Instructor of heroic figure drawing & sequential art, Scott Hanna is a busy professional artist & top inker in the graphic novel industry. His drawing & inking work appears monthly in print
for a number of superhero graphic novels and comics. One of the most prolific
artists in the field, Mr. Hanna has inked well over 100 graphic novels
for the top two publishers in the industry, or approximately 15,000 pages of graphic art.
At Marvel Comics, Scott’s worked on all the top characters at the company, including the Avengers, Spider-Man, IronMan, the X-Men, Avengers vs. X-Men and the Hulk. He’s drawn Spider-man for fifteen years, working on almost every title starring the wall-crawler. At DC Comics, he worked on many of their major titles, including Superman, Justice League, Green Lantern Corps and Suicide Squad and most notably a five year run on Detective Comics starring Batman.
Currently he is working on Wolverine Infinite, IronMan and Captain America for Marvel, and Adventures of Superman for DC Comics.
Scott Hanna was recently awarded "Most Adaptable Inker" & "The Props Award" at the 2012 INKWELL award ceremony, becoming the most award winning inker in the entire history of the INKWELL awards. Scott also received the 2011 Inkwell Award for “Favorite Inker” and “Most Adaptable Inker”, the 2010 Inkwell Award for “Most Adaptable Inker”, the 2005 Wizard Fan Award for “Best Inker” and the 2002 Eisner award for “Best Serialized Story” - Amazing Spider-Man #30-35: “Coming Home”. His work appeared in the Smithsonian’s 9/11 anniversary exhibit with artwork from the book HEROES. He had a one man show at the Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield, MA; the Art of Scott Hanna, and his art was featured in a 2010 exhibit at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in NYC.
With guest appearances on national and local television, radio, museums, historical societies, libraries, the internet and national and international comic book conventions, Scott has made a name as an accomplished lecturer. He authored an article on the “inking process’ for Wizard magazine and taught sequential art at several local colleges and private art schools before helping launch the Arts and Fashion Institute™ in the Bucks County/Lehigh Valley area.
Scott Hanna is a third generation artist. His grandfather did manuscript and book illumination and his mother, Annette Hanna, is an award winning portrait and landscape artist who will be instructing on portraiture & plein air painting at AFI™. Scott majored in illustration at Pratt Institute in NYC.
Scott Hanna client list - Marvel Entertainment Group Intʼl - Marvel Comics, NYC 1992 to present Illustrator & inker on graphic novels & monthly comic books: Spiderman, X-Men, IronMan, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four, The Avengers, DareDevil, Ghost Rider, Captain America, Wolverine, Punisher. Inker on limited edition movie tie-ins/merchandising and on ABC-TVʼs “Castle” graphic novel for season 3 finale & season 4 premiere episodes. Time/Warner Entertainment - DC Comics, NYC 1988 to present Illustrator & inker on graphic novels & monthly comic books including Batman, Legends of the Dark Knight, Shadow of the Bat, Superman, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Green Lantern, Flash, Batman & Robin, Robin, Detective Comics, The Outsiders, Teen Titans, etc. Inker on limited edition Batman movie tie-ins & merchandising. TV Guide Inker on Spiderman magazine cover, issue for week of April 27-May 3, 2002 Wizard Magazine (national magazine for movie, comic & toy trades) 2003 Wrote & illustrated article on methods & stages in graphic novel visual story telling.
Scott Hanna TV appearances - Comcast Headline News Interview on Michener exhibit - “Art of the Graphic Novel”, 2010 “Geeks With Issues” (cable TV program) Guest speaker on talk show - Berkshire, MA 2009 Home Shopping Club Spokesperson/guest artist for comic book sales - 1995 QVC Network Spokesperson/guest artist for comic book memorabilia sales - 1993-4 NY1 News (NYCʼs 24 hr news) Featured interview on Batman storyline “Knightfall” 1993 Also many podcasts, youtube interviews & dozens of local news stories.
