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Keep inspired, keep the light burning!

SAW 6 month or year-long program Alumni! Let's share this space to keep in touch, show up, show work, show our processes and our wins and scars. 

Let's create new events and projects!

Let's be in each other's corners!

Let's help each other see in the darkness!


KEEP. GOING.

Welcome to our Alumni Circle.

In all the years SAW has been around, we've coached hundreds of cartoonists through their earliest work.

We're here to help you through the later struggles too. 

We can be a community. We can help each other keep going. 

And SAW's instructors can provide wisdom, guidance and focus.

The Private Group

Most of the interaction happens in the private ALUMNI area of the Mighty Network. I post there several times a week, as does Emma and other alum.

But there's also gob and gobs of other inspiration.

Free Access to these Four Jumpstart Courses

“Permission to daydream for a minute or two every day, energizing that storytelling, daydreaming, creative brain. Each day for 30 days, I'll send a short new creative narrative prompt straight to your inbox. You can draw them on paper or visualize them in your mind. Either way, they'll get you energized for the day. ”

“ Your inner critic is killing you. Exercises and mindset changes to help you tame it to become an ally in your creativity.”

“Get your work seen, and make it better as you go. This little course will shower you with love and ideas, and we will do it as you do it... Getting good is about producing producing producing and getting better as you go. In public. Damn the torpedoes and damn the naysayers and give yourself a garden to grow. Don't plan. Invent. Don't script, initiate. Don't wait. No dawdling, and no fear - who is it serving? Only those that want to keep you down. In this course, we will rise.”

“Making our work deeper means asking the right questions... Let's go deep. In this short 18 video course, we'll look at more than 50 examples of beautiful and holy graphic works that have answered the questions that holy books have asked throughout time. Namely --> Who are the People? What is revered? Who are the others? What is reviled? and 14 more...”

What is Included

  • 18 Videos

  • 16 Texts

  • 67 PDFs

  • 1 Audio

  • 1 Download

  • 2 Presentations

  • 50 Hours

You also get access to our

Monthly Pro Calls!

Each month a professional cartoonist joins us, showing their work, discussing their career and art, and taking questions from the exclusive SAW community. You're invited! All you have to do is be a part of one of our exclusive groups.

OMG Remember, these come FREE

For your monthly sub, we welcome you to the studio...

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Look, part of why we want you here is we hope you'll give back, pay it forward, etc.

SAW is a vibrant place that helps gobs and gobs of people and runs on a shoestring. The more you agree to chip in a tiny amount a month, the more we can keep our doors open for years to come, for new people like yourself but also Gen Z2 and Gen Z3 and all the future Gens.

So, your couple of bucks helps people now, and people in the future.

Plus you can keep us accountable.

What have YOU all said about being here?

Testimonials!

So why not come stay a while..?

Vault of Amazing Extras

    1. Welcome, and come Join us in the SAW Alumni Circle MN Group

    1. 30 Day Prompt Bouquet!

    2. Get Seen Get Good

    3. Let's Make a Holy Book!

    4. Inner Critic Recovery Program!

    5. Plus: How to Say Everything Download!

    6. Plus: Monthly Pro Calls and Past Call Archive!

    7. Plus: Access to the full SAW READING DROPBOX FOLDER

    8. Plus! Storytelling Flow Full PDF

    9. Plus! Tom Hart's The SAW Guide to Drawing Professional Comic Strips

    10. 5 Exercises to Stay Unstuck - PDF

    1. Silent Storytelling Introduction

    2. Some Silent Stories

    3. Some Silent Stories - PDF

    4. A Walk Through Comix 2000 - VIDEOS

    1. Voice Introduction

    2. Narrative Voices Video 1 of 3

    3. Narrative Voice Video 2 of 3

    4. Narrative Voices Video 3 of 3

    5. Narrative Voices Exercise PDF Format

    1. Introduction to Drawing Bodies and Heads

    2. Drawing the Figure - Famous Artists Cartoon Course

    3. Drawing the Head - Famous Artists Cartoon Course

    4. Cartooning the Head in Detail - Famous Artists Cartoon Course

    5. Cartooning the Figure in Detail - Famous Artists Cartoon Course

    6. Drawing Children, Adults and Teens

    7. Emotions PDF

    8. Random Bodies and Stuff

    9. Designing Characters

    10. Some Hayao Miyazaki links

    11. Some Hayao Miyazaki links

    1. Introduction to Show and Tell

    2. Scott McCloud - Chapter 6 Show and Tell

    3. 01 - Why Comics?

    4. 01 - Why Comics? - My Story

    5. 04 - Finding a Visual Style

    6. 04 - Finding a Visual Style - My Story

    7. 05 - Getting Started

    8. 07 - Visual Language

    9. Comics Kuleshov

    10. Copy of David Mamet On Directing Film Excerpt

About this course

  • $22.99 / month with 7 day free trial
  • 97 lessons
  • 3 hours of video content

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

STAY INSPIRED

Tom Hart is a cartoonist has been the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a school and arts organization in Gainesville, Florida since 2012.

His 2016 memoir, Rosalie Lightning, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was featured on many Best-Of-2016 lists.

His Hutch Owen series of graphic novels and books, were nominated for all the major industry awards. His The Collected Hutch Owenwas nominated for best graphic novel in 2000. He was an early recipient of a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists, and has been on many best-of lists in the Comics Journal and other comix publications. He has been called “One of the great underrated cartoonists of our time” by Eddie Campbell and “One of my favorite cartoonists of the decade” by Scott McCloud. His daily Hutch Owen comic strip ran for 2 years in newspapers in New York and Boston, and his “Ali’s House”, co-created with Margo Dabaie was picked up by King Features Syndicate.

He was a core instructor at New York City’s School of Visual Arts for 10 years, teaching cartooning to undergraduates, working adults and teens alike. Among his students were Dash Shaw, Sarah Glidden Box Brown and other published cartoonists like Leslie Stein, Jessica Fink,Josh Bayer, Brendan Leachand many others. He has taught comix and sequential art at schools and institutions all around New York City for more than 10 years, and has conducted week-long workshops from Maine to Hawaii. He also teaches sequential art in the School of Art and Art History at UF.

His website is http://www.tomhart.net

Tom Hart

Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Emma Jensen is an Australian artist and editor based in Gainesville, Florida. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Masters in Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing, including a major creative work in graphic form titled, ‘What We Don’t Speak Of’. Since graduating she has worked as a comics educator for various Australian organisations including the State Library of Victoria, Yarra Youth Services and Express Media. During that time she also worked as an editor for independent and educational publishers, and as art editor for youth magazine, Voiceworks. She has been publishing and exhibiting comics regularly since 2015, with her work most recently included in kus #37 ‘Down Down Under’ and Ink Brick No 10. She joins SAW as an instructor after coming to Gainesville to attend the year-long intensive program in 2018-19. You can read collections of her past work at issuu.com/emma.jensen.

Emma Jensen

Instructor