Browse here through our growing library of free resources.
Some of these are from SAW Faculty. Others are borrowed from the Wild West of the Internet (always with credit where we can.)
Inside you'll find PDFs and videos about
- Generating Ideas
- Drawing Help!
- Storytelling and Narrative Techniques
Take a look!
- Comics Language Basics
- Staging Your Characters VIDEO
- Tom's Favorite In-Class Exercise. Building Panel by Panel
- Explode the Rules of the Page!
- Storytelling With The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan Full Curriculum PDF
- How To Read Nancy (C) Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik. This has been blowing minds for years! Be sure to buy their whole book from Fantagraphics
- Comics Kuleshov - About creating meaning by juxtapositions of panels or "shots"
- How to Read a Gag Cartoon, Essay by Tom Hart
- PIXAR IN A BOX Free Course
- Emily Flake's Anyone Can Do It Drawing Cheat Sheet
- Drawing Children, Teens and Adults in Proportion
- Justine on Wally Wood Details
- Inking Practice Worksheets by Justine Mara Andersen
- Emotions and Faces
- Drawing Movement
- Unlearn Anime Expressions (c) 2011 by Tracy Butler
- A Survey of Trees
- Free Drawing for Animation School
- Setting up a Gouache Palette - Jess Ruliffson's Way
Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop
About the Instructor
Tom Hart is a cartoonist has been the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a school and arts organization in Gainesville, Florida since 2012.
His 2016 memoir, Rosalie Lightning, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was featured on many Best-Of-2016 lists.
His Hutch Owen series of graphic novels and books, were nominated for all the major industry awards. His The Collected Hutch Owenwas nominated for best graphic novel in 2000. He was an early recipient of a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists, and has been on many best-of lists in the Comics Journal and other comix publications. He has been called “One of the great underrated cartoonists of our time” by Eddie Campbell and “One of my favorite cartoonists of the decade” by Scott McCloud. His daily Hutch Owen comic strip ran for 2 years in newspapers in New York and Boston, and his “Ali’s House”, co-created with Margo Dabaie was picked up by King Features Syndicate.
He was a core instructor at New York City’s School of Visual Arts for 10 years, teaching cartooning to undergraduates, working adults and teens alike. Among his students were Dash Shaw, Sarah Glidden Box Brown and other published cartoonists like Leslie Stein, Jessica Fink,Josh Bayer, Brendan Leach and many others. He has taught comix and sequential art at schools and institutions all around New York City for more than 10 years, and has conducted week-long workshops from Maine to Hawaii. He also teaches sequential art in the School of Art and Art History at UF.
A couple other recent books:
Let’s Get Furious
The Sequential Artists Workshop Guide to Making Professional Comic Strips
His website is http://www.tomhart.net