Celebrating Over 25 Years of Outstanding Art Education
Drawing Manga, Superheroes and Fantasy Figures Instructor
BILL HAUSER is a 1996 Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art graduate, whose artwork has graced the record covers, t-shirts and posters of numerous punk and heavy metal bands from around the world.
“My first exposure to comic books came in the form of MAD Magazine,” remembers Bill. “I knew immediately that I wanted to draw the images I saw for a living. Luckily, at a young age I was very fortunate to have excellent art instructors. In many ways, those formative lessons made me into the artist I am today.”
After Bill graduated from college, he set about shaping his freelance career. “I self-published my own comic book called “Oh…Crackers!”and sold it at underground punk and heavy metal shows, and comic conventions. Unbeknownst to me it became something that bands really liked, and I soon got offers to draw record covers and merchandise by bands from all over the world.”
“At that time, I was also an on-staff illustrator at Lerner Publishing, a leading children’s book publisher. I worked there for nearly a decade and learned the ins and outs of the publishing industry, while making the connections necessary to build an independent career.”
Today, Bill is well known in the realm of underground music, having worked with bands like: ANTiSEEN, Ghoul, Hirax, In Defence, Skit System, BANE, Hellnation and Ozzy Osbourne. Inspired by ’80s rock and roll artists like Pushead and Richard Corben, Hauser’s attention to detail, jagged line work, and bright color schemes reflect the chaotic urgency of punk rock gigs. He has also drawn comic books for Devil’s Due Publishing and Dead Dog Comics.
Bill comes to teaching with a passion to inspire children and teens: “It means a lot to me to have an opportunity to pass on knowledge to the next generation of aspiring artists. Even if the students use these lessons simply to foster a lifelong love and appreciation for illustration and art. I want to give people the tools necessary to have a hobby or career. A life built around art will be fuller, brighter and filled with wonder.”