Jesse Hamm

Jesse Hamm has worked as an essayist, portraitist, storyboarder, and book illustrator, and has been drawing comics professionally for 15 years. He has drawn comics for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Dynamite, BOOM!, and others, including work on such characters as Batman, Hawkeye, Flash Gordon, Sherlock Holmes, and The Phantom. His next comics project is a novel-length science fiction thriller. Jesse is a member of Helioscope, the largest studio of comic book artists in North America, and he lives near Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Anna. For more info, visit his portfolio at http://helioscopepdx.com/jesse-hamm/ or follow him on Twitter @Hamm_Tips.

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Carousel #001: How to Draw Everything!

Posted on Feb. 13, 2018

Comic-Con welcomes Jesse Hamm, our newest Toucan contributor! Jesse's "Carousel" column will post the second Tuesday of every month and deal with advice and tips for both artists.

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Carousel 002: "Dealing" Broken Rules

Posted on Mar. 13, 2018

Jesse Hamm is back for his second installment of Carousel, with some great advice for artists!

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Carousel 003: Drawing From Observation

Posted on Apr. 10, 2018

Jesse Hamm writes about drawing from observation ... and how to make that work better for you as an artist.

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Carousel 004: Learning By Comparison

Posted on May. 8, 2018

Jesse Hamm spotlights a story drawn by two different artists--Dan Adkins and Alex Toth, no less--and contrasts their differing styles and choices.

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Carousel 005: Photo Reference: When To Use It

Posted on Jun. 12, 2018

Jesse Hamm explores the age-old artist's question: when to use photo reference.

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Carousel 007: "Meanwhile, back on the ranch..."

Posted on Sep. 11, 2018

Jesse Hamm explains how to transition between scenes in stories, using examples from some comics masters, such as Alex Toth and Mike Mignola.

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Carousel 008: Common Mistakes

Posted on Oct. 9, 2018

Jesse Hamm offers some solid advice on how to improve your page samples for portfolio review.

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Carousel 009: The Context of Fantasy

Posted on Nov. 13, 2018

Jesse Hamm writes about what it takes to make your storytelling more grounded in reality, through props, settings, and details.

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Carousel 010: Getting Organized

Posted on Jan. 8, 2019

Artist Jesse Hamm starts the New Year off right with some tips on getting organized ... from flat files to receipt boxes, every artist can use this info!

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Carousel 011: Close Read: King Tut's Tomb

Posted on Feb. 12, 2019

Jesse Hamm offers an artist's eye view of the work of one of comics' greats: José Luis García-López!

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Carousel 012: Thumbnails

Posted on Apr. 9, 2019

Jesse Hamm talks about the importance of using thumbnails to set the stage in your comic art.

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Carousel 013: Mapping

Posted on May. 14, 2019

Jesse Hamm talks about Mapping, a way of world-building in your comic pages.

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Carousel 014: Convention Tips

Posted on Jun. 11, 2019

Whether you're just visiting a major convention like Comic-Con this summer, or plan to present your portfolio in a serious search for work, Jesse Hamm has you covered with ten tips for successful convention-ing!

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Carousel 015: Common Sights

Posted on Aug. 13, 2019

Jesse Hamm returns with a list of one dozen key things that you're going to draw OFTEN.

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Carousel 016: Outside Influences

Posted on Sep. 10, 2019

Jesse Hamm writes about outside influences for cartoonists, and what fields of study could benefit the working or aspiring comics artist.

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Carousel 017: Backgrounds

Posted on Oct. 8, 2019

Jesse Hamm talks about every artist's favorite bugaboo: BACKGROUNDS!

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Carousel 018: Anatomy

Posted on Nov. 12, 2019

Jesse Hamm talks about how crucial anatomy is to storytelling and offers ten tips to help improve your work!

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Carousel 019: Close Read of Batman Year One

Posted on Jan. 14, 2020

Jesse Hamm starts off the New Year right with a deep-dive look at Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's classic Batman: Year One.

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Carousel 020: Problem Solving

Posted on Feb. 11, 2020

Jesse Hamm returns with some great tips to solve some of the more common problems you may face when drawing a story.

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Carousel 021: Drawing vs. Cartooning

Posted on Mar. 10, 2020

Jesse Hamm returns with a look at the differences between drawing and cartooning.

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Carousel 022: Mort Drucker: An Appreciation

Posted on Apr. 14, 2020

Jesse Hamm celebrates the art of cartoonist Mort Drucker, who died last week at the age of 91.

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Carousel 023: Inking Tips

Posted on May. 12, 2020

Whether you pencil and ink on paper or digitally, artist Jesse Hamm has some great inking tips for you!

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Carousel 024: Drawing Animals

Posted on Jun. 9, 2020

Jesse Hamm returns with a wealth of information on how to draw animals!