Drawing Comics: Storytelling with Words and Pictures

Christine Nishiyama, Artist 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

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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.

154 of 155 students recommendSee All

Very thorough, goes into details AND materials. She makes patience look normal. Love her style!
Simple and easy-to-follow guide for beginners. Touches on thumbnailing, dialogue, timing, balloon shapes, etc., as well as the process of getting to a refined piece.
Excellent, simple , clear directions on the process of creating a comic from concept to completion. Can't wait to watch Christine's next classes.





Christine Nishiyama

Artist at Might Could Studios

Hallo! I'm Christine Nishiyama, artist + founder of Might Could Studios.

I make books and comics, and I draw a whoooole lot. I've taught over 45,000 aspiring and established artists, helping them explore their art, gain more confidence, and discover their unique artistic styles.

I've been drawing for over 20 years and have been drawing as my full-time career for over 6 years. My core belief is that art is good and we should all make more of it. Might Could is here to uplift...

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