Scott Hanna gallery exhibits - Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, NYC “Spider-Man: 25 Yrs of Amazing” 2010 “Color of Comics” exhibit - Bronx NY, Philadelphia Miami & Africa 2010 S.A.P. Gallery, Pittsfield, MA - “The Art of Scott Hanna” 2009 Mixed Media Gallery, Doylestown, PA - “Scott Hanna & Annette Hanna” 2006 Smithsonian National Museum, Wash DC “September 11: Bearing Witness to History” 2002
Scott Hanna industry awards - “Inkwell” awards: 2011 Favorite Inker, 2011 Most Adaptable Inker, 2010 Most Adaptable Inker, Wizard Magazineʼs Wizard Fan award: 2004 Best Inker, Eisner award: 2002 Best Serialized Story
Scott Hanna teaching experience - Arts and Fashion Institute™-Figure Drawing, Artistic Anatomy, Still Life, Sequential Art, and Cartooning classes. 2012-present. Baum School of Art/Lehigh Carbon CC Figure Drawing & Sequential Art classes. 2010-11 Allentown Art Museum Taught sequential art, visual story telling, illustration. 2007, 2010 Michener Museum Doylestown Taught college & HS instructors how to use graphic novel format to inspire students.2010 Bucks County Library System Taught children sequential art & visual story-telling. 2006 Michener Museum Doylestown Taught sequential art, visual story telling, and illustration and lectured on animation. 2006 Bucks County Community College Taught continuing ed classes in sequential art. 2002
Scott Hanna Teaching Philosophy - "I believe every student must strive to put visual variety, excitement, focus & energy into their art and learn strong fundamentals, such as anatomy, lighting, composition & draftsmanship in order to develop their own unique styles. Art is a lifelong pursuit with perpetual growth & sharing."
Scott Hanna's education & professional apprenticeships - PRATT INSTITUTE - 1980-84 for BFA in Communication Design & Illustration - studied under renowned illustrator Barron Storrey (now teaching at Art Center in CA) Carl Lundgren - illustrator of sci-fi/fantasy covers (now w/Rock&Roll Hall of Fame) 1983-4 Rick Bryant - fine art illustrator & comic artist 1985
Pamela Ptak is the owner/designer of the Ready-To-Wear fashion line “Pamela Ptak.”, which creates ladies dresses &
separates and casual menswear with intriguing and unusual lines,
textures & motifs. She also designs custom couture gowns under the
label “Ptak Couture™”. See alsowww.pamelaptak.com
To understand Pamela Ptak's level of design skill, knowledge, enthusiasm & professionalism, simply turn to the fashion experts & writers who have given her work their public critique.
• During a taped interview for the Lifetime television program "Project Runway" celebrated mentor Tim Gunn
told Pamela Ptak "I think you are on the cusp of something big." and of
her garments "These are among the most beautifully constructed clothes
I've ever seen."
• From writer Jennifer Smith Tapp..."Bucks
County resident and couturier Pamela Ptak is in the business of making
wedding and holiday-in-Capri fantasies come true." and "More proof that
the stars in the fashion galaxy do not all shine in New York City or
• And Kathryn Clark writes...“Bucks County
couturier Pamela Ptak lives, breathes, loves and creates high fashion…An
ocean away from Paris, she nevertheless designs clothing in the
tradition of Haute Couture, using the old French methods for draping and
Pamela Ptak received her bachelors degree in Art & Design from Pratt Institute and did further studies in fashion design and pattern making at the French founded Maison Sapho School of Dressmaking & Design and at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City...a total of 8 years of higher education.
She’s a frequent lecturer on design & creativity across the US, owner of the Arts and Fashion Institute™ www.ArtsandFashionInstitute.com, a fashion study program initiated in 2003 to inspire and advance the skills of fashion design professionals, fashion college grads and fine sewing enthusiasts which now includes instruction in fine arts and comic book arts. She is the author of “Fashion Portfolios 101: Presentation Techniques for Independent Designers & Dressmakers” (Glass Lane Press, 2003) (available through her studio) which she wrote to assist home sewers wishing to establish their own home-based fashion design businesses.
