Comic Book Drawing - Part 1 | Grade 9-12

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What You Will Learn

This course teaches the basics of creating comics, with the goal of students producing their own personalized comic books and comic strips. The course is open to beginners and experienced artists alike. Students will learn Comics-related terminology, cartooning techniques, comics theory as a medium, visual storytelling, lettering, and scriptwriting for comics.

Keywords: personalized art, character creation, storytelling, comic books, scripts, lettering, terminology, theory



Design For 

Grade 9 - Grade 12



Course Overview

6 - 10



hours per class

Eastern Time


9:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST 

Pacific Time


6:00 - 8:00 a.m. PST

6 - 12 classes / meet once a week
Part 1:
1/9/2021, 1/16/2021, 1/23/2021,
1/30/2021, 2/6/2021, 2/13/2021
Part 2:
2/20/2021, 2/27/2021, 3/6/2021,
3/13/2021, 3/20/2021, 3/27/2021


This course page is for Part 1 (the first 6 lessons) registration.

If you are interested in Part 2 (the latter 6 lessons), please click here

We highly recommend taking both Part 1 and Part 2 courses for the best learning outcome!




Unit 1. What is a Comic? (Introduction and Terminology)
Unit 2. Character Creation
Unit 3. Characters in Motion
Unit 4. Icons/ Effects/ Emanata
Unit 5. Backgrounds/ Scenery
Unit 6. Panels Part 1 (Panel-to-Panel Transitions)
Unit 7: Panels Part 2 (Panel Shapes and Amounts)
Unit 8. Stories and Scripting Part 1 (Plot Ideas)
Unit 9. Stories and Scripting Part 2 (Scripts)
Unit 10. Drawing From Scripts Part 1 (Pencils)
Unit 11. Drawing From Scripts Part 2 (Pencils and Possible Inks)
Unit 12. Wrap up, Sharing Our Work, Learning About Mini-Comics/ Zines

Course Projects

Project 2: Designing/ drawing a new character and showing them in action (inking if penciling is complete)

Project 7: Penciling a comic strip featuring at least three different panel-to-panel transitions or panel shapes

Project 10: Penciling, a two-page comic. (Inking if penciling is complete)

... 9 more projects


*Prepare your own materials





Jaye Raine

School of Visual Arts, BFA in Cartooning | Illustrator, Writer

Hello, my name is Jaye. I am an illustrator and writer. I have had my art published in two children's books and several comics anthologies. I have also produced many comics, illustrations, and prose stories that have been self-published. I earned a BFA in Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts and a BS in Biology from the City University of New York.

Jaye's Artworks