Reward Yourself This Holiday

The Holiday season has finally arrived. What better way to enjoy yourself this year by doing something you love. Join the International School of Comics and fulfill your passion of art and illustration with our Life Drawing Workshop.

Take time for yourself this season every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and invest in your artistic ambitions. Led by artist Thomas Gianni, this course allows artistes both skilled and new to drawing to explore the fundamental techniques of art.

Throughout each lesson, students will build upon their knowledge and skills previously learned to create unique works of art.  From capturing quick poses and seizing the energy of a gesture to learning the technique of light and shadow, our Life Drawing Workshop covers an immense amount of material.

Upon mastering the eight steps to Life Drawing, students will then move onto steps nine and ten of the course, which include putting into practice all they have learned during previous lessons. Students will be introduced to the proper finishing techniques allow their masterpieces to speak volumes.

Allow yourself some joy this holiday season and join the International School of Comics for another wonderful workshop. Classes may be purchased individually or as a series to assure all lessons are covered.

From the International School of Comics to you, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and joyful New Year!

Illustrate Your Future


Join the International School of Comics for our uniquely designed Illustration Program beginning on Monday, October 27. With 18 spots available, this three-year program will provide students with the tools they need to develop a professional artist profile and proficiently translate concepts into images and ideas.

Students will lead into the world of the most powerful and versatile medium for artist communication. Through various in class exercises, projects and educational forums, students will learn how to properly analyze and apply the creative process along with its expressive graphic communication to create unique and powerful pieces.

During their first year with the International School of Comics, students will grasp a main focus of proper illustration styles and techniques and a complete understanding of the creative process involved.  Additionally, students will be given the opportunity to master the fundamentals of drawing, visual communication, color theory and other techniques necessary in the world of art.

Upon their second year, the International School of Comics will assist students in strengthening their anatomical and perspective skills while making them comfortable with different ink and water painting techniques.

As the third and final year of the program builds on the Watercolor and Tempera techniques while adding Oil. Additionally, students will be introduced to digital illustration and learn to manage the most current digital software programs including Photoshop and Illustrator.

Upon completion of the Illustration Program, the International School of Comics can assure that students will have the proper tools, techniques and educational skills necessary to market themselves in a highly individual and distinctive manner.

Monster Mania


Join the International School of Comics on Monday, October 20th beginning at 6:00 p.m. for a night of Monster mania.

Tune into your inner monster and allow the International School of Comics to assist you in taking your art to the next level with the brilliant Brazilian comics artist, cartoonist and illustrator Gustavo Durate.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Durate’s experience in the world of comics and illustration surpasses all odds as he holds a published American graphic novel entitled Monsters! & Other Stories by Dark Horse. Durate is also the winner of eight trophies HQMIX, the highest award of comics in Brazil

There is no better way to prepare for the spooky holiday ahead than with an intense, energetic and horrific Cartooning and Humor Chat and Demonstration.

For one night, artists will have the opportunity to expand their skills and dabble into the world of monsters. Listen and lose yourself in the stories of Durate as he brings characters to life through art with a robust story and extreme body language.

Interested in spending more time learning the art from the master himself? Join the International School of Comics for a kick-off event on Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. as Durate will be hosting an Art Show & Signing at the one and only Challengers Comics Book Store.

A weekend of Monster Mania is ahead and one you cannot miss. Take your skills in cartooning and art to the next level with the International School of Comics and shock yourself with the creations that come to life.

Marek Sterling, Student on the Rise!

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Marek Sterling is a talented young student who joined the school for one of our many workshops! Marek generously donated the time to answer our questions on the course he took. Thanks Marek!
What drew you to the International School of Comics?
After graduating high school, I wasn’t sure what I would do with my life. I thought pursuing a career in music was my passion, but quickly discovered that I wouldn’t be happy producing music for the rest of my life. During the summer of 2013, I was fortunate enough to commission Archie Comics artist – Tracy Yardley[!]. He sketched a few pieces for me, and I felt a little flame burst inside me as I was coloring them. I realized then that mastering sequential art was my gateway to a lifetime of happiness. However, I still had much to learn. I had never been a talented artist, and I could never create high quality art projects. As a result, I began to seek out schools that could teach me the basics of comic illustrations, which brought me to the International School of Comics, a school that had everything that I needed in one location.

How do you picture your future with the International School of Comics?

In the 3 weeks I first attended the International School of Comics, I was taught the basics of illustration by Marco Cosentino. In just that short amount of time, I was finally able to illustrate all the things I had always wanted to, and I notice my improvement in each piece that I create. By continuing my studies at the International School of Comics, I am confident that there is no limit to how much I can continue to evolve as an artist.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Can you illustrate how the International School of Comics has helped your artistic vision grow?

Before I attended the International School of Comics, I had very little confidence in myself as an artist. I would try to create art through sheer will and determination, but the school helped me to see that determination alone wasn’t enough. I had to put all doubts aside and believe in myself, and mostly importantly, have fun! Art in itself is a creative hobby. If you don’t enjoy what you do, you won’t enjoy embracing an artistic career. Rather than draw a subject based on what you know about it, illustrate it by breaking it down into shapes and construct it little by little until you’ve achieved your final detailed masterpiece. It’s true that art can’t be rushed. If you jump right into it without establishing a base to work off on, you will be dooming yourself from the start. Having patience and taking your time are two key elements for any artist to have.

