Neal Yamamoto

Teaches at Santa Monica College

Neal Yamamoto's cartoons, humorous illustrations, character designs and comics can be found in over thirty children's activity books, several national magazines, comics and t-shirts. His client list includes LA Parent, Backstage West, Lakeshore Learning, American Legion Magazine, Medical Economics, the Japanese American National Museum and many others. His current book is "Superhero Explosion: Easy Lessons for Drawing Comics" published by Impact Books.

Reviews of Neal Yamamoto

(12 Reviews)
Creating Comics & Graphic Novels

8/5/2018
Jeramie M.

Attended: Creating Comics & Graphic Novels


Jeramie M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creating Comics & Graphic Novels, Part II

10/22/2017
Russell L.

Attended: Creating Comics & Graphic Novels, Part II


Well prepared & knowledgeable instructor with good backround in literature & the arts. Able to communicate concisely. Expert at what he teaches.

Cartooning for Fun (& Profit)

2/5/2017
Lenny W.

Attended: Cartooning for Fun (& Profit)


Class was permanently cancelled. Refund was supposed to be issued. Please issue refund

Creating Comics & Graphic Novels

10/22/2016
Cari H.

Attended: Creating Comics & Graphic Novels


Cari H. gave this class 1 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Manga Drawing 101

8/8/2016
Juan B.

Attended: Manga Drawing 101


Juan B. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creating Comics & Graphic Novels

4/5/2016
Jason P.

Attended: Creating Comics & Graphic Novels


Importantly, this is not a drawing class. This is a visual storytelling class that will give you all of the technical tools needed to create a graphic novel. The focus is primarily on layout and the basics of presenting a story in visual form. Neil is great teacher -- very clear that he cares -- and he is, quite admittedly -- pressed for time. He could easily fill two or three additional hours per session without breaking a sweat. Class structure involves critiques on the previous week's work, which involves laying out a page of script in visual form. Again, drawing skill is not the focus. Instead, Neil focuses on the ability to tell the story graphically. Rough storyboards suffice as long as the point is clearly made. The second part of each session consists of an in class drawing exercise designed to push the student into creative ways to explore simple characters and situations, which is followed by a brief lecture. The class does skew heavily -- perhaps a bit too heavily -- towards in-class critiques -- to the detriment of the teacher's lectures, which he is often forced to rush through. A 50/50 split (or less) may have been more effective, especially if homework was turned in and the teacher offered a few notes at the next session. Overall, a very solid class that is well worth the time and money. After the class, I feel that I have all of the skills necessary to move forward on my project with confidence.

Creating Comics & Graphic Novels

10/18/2015
Chandus J.

Attended: Creating Comics & Graphic Novels


Chandus J. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creating Comics & Graphic Novels

2/10/2015
Rocio P.

Attended: Creating Comics & Graphic Novels


Rocio P. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creating Comics & Graphic Novels

2/8/2015
Lauren C.

Attended: Creating Comics & Graphic Novels


Lauren C. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creating Comics & Graphic Novels

2/8/2015
Victor B.

Attended: Creating Comics & Graphic Novels


Victor B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creating Comics & Graphic Novels

2/8/2015
Anonymous

Attended: Creating Comics & Graphic Novels


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Basic Inking for Comics & Cartoons

11/23/2014
Tim W.

Attended: Basic Inking for Comics & Cartoons


Tim W. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.