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Drawing from the Imagination 1W23

Age Group: 
Teens (17+), Adults

Learn how illustrators and concept artists create dynamic and imaginative drawings using inspiration boards, reference images and lots of imagination. See how the best in the business develop character and costume design, animal, creature, and monster drawings, vehicles and robots, interiors and landscapes. Put it all together with art that is out of this world. Some prior life- and figure-drawing experience recommended. 

Limit 8 students 

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Jerel Dye

Jerel Dye has illustrated two graphic novels; Pigs Might Fly in 2017, and Einstein in 2022, listed as one of the top 10 graphic novels of the year by ALA Booklist. He has been creating art and comics since 2005, producing dozens of self-published mini comics and creating comics stories for anthologies such as Inbound, Minimum Paige, Hellbound, and the award winning Little Nemo/Winsor McCay tribute Dream Another Dream. In 2012, he received the MICE comics grant for his mini-comic From the Clouds.

Much of his art stems from a deep interest in science and technology, though it frequently contains a healthy dose of wonder. Jerel Dye received his BFA from UMass Dartmouth in Painting, and his MFA at MassArt in the Studio for Interrelated Media. Jerel has been teaching courses in comics, drawing, and cartooning for over 12 years.

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

Sketch book 9" x 12" or larger



Laptop or Tablet (cell phones may be used, but larger screens are recommended)


Additional materials will be discussed in class and may include:



colored pencils

watercolor paint (field kit cakes only)


bristol paper