Can you paint a picture of what a typical day in class is/was like for you?

The classroom itself is a nice, clean environment, free of distractions. The courses usually begin with the instructor(s) lecturing and asking questions in between to ensure that each student is following along and understanding what is being taught. The instructor also showcases examples of the lesson at hand, and demonstrates how it should be executed from conception to completion. Afterwards, the instructor will allow the students to practice what was just learned, walking around the room and checking on each students’ progress. If a student is having any difficulties, the instructor will personally work with them while also giving tips to help make improvements. The classes end on schedule, and the instructor will give a reminder about any homework assignments and their due dates.

Andrew Taam, Student at Work!


Andrew Taam is another one of our very talented students in our first class here in Chicago! Andrew answered our questions as quickly as possible to save time for his passion – comics! Click on his self portrait to see more of his work.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

What drew me to ISoC is what they teach and where they are located.

I picture my future with ISoC feeling capable of making successful comic books.

My artistic vision has grown immensely since joining the ISoC, learning about many artists I haven’t heard of, and then falling in love with their work.

A typical day at the ISoC consists of hard work, and interesting discussions.


FREETEMBER Is Halfway Over!


Calling all aspiring illustration and comic artists! The International School of Comics month long Freetember event is almost over! With only seven classes left to attend, it is crucial to set aside some free time and attend one of our customized art classes.

From now until the end of the month, grasp every concept you can during our FREE, yes FREE classes. Instructed by prominent art figures, our Freetember classes will provide individuals with a unique, once in a lifetime learning experience.

From crash courses to developing eye catching covers, writing narratives and developing digital coloring skills, there is still time to indulge yourself in the world of illustration and comics.

Spend your evenings gaining valuable knowledge of art and technique and discover your true passion. At the International School of Comics, all students begin with a blank canvas having the opportunity to create their own story and future.

Freetember is an opportunity you cannot pass up. Allow the International School of Comics to introduce you into the world of imagination and creativity. Let us ask you, what better time to begin than now?

Jamie Primack, Student at Large!

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Jamie Primack Self Portrait

Jamie Primack, one of the students in our first ever class, is near the end of her first program year here. She took some time out of her busy day to say a little about her experience here at the school. And click on her portrait to see more of her art!

What drew you to the International School of Comics?

I’m enjoy all kinds of art, but I’m specifically interested in a career in comics. At most art schools, a lot of time is spent focusing on other kinds of art. I wanted a school whose focus is more specific and tailored to my goals.

Can you illustrate how the International School of Comics has helped your artistic vision grow?

Before I came to the International School of Comics, I felt like my skills were very amateur and limited. Now I truly believe I can draw anything so long as I’m patient and use the skills I’ve learned. The school has opened up my mind to all sorts of abilities I didn’t know I was capable of.

How do you picture your future with the International School of Comics?

My classmates and I have built a community together, even though art is a very isolating activity. I hope that we’ll continue to support each other in our careers, even after we graduate. I also hope to maintain the connections I made through the school and encourage others to try the program.

Can you paint a picture of what a typical day in class is/was like for you?

We spend nine hours in class. Usually, the morning is spent critiquing homework and going over things that need improvement. Then we’re given a lecture about the day’s lesson. The afternoon is spent learning to utilize the skills we were taught during the lecture. My classmates and I also joke around a lot, so the atmosphere in the room is always friendly. It’s a nine hour day, but it always goes really quickly, and I also look forward to coming to class.

Freetember is Underway


A month of free classes is underway at the International School of Comics. For only a $10 membership registration fee, you can join the excitement even after September with 10% off all future classes!

Kickoff for Freetember begins on September 2nd for Kevin Klung’s Concept Art Class. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. indulge into the world of concept art, essentially the beginning to any project. Whether it is a movie, video game, TV show or advertisement, a concept is the starting point for development. Grab your laptop or sketchbook along with a pencil and enjoy a night of new beginnings.Roblox HackBigo Live Beans HackYUGIOH DUEL LINKS HACKPokemon Duel HackRoblox HackPixel Gun 3d HackGrowtopia HackClash Royale Hackmy cafe recipes stories hackMobile Legends HackMobile Strike Hack

If you are not able to make it to the first class, join us on September 3rd for Emma Rand’s Watercolor Class. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. students will be introduced to the mysterious world of mixing paint with water. The ultimate tips and tricks will be revealed to take a washed out landscape and turn it into an energetic work of art. Bring your favorite watercolor, a few paintbrushes and some sheets of watercolor paper and let your creativity flow.

September 4th is a class you will not want to miss. From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. join freelance artist, Jim Pavelec, at the PACT (Professional Artist Client Toolkit) class. Students will be presented with the one stop informational resource for freelance illustrators. Share your experiences, discuss needs and express requirements and wishes for the industry during this two hour session. Upon leaving this class students will become knowledgeable on the proper ways to negotiate better living for themselves.

The International School of Comics has many more outstanding opportunities for aspiring illustrators and comics’ artists to pursue throughout Freetember. Explore our websites to learn more about our academy and the classes offered throughout September. This is a month long opportunity that you will not want to pass up!

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