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Drawing for Comics & Cartoons 1S23

Age Group: 
Teens (17+), Adults

Hone your drawing skills and advance your personal style. With tools and tricks used by cartoonists and illustrators, create memorable characters: humorous, heroic and anything in between. Set a scene, create drama and deliver a punchline in a single image or sequentially. Get the most out of your pencil sketches, then finish them off with ink and markers. This course is designed for beginners or those with some drawing experience.

All experience-levels welcome.  Open to teens (17+) and adults.  Limit 8 students

I wanted to learn more about cartooning from a professional, both for hobby reasons, but also to apply the knowledge to my career (I'm a filmmaker who was interested in applying these skills to storyboarding).  I enjoyed pretty much everything about this class.  Jerel's instruction and suggestions were incredibly helpful, and I improved dramatically over the course of the month and a half.  He was great at communicating ideas and helping me when I was having trouble with a concept.  I also liked getting to talk to classmates about their work.  I only wish the class was longer (as in, there were a few more weeks). I would have absolutely kept going!


I registered because I wanted to keep learning about drawing and get into cartooning.  This class offered students a lot of work time and it was a nice community. I learned a lot!


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Jerel Dye

Jerel Dye makes drawings, illustrations, books, video and new media performance. His art has appeared in children’s books, comics, animation and exhibitions throughout New England. He is developing his first graphic novel.

Jerel works as Media Arts Manager for Grassroots International and as a freelance illustrator. He earned his BFA at UMass Dartmouth and his MFA at Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

Drawing, Comics, Cartoon, Graphic Narrative
Materials to bring to class:

Sketchbook 9” x 12” or larger




Bristol pad 9” x 12” or larger


The following materials will be discussed during class:

Black ink

Sable hair brushes

Dip pens

Technical pens