Summer Classes with Jeff Butler

Learn Comic Book Art & Character Design!
Photo of Jeff drawing, pen in hand

2019 “Making Comics” at UW Madison

Legendary cartoonist and super-amazing teacher, Professor Lynda Barry has asked me to teach her Making Comics classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison next year, while she’s away on sabbatical!

We’ll start this summer, with a semester in just 4 weeks!

Making Comics course poster / Lynda Barry sub

Making Comics
with Jeff Butler

(Class # 88022, 4 credits)
University of Wisconsin
M T W R: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
July 29 – Aug 25, 2019
Art 448. Lab 006

For registered undergrads and grad students.
Only 16 seats, so enroll early!

2019 “Character Sculpting” at Madison College

If you live in the Madison, WI area and are interested in comic art, check out the the Continuing Education class Maquette Sculpting that I will be teaching at Madison College! This particular class is non-credit and for students of varying experience and age levels.

To register, or for more information, go to, or call: (608) 258-2301 ext. 2.

Class banner: Polymer Clay Sculpting with Jeff Butler

Polymer Clay Sculpting
(Maquette Sculpting)

(Class # 10959)
Madison College – West Campus
Mondays: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
June 10 – Aug 12, 2019

If you’re an experienced sculptor, or a beginner who would like to learn more, this class will be a fun introduction to the art of maquette sculpting.

Maquette is the French word for “scale model.” In traditional animation, sculptors create character maquettes as 3D reference guides to aid the artists in drawing characters from all angles.

This class will show you how to sculpt your own character design, or favorite character from film or literature.

Students will design their character, then create a wire armature and sculpt their maquette in polymer clay.

Maquette sculpting is a great skill to add to a professional portfolio, as well as a fun hobby to enjoy for life.

An opportunity to improve your comic characters!

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About the author

Jeff Butler

Jeff Butler is an American illustrator, comic book and video game artist. Butler is best known in the comic industry for his work on Badger and The Green Hornet. He worked in the art department of TSR Inc., illustrating products for Dungeons & Dragons and the Marvel Super Heroes role-playing games. He also created character and concept art for 11 AAA video games, working for Raven Software. Butler appears at various comic events and teaches in the Madison area.