learn basics and apply this knowledge to the comics page. 

In Detail

Week 1 Wednesday November 8, 2023 - Monochromatic Wet and Dry Techniques

Week 2 Wednesday November 15, 2023 - Backgrounds and How to Paint a Comics Page Fast: Practicing Value Scales with a Preliminary Palette

***Break for Thanksgiving***

Week 3 Wednesday November 29, 2023 - Color Stories: Picking Palettes for Scenes and Character

Week 4 Wednesday December 6, 2023 - Literal vs. Psychological Color: Experimenting with Local and Narrative Color

Calls will include live instruction, discussion and exercises. 

Class videos, audios, chats and transcripts will be saved and archived. This course includes an exclusive community for sharing through the Mighty Network. 

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About the Instructor

Jess Ruliffson is an award-winning cartoonist. Her debut graphic novel, Invisible Wounds, is out now from Fantagraphics. In 2017, her comic I Trained to Fight The Enemy was shortlisted for Slate's Cartoonist Studio Prize. Her comics have appeared in Freeman's Tale of Two Americas, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gainesville Sun, BuzzFeed, The Nib, The Boston Globe, Pantheon Books, Wilson Quarterly, and The Oxford American. She teaches comics and painting at The Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, FL and The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Jess is represented by Duvall Osteen at Aragi, Inc.

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“Jess has a wide variety of resources and comics to illuminate the techniques she was teaching which was very helpful. Her skills and knowledge make her presentation of the material deeply engaging.”

“I am SO glad I took this workshop. The resources are phenomenal. Tom and Jess are so sharp and supportive, I learned a lot from listening to their instruction and their constructive thinking about everyone’s work. The instruction is very responsive to the needs and interests of the group. ”

“SAW classes are a great way to upgrade your skills in a warm and welcoming environment while making connections with lots of other folks who are doing the same. ”