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Here we go, folks! 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. Submit 5 pages of black and white sequential art (along with application below) to Murphy.Apprenticeship@gmail.com . The pages must be inked, no pencils and no "darkened pencils" using Photoshop. I want students who can do both! Because I use traditional tools (pencil/ink), I'm more capable of teaching students who also use those tools, but I'm happy to accept digital inking as well. However, if you work digitally, be prepared to 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--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 February 24th, 2014 you're fine!

11. International students welcome.

 

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 February 24th and ends on March the 9th, 2014.

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 October 1st.

3. I'll choose 10 students by October 15th, then begins Skype interviews for the following week.

4. 5 students will have been chosen by November 1st (it would be a good idea for the students to arrange travel in this month). They will have until December 2nd to sign the contracts (provided later if you're accepted) and submit their nonrefundable $1000 deposit.

5. The remaining balance will be due Friday, January 31st, as well as your flight itinerary. If we do not receive your remaining  of $1000 by January 31st, your spot will be given to an alternate.

6. Students will arrive on Sunday the 23rd at the Portland airport where I'll pick them up. Classes will be in session from February 24th through March 9th. They will depart on March 10th.

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.

 

THE TWO WEEK BREAKDOWN

The goal is to put together an anthology that I'll be writing. I'll 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 spend 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. I'll also be teaching tips on how to handle things like perspective and drawing tech. 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, I'm sure 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.

There will also be a guest speaker coming in to talk and work with us during week 2. Temporarily, this person will be the great Klaus Janson (Dark Knight Returns). As a veteran teacher at SVA in New York City (and a good friend), Klaus will be invaluable.

 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/Se…

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:iconkkalopsia:
kkalopsia Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Hi Mr. Murphy! 
Are you still doing these apprenticeships? I am finishing up my freshman year at SCAD in a few weeks and I would love to have an opportunity to apprentice under you (however I am only 19 and will be 20 in September).
If you are still doing these by the time I am 21, do you think they will still be on the table?
Thanks-
Amanda Semler
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
Hey! Yes, we plan on doing another soon. But we're looking for people 21-35 (because there end up being alcohol in the house). Hang in there! :)
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:iconkkalopsia:
kkalopsia Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Sounds great!!! I will be preparing my portfolio as I wait.
Thanks!!!
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:iconblasteddead:
BlastedDead Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Do you see yourself doing more of these apprenticeships in the future? I'd love to apply and possibly partake, but I'm caught up in First Year studies for Design. Thanks!
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Stephen-Green Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Ok boss, I sent in my submission. Remember to listen to who Jeebus tells you to pick.
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:icondevmalya:
DEVMALYA Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
whew :) submitted my pages just 6 minutes before 1st october, portland time . it was confusing, but i did it :) hey sean, my pages are 100 dpi, but really clear and good to read, so im hoping i dont get a technical on that :)
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CLindhorst Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Would it be ok to submit 8 pages instead of 5? I'm working on a 8 page mini comic I wanted to submit pages from to this and since it's small it averages only about 3 panels a pages. So I was wondering if it would be ok to submit all 8 pages to show more work?
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:iconborilzaf:
BorilZaf Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Quick question :can I submit my pages after 1st October? 
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:iconcarlshinyama:
CarlShinyama Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I've got five pages done and I've got my application filled out and ready to e-mail - only, I've just realized I might have missed an important detail.

I did my pages completely digitally, but after reading your submissions guideline, I'm worried that I misunderstood; when you said that you were more than happy to take those who did digital inking, did you mean strictly digital inks over traditional pencils, or are pages where they were drawn completely digitally acceptable?

Mahalo,

Carl
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Hey! Completely digital is okay. I won't have a cintiq or anything to do digital on, so as long as you can bring something to digital ink, then I'm fine with that. :)
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:iconcarlshinyama:
CarlShinyama Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(Whew!) I was gonna be upset with myself because I take pride in following directions carefully. Glad to see that I was worried for nothing.

Mahalo again!
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voirdire99 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have a question about page size: I'm currently working on my own script (which just happens to feature a car) and have some of the pages done, but I designed the book as all double-trucks so I'm working at 22x17 inches instead of 11x17 inches per page. Technically each double truck is two pages, but they're intended as one large story page so I want to submit five 22x17 inch pages. Is that allowable? You can see some of the pages in progress here: voirdire99.deviantart.com/gall…. The first two are re-formatted to your specs with the color tone, dialogue and captions removed.

Also, I do my structured backgrounds in Illustrator using their perspective grids. Is that an issue? It's a far cry from dropping in SketchUp models. This page is a good example but it's nor part of the submission: voirdire99.deviantart.com/art/….

