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Illustration Drawings – From Comic Books to Children’s Books


Use your sense of humor and imagination as you learn the concepts of creative illustration and coloring for comic books or children’s books. Gain skills in drawing, layout and design techniques. Students will have the opportunity to share their work for feedback and connections via critiques to generate conversation and suggestions for improvement in class. This class will be taught step-by-step starting with simple line drawings; moving to more detailed subjects. The final goal of the class will be to create and illustrate a short comic book or a children’s story book, which can then possibly be printed as a small book.

 Please note: All references and drawings will be of non-violent images.


Upon completion of the class, the motivated student will be able to:

  • Learn about the art of illustration
  • Master basic drawings and eventually, more advanced illustration techniques
  • Create a finished, short comic or children’s book


1. Introduction of the teacher - Sharing of the instructor’s artwork

  • Introduction to the overall idea of drawing and illustration and the expected results
  • Time for free drawing and doodling

2. Introduction of tools used in illustrations; pencils, pens and their use in drawings

  • Drawing freely; simple line in different directions, using pencils
  • Initial practice drawing shapes

 3. Making shapes into figures

  • Drawing bodies

4. Drawing faces and expressions

  • Adding hands and feet  

5. Drawing Action

  • Drawing Objects
  • Learning perspectives
  • Drawing backgrounds  

6. Using colors

  • Learning styles
  • Drawing a single comic or children’s character illustration 

7. Drawing and illustrating your book or strip

  • Making your book
  • Learning how to “publish”


None, but a strong desire to create imaginative, whimiscal, non-violent illustrations for comics or children's books

Method of Instruction

  •  Lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice
  •  Creative games and exercises for fun and interaction
  •  Instructor examples of finished products for discussion and critiques


Exam:  No

Class Participation:  Yes

Demonstration of Skills:  Yes

Class Attendance:  Regular class attendance and participation in all activities is expected