Courses & Faculty

Diane McPherson

In this class, students will read and analyze short graphic narratives and work on in-class exercises in drawing graphic stories. They will learn the techniques behind creating characters and writing and storyboarding comic scripts, working from rough to refined drafts. In-class exercises will include collaborating with other students on a one-page graphic story, and drafting and storyboarding a longer graphic narrative.  Students with interest and experience in comic drawing are welcome, but no previous instruction in drawing is required.

Diane McPherson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College, where she has taught since 1990. She earned a B.A. in Art (with emphasis in drawing and printmaking) at the University of Maine and has taught art at the Skitikuk School in Maine and the Montessori Elementary School of Ithaca. She has also worked as a graphic artist in various advertising agencies, and in the Department of Public Relations at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. At Cornell, she earned the M.F.A. in Fiction and the Ph.D. in English Literature with a concentration in Women's Literature.