If all is good on these I'm gonna drop in some panels from my re-write and get you some pages!
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
I think these are great! No need to change anything. I'll take 5 pages however you want to send them: 22x17 or 11x17. I just want to make sure people know how to draw, move the camera, etc.
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:iconryanblack13:
RyanBlack13 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
*FOUND*  damn angry fingers...
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:iconryanblack13:
RyanBlack13 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Dammitt.  I just fond out about this.  I didn't ink the pages for the 36 pg full color comic I just released.  Looks like I need to do 5 new pages and ink them and sell my body for $2k.  Plus airfare. This is EXACTLY what I need.
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:iconmansloth:
mansloth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nearly finished my fifth page now.
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Nice! Can't wait to see it.
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numar28 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Artist
I`d love to participate!
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:iconpfendino:
pfendino Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Got that cash together at last! I will apply for sure, off to drawing! :)
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:iconink-imp:
ink-imp Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey, Sean I'm working to finish up my five pages, and it hadn't occurred to me to ask you if when you say that it's due by OCt. 1 you mean that it's due tonight at midnight or by the end of tomorrow. Which one is it?
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
September is still a month away. Midnight on October 1st is fine. :)
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:iconink-imp:
ink-imp Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
HAHA! oh geez, my wife and I had been thinking October was right around the corner for weeks. Freelance life really disorients us. Thanks, for the reply, Sean!
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:iconpetipoa:
petipoa Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Artist
i'll apply!
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DMencha0040 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Just read this today, I WILL be applying unconditionally... I hope I'm good enough. I've gotten much better than I used to be when I actually uploaded to dA, let us hope it is good enough :)
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:iconzsabreuser:
zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Artist
Cool stuff! A friend just pointed this my way, I'll probably submit something :)
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:iconrinpin:
RINPIN Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I has applied. 
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:iconspikie:
Spikie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay, this is a little strange, but would it be okay if I did some pages just for the sake of critique? I'm not quite old enough (19) and don't have the funds, but I'd really like to do this in the future if it's around, so I'd like to start developing my comic drawing skills as soon as I can.
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:icondevmalya:
DEVMALYA Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
if the digital whiteout rule is acceptable, i could probably send the application by tomorrow. really excited about this :D
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:icondevmalya:
DEVMALYA Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
the last time i commented i thought i wouldnt be able to get it in on time, but now i made some calculations and im in for sending in the paqges with the applications. just one thing. my scanner isnt top notch, so the scans arent that good. so usually when i submit pages, i tweak adjustments and i use digital whiteouts. will that be okay? because i am preparing some pages for th application, and if that isnt allowed, i could always send in the unaltered scans. the use of digital whiteout is because i live in india, and in kolkata, the place i live in, white out is impossibel to find, especially whiteout to use with brush. hence the digital whiteouts

regards,
devmalya
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Your stuff is killer! Of course, using digital corrections here and there is okay--I do it for every page where whiteout isn't enough. :)
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:icondevmalya:
DEVMALYA Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
you have to excuse me that i took some time to reply to your reply.. i was kinda geeking out when you called my stuff killer. you have been my idol and my favorite artist ever since i picked up your stuff. and being told my stuff is like woah!!!! :) i am glad you liked my art, sean. really glad :) i want to apply tomorrow itself, but i am doing some pages right now which i intend to ink by mid sept, so i can send those. thing is i really want to send out the form :) really really excited. but i am gonna try and be patient and give you some of my fresh out of the oven work. also waiting cause this one is going to have mech. one more thing i wanted to ask was, is india covered under the visa waiver program? or do i need to get a visa?
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
I don't know man. There's a website for it you'll have to check out. I posted a link to someone else's reply, so you should go find it. Good luck on the new pages!
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:icondevmalya:
DEVMALYA Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
sure. will do. thanks for helping with the clarifications. i know the reply you are referring to. will check it out. been following this thread pretty closely :) and one other thing, will they be accepted if the pages are for a licenced work ill be doing? i.e if they are under nda? cause otherwise, ill have to write my own script and work on new pages. thats my last query, wont be bothering you much after that :P will get down to filling the application form and making the pages :)
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
You can use any pages you want. Just making sure people know how to draw and take storytelling seriously. :)
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:icondevmalya:
DEVMALYA Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks for the clarifications and thanks for your time sean :) really hoping to get selected and learning from you :)
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:icondevmalya:
DEVMALYA Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thing is, i have this really old issue which has been shelved and its been dorman for over 10 months now, but still under a complicated nda. just wanted to keep my options open in case i wanted to use some of those pages.
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:icondevmalya:
DEVMALYA Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
also, if i have some other queries, can i email you at the adress given or is that a no no?
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jets Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
This was stuck in my head all day. I would love to do this I just wish I had the time I would be all over this. I think you're really on to something with this thing. 
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:iconmichaelharris:
michaelharris Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
When is the application due? I couldn't find the date. Also is the plane ticket out of our pocket, or included in the $2000?
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
The application is due on the 1st of October, and the travel costs are all on you. :)
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:iconkonjur:
Konjur Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
this is cool
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:iconian-navarro:
Ian-Navarro Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Unfortunately I won't be able to apply for these first round of classes. But I was looking through the comments and you mentioned you might do some class during the summer. Have you given any thought to what time during the summer?
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rodavlasalvador Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I am so in. Even if I am not selected or unable to get the money on time, I will be following this project closely. Best!
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beerseeker Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Awesome, it's a pity it's not in Poland :)
Oh, wait, you just kickout RT and you got it :P (PO[rt]LAND)
Hope I could manage to get this final anthology. Cheers to all participants :beer:
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:iconfuture-parker:
future-parker Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Really cool, and Klaus Janson! These guys are gonna be lucky. Can't afford it this time, maybe sometime in the future.
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PagodaComics Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Gosh, I hope there will be more some time later, it sounds AWESOME!
Since I can't apply for now, I only camn say: looking forward to see the result! :)
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AndersonBlackAdam Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Man,Ill most probably be out of this first class due to costs and all,but Im very tempted to do the whole submission process,just for the learning of it and personnel challenge.And fun,of course.Itll be good for my portfolio anyway.

Would you mind do a quick browsing at my stuff and let me know if I stand any chance bro?:D

Thanks man,and all the best for the project.Im sure itll be a blast!
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TWULF Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Really fantastic that you're doing this, would of liked to apply but not really able!
Hope it goes well- look forward to seeing what comes out of it.
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BalanComics Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Question: Were I to digitally ink the submission, but use some custom brushes to achieve a dry brush or ink wash effect, would that be considered digital toning, or just part of the inking process?
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Good question! Dry brush is fine, but I'd stay away from washes for now. To keep it simple, I'd like all the art we publish to be "thresholded" for now. Meaning only black and white pixels. :)
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