Justine’s Journey to SAW

Justine's Thoughts

You can see more of this post at Justine’s website, here. THREE: The Art Of “What The Lions Saw”: Justine lands in Gainesville Mike Lenz, a Blues musician and formidable guitarist from Akron dumped some truth on a mother who wanted advice for her son. She asked him, “What advice do you have for a young guitar player and musician?” Mike said, “Work hard, learn all he can, sacrifice,…

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Our teachers are my teachers

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The Teachers who Teach Me I’ve been lucky since building my own school because I get to hire teachers WHO TEACH ME.It’s fabulous! What Jim Higgins, Justine Andersen & Aliza Einhorn have given me is what I want to share with you. JIM HIGGINS Jim was an editor at Vertigo when I was just finding my way through the comics industry a little bit. I remember he called, and said he’d like to try some new things there,…

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SAW Online Fall Semester || Starts Sept 5

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SAW’s FALL 2017 SEMESTER  All classes start after Labor Day, free trials enrolling now! Inking Master Class One: Learn It Get in there and learn how to get over the fear of the brush and start inking like a pro! Through easy to follow visual-rich lectures, demos and work-at-home projects that have been successfully proven for years in classrooms, you will not only learn to see that what these…

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Sitting on a treasure trove of research and true stories? Jess Ruliffson’s Non-Fiction Comics Course

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Are you sitting on a treasure trove of research? http://sequentialartistsworkshop.thinkific.com/courses/non-fiction-comics Do you have too many good true stories or interviews? Wondering how to start turning these sources into the rich combination of words and pictures of comics? In this course I will personally walk you through moving from rich research material to rich graphic storytelling. We’ll survey examples and examine what works well and what doesn’t in comics, and I’ll show you…

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Justine’s Advice

I always say Justine is my favorite teacher. Here’s a post that shows why, from today in her Depth and Details group. STUDENT: It’s hard to be: 1. Honest about where you are 2. Hopeful about where you want to go 3. Kind enough to yourself to gently nudge yourself closer to number 2, while challenging yourself enough to grow. Oh, and keeping a solid practice. This was a…

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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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Struggling with the Details in your Drawings?

Depth and Details

If you’re like me, you struggle with details and clarity in your drawings. When I met Justine Andersen in 2012, suddenly I had a mentor to help me. She is a brilliant artist and a generous teacher and I immediately hired her at my school to cover ground I couldn’t: the masterful control of space and technique in a drawing. Justine says: Have you ever wondered how to get more…

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Upcoming classes and Workshops!

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Upcoming Classes and Workshops! Get Your Worry On! We’re super excited to announce our spring workshop visiting artist will be Laura Park! Feb 27- Mar 3, 2017 Critic Rob Clough says, “Park is unquestionably one of the most skilled cartoonists around. She’s best known for illustrating other people’s projects for a living, but her own autobio comics are at once funny, heart-breaking and sharply observed. Her self-caricature is one…

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