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We regretfully announce that the Sean Murphy Apprenticeship will be cancelled for the time being.

The biggest reason is due to scheduling concerns. With the commitments to both Tokyo Ghost and a Chrononauts movie, I've decided I need to focus on the work at hand rather than adding more. Readers and comic shops deserve timely publishing schedules, and I never want to be responsible for any delays.

There's also the legal aspect. My wife and I spoke with our lawyer at length, and she recommended shutting the program down due to the increasing risks. What was initially meant to be a small operation to support up and coming artists has beautifully grown into something larger than we ever imagined. But with this, along with our pressing schedules, we feel that we are unable to keep up with the daunting legal responsibilities associated with this sort of growth.

Thank you all for your support and our apologies and gratitude to those who applied to the apprenticeship this year. There was some fantastic talent and based on the applicants, we look forward to seeing these incredible artists on future books and projects. Another thank you goes out to those who donated to our Kickstarter last year. Though it's been said before, it deserves a second shout out: You helped make the Murphy Apprenticeship a huge success. We're happy to call Clay, Corin, Jorge, Stevo and Tana our lifelong friends. And we hope to one day revive the idea when the timing is right.

MURPHY APPRENTICESHIP, year 2!!! If you're interested in the Apprenticeship, then read below. At the bottom you'll find a link--just click to download the application WITH your finished pages to Murphy.apprenticeship@gmail.com

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES


1. 5 pages of black and white sequential art. The pages must be inked, no pencils and no "darkened pencils" using Photoshop--I want students who can do both! Digital inking is also fine as long as you bring your own computer/wacom/cintiq materials.



2. The pages can be from any genre/character/script you like. Feel free to write your own story, or use a professional one you find online (I don't know where to find them, so don't ask). The 5 pages must all be in sequence and from the same script.



3. The pages must be done recently--either for this submission or in the last year.



4. Send the files as 200dpi b&w jpgs to murphy.apprenticeship@gmail.com --nothing too huge, please.



5. DO NOT send pencils and DO NOT send the script.



6. DO NOT use Photoshop gray tones or digital effects--I want to see your work bare.



7. DO NOT paste Sketchup models into the pages--I don't care if the industry allows it, I don't.



8. DO NOT send pinups.



9. DO NOT trace photos or Sketchup models.



10. You must be 21 years old to enroll--as long as you're 21 by October 1st, 2015 you're fine!



SUBMISSION TIPS



1. Include plenty of backgrounds. Not for every panel, but enough so that the pages don't look empty.



2. Focus on 3-6 panels per page. Stay away from splashes and spreads if you can.



3. Including some sort of tech would be helpful. The script I'll be providing you (for the anthology) will have a car or motorcycle in it, and part of the course will include lessons on handling machined objects.



DATES



1. The apprenticeship starts on October 19, 2015 and ends on November 2, 2015.



2. Along with 5 pages of sequential art, the students will also fill out an application (which we will be provided in the coming week) due by July 5th.



3. I'll choose 10 students by July 10th, then begin Skype interviews for the following week.



4. 5 students will have been chosen by August 1st (it would be a good idea for the students to arrange travel in this month). They will have until August 31st to sign the contract and submit their nonrefundable $1000 deposit.



5. The remaining balance will be due September 30th, as well as your flight itinerary. If we do not receive your remaining balance by September 30th, your spot will be given to an alternate.


6. Students will arrive on Sunday the 18th at the Portland (MAINE) airport where I'll pick them up. Classes will be in session from October 19th through November 2
nd. These extra few days will be used to finish up pages, scan them in, clean them up and size them correctly for publication.


7. Food costs will be each student's own responsibility. There is a kitchen to cook in and likely we will dine together as a group and all chip in a little bit of money for large in-home meals.


THE TWO WEEK BREAKDOWN

The goal is to put together an anthology that Sean and Katana will be writing. Sean will be doing 10 pages, while each student will be expected to complete their 5 pages by the end of the session. So week one will be about preparing for the 5 pages, while week two will be spent completing the pages.

Part of week one will be lessons about storytelling, analyzing movies, going over layouts for the 5 pages, and working on character designs. Sean will also be teaching tips on how to handle things like perspective and drawing techniques. Discussions about the business of comics will be peppered into each day's work schedule. And as we'll all be spending a lot of time together, other tidbits about surviving in comics will likely come up.

Week two will be spent drawing and inking the pages. We'll all be set up in the same room, so I'll be working on my own pages while hovering around students who might need help.

Once the work is all finished, we'll move forward with printing out the anthologies. And within a few months, students will be able to sell them at conventions to help them recuperate the cost of the Murphy Apprenticeship.

 

CONDUCT

While this will be a lot of fun, it'll also be a lot of work. I want serious, well behaved, and hard working "do-it-yourselfers" who are willing to work late nights for 6 days a week in order to complete their 5 pages if need be. There will be no smoking in the house, and alcohol will be limited on the property. 

Interested? Click the link below and download!

www.essentialsequential.com/Mu…


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Colors by Mike Spicer. Book by Phil Hester and John McCrea out from IMAGE!
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We regretfully announce that the Sean Murphy Apprenticeship will be cancelled for the time being.

The biggest reason is due to scheduling concerns. With the commitments to both Tokyo Ghost and a Chrononauts movie, I've decided I need to focus on the work at hand rather than adding more. Readers and comic shops deserve timely publishing schedules, and I never want to be responsible for any delays.

There's also the legal aspect. My wife and I spoke with our lawyer at length, and she recommended shutting the program down due to the increasing risks. What was initially meant to be a small operation to support up and coming artists has beautifully grown into something larger than we ever imagined. But with this, along with our pressing schedules, we feel that we are unable to keep up with the daunting legal responsibilities associated with this sort of growth.

Thank you all for your support and our apologies and gratitude to those who applied to the apprenticeship this year. There was some fantastic talent and based on the applicants, we look forward to seeing these incredible artists on future books and projects. Another thank you goes out to those who donated to our Kickstarter last year. Though it's been said before, it deserves a second shout out: You helped make the Murphy Apprenticeship a huge success. We're happy to call Clay, Corin, Jorge, Stevo and Tana our lifelong friends. And we hope to one day revive the idea when the timing is right.

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:iconjonas72:
Jonas72 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Hey, man! Sorry to be a bother, but think you could settle something for us? ("Us" being a group for Hellblazer fans on Facebook.) Someone posted a picture from The Wake, and in the background there is a character who looks a lot like your take on John Constantine. www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…
Could you confirm if it is? Thanks!
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seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Yup! He also makes a cameo as Leeward's father (but with a cowboy hat).
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Jonas72 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Thanks for settling it!
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional Artist
Wonderful work. Big fan. Lovely to find you on dA. :-)
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lexxii Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Gallery:)

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TylerHaas Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Random question: have you ever done the 25 essential expressions sheet? You're just my favorite artist and that would be the bees knees if you had it in your back pocket. 
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jgordinho Featured By Owner Edited Apr 5, 2015
most likely you wont check this comments but i would like to say great work man,i managed to get American Vampire and  The Wake and that's a "grrrreat" piece of comics art.
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mojoncio Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
one of my favourites drawers of the last years!
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MarkIvan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love your work. Totally badass.
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SamLeheny Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Dear Mr. Murphy.
You are a cool guy.
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