Year-Long Program

Come to SAW's intensive, affordable, year-long program in and sharpen your vision in Gainesville, FL.

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Apply here for the 2017-2018 year-long program in comics.

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Work for Clients

Hire SAW to create vivid, smart comics, animated shorts, book illustrations, or create visual learning materials.

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Justine's Thoughts

Commit to your art and define yourself with all your heart. Blog posts by Justine Mara Andersen, our life-changing drawing teacher.

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SAW Year Long Program

Do you want to make comics, but feel overwhelmed by your own dreams? Do you know your work isn’t good enough, but have no…

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Online Classes

Do you want to make comics, want to get better, but don’t even know where to begin? Do you want to make comics, but…

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Projects

We at SAW are happy to help non-profits, public agencies, etc. help get their message across. Contact us if you’d like help with your…

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10 bucks : $10.00 USD – monthly20 bucks : $20.00 USD – monthly50 bucks : $50.00 USD – monthly   Keep inspiring students in…

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Tarot Workshop Saturday, May 20 at 1 PM – 5 PM

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Every Picture Tells a Story – Saturday, May 20 at 1 PM – 5 PM So you want to create a Tarot deck? Don’t know where to start? Or maybe you have some ideas already? I can help! Tarot is my life. I’m a professional Tarot Reader, Astrologer, and writer, and in this second Tarot Workshop at SAW, we will discuss the STRUCTURE of the deck and all the…

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Sandra Gail Lambert Workshops and Comics For Writers Testimonial

Comics For Writers

I was honored that local writer Sandra Gail Lambert took my Comics For Writers course at SAW this past month. May 7 and 21st, Sandra is teaching two workshops in writing personal essays at the downtown library. Check them out! Read about them in detail here: http://sandragaillambert.com/news-and-events/ And her testimonial of my class is here: http://sandragaillambert.com/comics-and-visual-storytelling-for-writers/ Thank you Sandra! -TH

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Summer Teen Comics Camp Scheduled June 19-30

Teen Class

2017: SAW is running a two-week intensive class from June 19-June 30 that will run Monday-Friday from 10 am – 4 pm each weekday. Week 1, June 19-23 will focus on exercises and skill building and short-term projects. Will work on all the skills of comic book creation, including character design, figure drawing, story writing and tool technique. Week 2 June 26-30 will focus on one long story per student that we will then gather…

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Laura Park Workshop article on WUFT

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From WUFT, at this link Laura Park gives students at SAW advice on how to improve their art. Their activities focused on the importance of observation of the world and memories they can use in their comics. (Abby Stafford/WUFT News) Cartoon Workshop Brings Chicago Artist To Gainesville By Abby Stafford March 17, 2017 Arts and Entertainment 4 Laura Park, an accomplished cartoonist who has worked with author James Patterson,…

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Online Testimonials 1

Our first round of testimonials, for Tom Hart’s Storytelling Flow From Storytelling Flow: “I’m really pleased with how quickly a (somewhat) cogent plot has developed from minimal voluntary invention on my part. …Another thing that is interesting about this is that it’s started me sketching again, which I honestly have not done to any great degree in probably five or six years.” – Theodore Malian   “It’s a lot more…

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My favorite teacher, Justine

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Meet Justine, my favorite teacher. Justine came to SAW in 2012 and showed me her jaw-dropping portfolio and books. I’m a pretty lousy artist myself, but I know masterful work when I see it.I hired her to teach drawing at our school and we’ve been colleagues ever since. And she’s taught me so much. She helped me with my memoir, Rosalie Lightning, and just this week, helped me to…

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Details Lecture Got Me Thinking…

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Details, free lecture 1 Topic: DRAWING DEPTH AND DETAILS ONLINE COURSE with Justine Mara Andersen The last time I taught my class on depth and details, I carefully explained how a different artists arrange and organize their details. That is the topic we will be exploring at length in the upcoming on-line class in March. It’s a class I have taught for years now, and a student favorite, but every…

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The Wonderful World Of Wood’s Details

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Topic: DRAWING DEPTH AND DETAILS ONLINE COURSE with Justine Mara Andersen In my upcoming on-line class about depth and details I will not be talking about the above image… though I should be. The truth is, I should have been including this image every year… but I haven’t. So, here it is now, a spectacular Wally Wood splash page. It’s not only chock-full of great details, it’s not only brilliantly…

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Behind the Scenes Online Courses

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Stop Dreaming and Start Making Comics! We are really excited to be expanding our online course options.  Tom Hart’s online course has been running for two weeks now to great success. Our cohort has been exploring Tom’s methods of generating and committing to ideas. We’re busy building more and more online courses here! Justine’s DEPTH and DETAILS class launches soon here: http://sequentialartistsworkshop.thinkific.com/courses/depth-and-details-how-to-create-more-depth-and-details-without-losing-clarity/ and Jess Ruliffson will be launching a…

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