Drawing Comics: Storytelling with Words and Pictures

Christine Nishiyama, Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

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16 Videos (41m)
    • Class Trailer

    • Project Assignment: Draw a 1-Page Comic

    • What's a Sequential Story?

    • Gathering Our Materials

    • Writing Techniques

    • Writing the Outline

    • Combining Words and Pictures

    • Thumbnailing with Words

    • Panel Transitions

    • Thumbnailing with Sketches

    • TIming

    • Drawing the Panels

    • Framing

    • Drawing the Story

    • Inking and Lettering

    • Wrapping Up


About This Class

Learn how illustrator Christine Fleming uses words and pictures together to tell a sequential story. Whether you’re interested in comics, graphic novels, or newspaper comic strips, they all begin as a sequential story and hinge on the balance of words and images.

This 45-minute class will introduce the basics of sequential storytelling including plot structure, panel transitions, timing, and framing. Along the way Christine will point out her favorite tips and techniques, that are vital to understanding how to draw a sequential story.


The project assignment for this class is to draw a one-page comic inspired by a childhood memory. In the videos, Christine will take you through her entire process as she makes her own 1-page comic.

She’ll cover all the steps from writing, planning, thumbnailing, sketching, drawing, and inking.

By the end of the class, you’ll have your own one page comic and the basic skills you need to jump into making your own comics and graphic novels! No prior knowledge of writing, drawing, comics, or software is required.

94 of 95 students recommendSee All

very insightful and instructive and nicely done
Christine explains every step clearly giving you the tools that you need to be as create as possible. She covers in a simple manner both ideas generations (words) and panel generation (pictures) without overcomplicating either. If you're new to making comics I would watch this class for sure :)
Sometimes trying to attempt a whole big book or project is daunting, so to have a smaller achievable goal is a way into the bigger picture which this does. It also make you think about the 'smaller' events in life that contribute to story. Thank you.





Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Christine Fleming is an illustrator and writer working out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is now working as an author/illustrator creating picture books, graphic novels, and editorial work.

Christine is represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where she was awarded the honor of SCBWI Illustrator of the Month after attending the SCBWI National Conference in New York.

Check out Christine's 12+ other classes to further explore her illustration process!

To follow her work you can view her portfolio at www.mightcouldstudios.com, and around the internet: Twitter  /  Instagram  /  Pinterest  /  Facebook

And get a FREE comic making guide here!

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