Class 2070: Cartooning for Beginners!

Class 2070: Cartooning for Beginners!

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle. 
  • When: Sundays, July 13-July 27, 10 a.m.-12 noon (three meetings)
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)

Sec. 1: General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
Sec. 1: Current U.W. students: $95 tuition  Take Class

logo1Course description:  Looking for a fun, step-by-step Seattle Cartooning class? In this enjoyable class, aimed at beginners but open to all levels, you’ll learn how to create your own cartoon characters and show them in action, even if you’ve never drawn before. You’ll learn how to draw cartoon faces and figures; how to draw human and animal characters; and more. It’s fun and easy; anyone can learn. Plus, you’ll learn some possible ways to get your artwork published and make money from your cartooning.  Whether you’re interested in gag cartoons, greeting cards, humorous illustration, drawing comic books or newspaper strips, or taking class class just for fun, you’ll have fun and learn a lot. Both sections are taught by a professional cartoonist with years of experience.  Total beginners are welcome.  


In CARTOONING FOR BEGINNERS, students will learn:

  • how cartoons are made, step by step
  • how to begin your cartoons in pencil and finish them in ink to give them a polished professional appearance
  • how to draw simplified, humorous heads and faces, and show them from different angles
  • how to draw a range of emotions and facial expressions
  • how to draw create your own characters, and show them in action
  • how to create “gag” cartoons and multi-panel comic strips
  • and more

About the materials:

You’ll be sent a list of materials to buy when you sign up. If you already have the materials, it’s fine to bring your own.  Otherwise, you can buy an inexpensive cartooning class kit from the University Bookstore, located a few blocks from where the class is held. The kit contains brush pens, a brush for inking, a nib pen, india ink, an eraser, and a type of paper that works great for cartooning.  (The kit costs $22, and most of the materials in it will last you for weeks or months of cartooning.)  


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORNils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s, and has taught both accredited and non-accredited classes in Seattle for over twenty years, through the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College, Antioch University’s Heritage Institute, Shoreline Community College, the Wonder School, and Classesandworkshops.com. He has worked as a fine and commercial artist, and done book and magazine illustration, design, book covers and interiors. His artwork has been internationally published.

Student comments

I appreciated how you covered all of the basics, and took the time to answer student questions. – Michelle G., Seattle

The class was excellent. I learned exactly what I was hoping to. I’ll be taking more of the instructor’s art classes in the future. – Chris K., Redmond

Before the class I was drawing one figure over and over again, and didn’t know how to move her around. I feel great now, I can draw all kinds of characters and expressions. – Melanie T., Seattle

Nils is thoughtful, paces the class well, and treats everyone with respect. There were twelve adults and three youngsters in the class. He took all of the students seriously, listened to all of their questions with the same respect – K.L., Bellevue

Nils is an amazing artist, and I would say, an excellent teacher. I learned exactly what I was hoping for, and have been drawing steadily since the class. I’ll be back for more. – J.W., Bellevue

The demonstration on coloring cartoons in Photoshop was great! – Keith L, Seattle

The teacher was knowledgable and did a good job… (unsigned)

Thanks Nils! It was excellent. – Ken S.

Before the class I was drawing one figure over and over again, and didn’t know how to move her around. I feel great now, I can draw all kinds of characters and expressions. – Melanie T., Seattle

Frequently asked questions

Is this a class for beginners?
Yes. You don’t have to have any previous drawing or cartooning experience to do well in it. (People of different levels do take the class, and everyone is welcome. I’ve had professional cartoonists show up some quarters, looking for tips or help with particular issues. It’s always fun to have a mix of different levels. But most students are beginners, and the information is presented in a step by step way so that everyone can keep up.)

Is the class aimed at kids or adults?
It’s a serious drawing class, and almost all students are 18 or older. Under some circumstances, kids can attend, if accompanied by an adult. The usual age range is from college age all the way up to post-retirement, with one or two younger kids. But it’s not a “kiddie class,” it’s a serious art class.

Can I take section 2 if I haven’t taken section 1?
No, please take section 1 first.  It has a lot of basic information you’ll need in section 2. It’s fine to sign up for both at the same time.

Can I only take section 1?
Sure, that’s totally fine.