Sequential Composition and Layout

for Comic Books, Manga, and the Entertainment Industry

Sequential Composition and Layout for Comic Books, Manga and the

Entertainment Industry   Zak Hennessey


** PLEASE NOTE: We understand that many people take vacations during the summer, so we are scheduling a make-up session on July 30th for anyone who misses one or more of the four sessions of this class. We are also recording the sessions, so students will have access to videos of the lessons at no extra charge.


This class is designed to help you learn the common techniques used by professional sequential artists when they approach a new sequential story, comic book or manga script, movie script, or other work that relies on the artist being able to clearly depict a story in pictures, action, and sequential art, whether it be their own creation or that of a client or employer. These techniques will help students create a portfolio aimed at finding work in this area, or help creative artists better design their own pages, storyboards, book covers and more.


Topics covered will be overall composition, page and panel layout, eyeflow, contrasts, translating a script page into a comic/manga page, common terms and their definitions, and the most important things art directors and editors look for when hiring. The more of these skills an applicant has, the better their chance of finding a career in this field.


This course consists of four sessions of four hours each, and fits nicely with our comic book and manga programs, as well as storyboarding and other illustration classes.


Instructor Zak Hennessey has been creating comics all his life. It became a serious interest in elementary school, and grew from there. Since then, he has created many comic books, both for his own intellectual properties, and for clients. He attended the Art Academy of Los Angeles and the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, and has spent tens of thousands of hours working on his craft.


This course will have a maximum of 10 students, so reserve your spot today!


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Heroic Life Drawing  Uninstructed

Heroic Figure Drawing sessions are uninstructed life drawing sessions where our models dress up in genre costumes appropriate for comic books, movies, video games, etc. They stand in "heroic" poses appropriate for those fields, providing useful reference for our students and other attendees. Typically they hold props and weapons. We try to provide a life drawing experience that is unique and more appropriate for our students needs than a typical fine art life drawing session.


Our goal is to host two Heroic Figure Drawing classes per month. We will be adding a calendar to this page at the bottom. Our next two session is Saturday, February 21st from 2-5pm.


Costs are as follows:  Current Academy Students: $8   General Public: $10    Military Veterans: Free (with tip)

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