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

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

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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

How can you make your work better? How do you become an artist?  The SAW Single-Year Program Whether your interest is personal stories, graphic…

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We are updating our online courses every day! Please click here for our online offerings. In our classes we’ll take you from inspiration and…

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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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One time donation to help us keep comics accessible to all: (click above to donate)  Or offer a sustaining donation to the cartoonists of…

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Tom Hart’s afterward for the Gillis book

I happily wrote this about the Gillis ArtShow/Book: A round-headed man puts a pistol to his temple. With his other hand, he holds a finger to his ear to dampen the blast. He grimaces. What Gillis (Gil Murray) has shown us in this simple cartoon is what many of our greatest comedians show us: that in the face of life’s biggest miseries, our little efforts mean nothing. And here,…

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Visting Artist: Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels

Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, who’s lovely Meteorologie show (painting above) was just up at FLA Gallery here in Gainesville stopped by on her way out of town to do some Riso printing. I am always glad to offer the studio space to creative, adventurous artists (See Erin Curry’s amazing abstract comic, for instance. What Serra did is create little gems of geometric prints in flat gold on card and…

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Oblique Comix Strategies

Oblique Comix Strategies time to revisit these  A large block of text Summarize the most important part Narrated by a third party who we see Why so little suspense? Foreigners, their language(s) Blank spaces, blank panels Duplicate panels Give character what she wants but make her work for it Work as someone who doesn’t love (      ). Description, description, description. But it falls away under too much scrutiny. Announce…

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Brendan Burford stops by SAW

Banjo enthusiast, record collector, cartoonist and King Features Editor, Brendan Burford stopped by SAW to speak to the students about the comics industry, history, business, aesthetics and craft. Brendan’s got a lot of opinions and a lot of good advice. The discussion varied from topics of genre and originality, fundamentals and tradition, communicating via mass-printing and all sorts of  variations on craft and the methods of becoming an artist….

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Tom Hart interviewed at The Comics Reporter

Tom Spurgeon interviewed me in Decemeber for his end of the year series of interviews. http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/cr_holiday_interview_7_tom_hart/ Here’s a sample: SPURGEON: “You mentioned earlier your own development as a cartoonist, and then kind of referenced that just now. I wonder if you could talk about where you think you are. I always think of you as a cartoonist that’s worked out of a specific set of values for your work, not…

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Erin Curry Abstract Comic 2012

Sculptor and silkworm-wrangler Erin Curry created this abstract comic at The Sequential Artists Workshop Unnamed comic book made within 24 working hours on translucent mylar with ink, graphite, whiteout tape, tape, and bubbles 14″ x 11″ 2012 To have created a place that could have assisted or inspired the piece in any way fills me with joy. Read more about it here: sculptress-studio.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-comic-made-with-bubbles-intro.html Erin Curry Abstract Comic 2012 from Sequential…

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Justine’s online tutoring overlays

We thought we’d take this opportunity to show more of what you get when you sign up with SAW’s online tutoring and work with Justine on your artwork. Elvis, whose work can be seen at their great blog http://elvis007.wordpress.com/ came and studied with us in October and then signed on to work with Justine (whose own work can be see at http://www.barefootjustine.com ) to shore up their drawing, compositional and finishing skills….

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