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.

117 of 118 students recommendSee All

Terrific coverage of a lot of basics.
This is a useful guide to the art of making comics (despite minor audio problems). I recommend this course for anyone interested in comics.
Well, this hear class I reckon it helped me to get my cluttered, cluster of thoughts down on paper and I reckon it helped me out for the better I reckon. If you don't take this class then "WOT IN TARNATION" are you doing in life anyways?





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!