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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

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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.

142 of 143 students recommendSee All

I'm only 5min into your videos and they're amazing, very knowledgable, thank you and thanks for the templates as well, great course!
Wonderfull class! I am only halfway watching and my figers are itching to get started
Really thoughtful planning and full of good tips along each step of the process.
Kristin Johnson

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Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer 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 40,000 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 5 years. My core belief is that art is good and we should all make more of it. Might Could is here to uplift and ...

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