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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



1. Submit 5 pages of black and white sequential art (along with application below) to . 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.



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.



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 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.



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!…

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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!
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.
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 :)
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?
BorilZaf Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Quick question :can I submit my pages after 1st October? 
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?


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. :)
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!
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:…. 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:….

If all is good on these I'm gonna drop in some panels from my re-write and get you some pages!
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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