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

At A Glance

When: For 4 weeks starting Tuesday January 24, 2023 at 1pm to 3pm Eastern

Where: Online via Zoom

Level: Beginner

Cost: $229

Materials: Whatever materials you have at hand

In Detail

Week 1 Character: Character consistency tricks including proportion, facial expressions, and identifiers - Tuesday January 24, 2023 1-3pm Eastern 

Week 2 Place: Creating depth with background, mid-ground and foreground  - Tuesday January 31, 2023 1-3pm Eastern

Week 3 Space: Perspective hacks for the cartoonist in a hurry - Tuesday February 7, 2023 1-3pm Eastern

Week 4 Story: How to tell a story with less drawing and working with symbolic images - Tuesday February 14, 2023 1-3pm Eastern

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. 




Bootleggers Guide to Drawing Comics

Do you know NOTHING about perspective? Does drawing facial expressions make you cringe? Which side does that thumb belong on anyhow?

For the beginning novice to the somewhat intermediate cartoonist looking to clarify their drawing, this course is for you. In four short sessions, we'll dive into drawing challenges and workable solutions, finding that PERFECT drawing isn't necessary for BEAUTIFUL drawing... and even wonky and terrible drawing DOES make good comics. Through instructor-led exercises, each student will learn actionable tips to make their drawing really sing. Let's leverage our weaknesses into greatness on the comics page in this month long, weekly course. Drawing course materials are whatever you have at hand and a reliable internet connection. 



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About the Instructor

Jess Ruliffson is and award-winning cartoonist currently interviewing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars for a full-length graphic novel. She’s given lectures and workshops at The Drawing Center, The Center for Cartoon Studies, and The Sequential Artist Workshop. She recently completed artwork for The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan by Bryan Doerries, available April 2016 from Pantheon Books. Other clients include The Boston Globe, Wilson Quarterly, Oxford American, E-Line Industries, Columbia University School of Journalism, Medium.com, PEN America, The NYC Police Foundation, Symbolia Magazine, The Cartoon Picayune, and So What? Press.

Jess Ruliffson

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