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Cartooning for Beginners

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side

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Upper East Side, Manhattan
1395 Lexington Ave
At 92nd St
New York, New York 10128
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Venue: S370,3rd Fl, S Bldg
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14
Teacher: Josh Bayer

What you'll learn in this cartoon class:

This high-quality cartooning and illustration class combines solid visual art fundamental with exercises designed to jump-start your creative process and inspire you to discover new ideas in unexpected places. You will be able to take these skills and apply them to every facet of comics production from initial sketch to print. The skills are there, available for anyone who signs up and is willing to try. The only thing that determines how far you can take them is your own drive and your level of investment and commitment.

The class helps you to discover or rediscover many basics like anatomy, foreshortening, shading environment and composition, and from the beginning you will be trained how to handle your tools and apply ink, first in a series of short value studies and then quickly moving onto applying inks to concept work.

You will tackle several different short story projects and stand alone pieces. These lessons are there to offer you a chance to build your vocabulary as a cartoonist and give you a chance to encounter all the challenges necessary to tell visual stories on paper. If a student has a project they wish to substitute for the class lesson that is also usually OK. This is a flexible environment designed to help you reach your goals.

Supply List:

If you prefer, you can wait to get the inking supplies after the first day demo, just come in on the first day with paper and pencil.

  • Pencils, a standard HB pencil, some hard pencils, such as a 2h, a 3h or a 4h. (Pencils are numbered on the side)
  • Waterproof Black Ink, (no Higgens please. Suggestions: Yasutomo, FW, Doc Martin, Speedball Ultra Black)
  • One Speedball Sketching Nib Set (also called “mapping” nibs) (These come with black long black holder and a shorter brown pen holder pith multiple nib sizes)
  • Cheap nylon watercolor brushes. Variety pack of brushes. Brushes should come to a point, be short-handled and sized anywhere between .005 and 7.
  • Sketchpad (Suggestions: Bristol Plate Surface, Aquabees Multi Media pad or Fabriano smooth)
  • Squeezable Whiteout pen or standard Whiteout

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Refund Policy
Refund Policies:
92nd Street Y is not responsible for providing makeup classes or issuing refunds for programs missed as a result of illness, emergencies or other events beyond our control.
There are no refunds for outings, classes or workshops that meet fewer than three times per semester.
If you are unable to attend, you may contact Customer Service prior to the first date for a receipt that enables you to claim your contribution as a tax-deductible gift.
Unless otherwise noted in program description, the following schedule applies to programs which meet three times or more per semester:
  • To receive a 100% refund, written request must be received 2 weeks prior to the first session.
  • To receive a 75% refund, written request must be received at least one day prior to the first session.
  • To receive a 50% refund, written request must be received at least one day prior to the second session.
  • After that, refunds cannot be granted.
All refund requests must be submitted in writing to Customer Service. Refunds are computed from the date written notice is received.
To receive a refund, you must enclose the original of your confirmation letter.
Please allow three to four weeks for processing of your refund request. Processing fees, membership fees, auditions fees and class or exercise cards are not refundable. No cash refunds.


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Question from joanna m.
Hello, I would like to learn to illustrate children's books. Would this class benefit me?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Joanna! Yes, this would be a great class for learning cartooning and illustration.
Question from Toros A.
Can I make up the sessions I will miss?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there, 92nd Street Y is not responsible for providing makeup classes.
Question from Yvonne D.
I have a book I've written and have worked on the cartoons but I am a novice art-wise. Is this class still right for me?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Yvonne! Yes, I would recommend this class to anyone with some or no prior experience with art or cartooning.
Question from susan z.
Do I pay for the class now?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Yes, full payment must be made at checkout. Thanks.
Question from anonymous
Is this course suitable for absolute beginners?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Yes, it is suited for absolute beginners. Thanks!
Question from Barnhouse
Is this class really focused on comics and graphic novels only or also illustration in general?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hello there! This course would cover both comics/graphic novels and general illustration. Hope this answers your question!
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Reviews of Classes at 92nd Street Y (637)

(637 Reviews)
Cartooning for Beginners
Reviewed by Heidi O. on 12/16/2019
Josh is great! highly recommend him as a teacher.
Cartooning for Beginners
Reviewed by Gabriella V. on 9/15/2019
At the beginning I was a bit skeptical on how much you can learn from a 5 class course (I just had a short time window available), but -at the end of it- I can definitely say I am very happy I have taken it. Josh Bayer is a talented artist and a great, great instructor. Always on time, extremely professional but not stiff, he packs every class with a whole lot of information and inspiration. He manages to keep things simple and easy for everyone, creating a learning environment that is very supportive, engaging and stimulating. He is also deeply committed in enhancing everyone's specific skills and style. I feel I have gained a lot from this course and I would definitely take more classes with him if only I had not moved overseas! Many thanks for this course, best wishes for your future educational activities!
Cartooning for Beginners
Reviewed by Anonymous on 10/30/2017
This is a great class. Josh is a wonderful teacher. He is appreciate of all different styles and encourages each student to explore their own voice. I started the class timid about my drawing and I came out of it feeling confident and eager to learn more!
Cartooning for Beginners
Reviewed by Gabrielle G. on 4/10/2017
I loved this class! Josh Bayer was a great teacher. The lessons were fun and informative and the homework was always helpful. I would definitely take another class with him.
Cartooning for Beginners
Reviewed by Jake H. on 10/31/2016
Fantastic class, great teacher who really listens to you and gives constructive feedback.

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