Her fashion illustrations have been included in exhibitions & exhibit catalogs at Le Musee des Arts Asiatique in Nice, France, at the Puck Gallery in NYC and on the ABC-TV program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. Her work & studio were featured on Lifetime TV when she was a fashion designer on Project Runway Season 7. Her studio was featured on WLVT-TV’s PBS program Tempo and she has been profiled onWWW.VIVMAG.COM, WWW.SOCOMAGAZINE.COM, featured in print in the Feb/March 2010 issue of Soco Magazine and the Fall Couture Fashion issue of Bucks magazine. Her garments have graced the cover & cover stories in the 2012 & 2013 Couture issues of Stitches Magazine. Her newspaper write-ups are too numerous to list, but you may read a small selection on the press page atwww.pamelaptak.com
Pamela curates fashion design exhibits for design schools & her gallery featuring garments by major international designers. She curated the 2012 Allentown, PA exhibit "Frock & Roll: Fashion That Rocks", regular exhibits at AFI™ and will be featured in two regional fashion exhibits in 2014.
To assist each student in the development of their own individual voice & vision while training them with the highest & most competitive artistic & aesthetic standards. To present every conceivable technique which students can utilize in their personal design. To empower them to find the greatness within them.
EDUCATION BFA Pratt Institute, NYC (graduated with high honors) Fashion Institute of Technology (maintained 4.0) Maison Sapho School of French Dressmaking & Design
Teaching Experience Arts and Fashion Institute™ - Fashion Draping, Pattern Making, Fashion Illustration, Creative Sewing, Couture Corseted Evening Wear, Haute Couture Textures, and her own Radical Free Draping™ and Radical Pattern Design LCCC/Baum School of Art, Lehigh Cty – Fashion Draping, Flat Pattern Making, Illustration Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA – Designed & taught the Couture Corseted Evening Wear classes for the Graduate Degree Program
Professional Experience 1994 – Present, “Pamela Ptak” and “Ptak Couture”, women’s RTW and couture line Spring 2007 – custom draper & patternmaker for F/W collection of Shelley Steffee Feb. 2003 – 2006, seasonal freelance sewing/embellishing - Chado Ralph Rucci, NYC
In a past life, Project Runway designer Pamela Ptak
must have been a motivational speaker. Okay, so maybe she was an
evangelist, or a siren, something like that. Who can really know? What I
do know is that she has charisma, and an energy that is contagious. I
am sure that she puts this charisma to good use when she teaches, and
based on this interview alone, I highly recommend finding any way
possible to sample that, first hand. She’s a local girl, residing just
north of Philly. She teaches at Drexel, Baum School of Art, and in
various cities across the U.S. by way of her “Camp Couture.” She’s
available to speak and teach at your sewing event. If you do hire her to
speak, she’ll even stay in your spare room instead of a hotel to help
save you cash. Now, how can you not want to run out and book her right
away while the getting is good?
Ironically, it may have been this
effervescent, magnetic and composed personality that caused her to be
aufed so soon. Simply said, she was just too much of a goody two-shoes
to keep on. To that possibility, she offers “You want an opponent who is
going to play the game with you.” Pamela is just not in that “space”.
She says she falls in love easily and in the brief time that she was on
the show she fell in love with the cast. She sees herself as a Hermione
Granger type with a tender heart. That nature kept her from properly
defending her burlap look. “Some of the things I could have said to
defend, in my impression, they would have caused harm to the heart of
someone. And it would have either caused harm to the heart of a model,
or it would have caused harm to the heart of a contestant whom I cared
Always the teacher at heart, she had a second agenda for
her time on the show. She already knew her skill level was at haute
couture level, so she did not try to run practice challenges—those are
pretty hard to do outside the confines of the show anyway. It’s all just
too artificial to try to duplicate at home. Instead, she chose a way to
prepare that was a bit unorthodox, and with a mind toward that second
agenda of hers. “I did as much spiritual preparation as I could because I
wanted to be a good example to my students: Behaving properly, and not
cheating, or slapping someone, or stabbing them in the back. If I held
to that high standard, then in my viewpoint, I won by holding to the
standard that is the representation, of what a Baha’i would do in the
It was her faith that helped her find a lot of good
in her not continuing on the show. She wanted to show in Bryant Park,
but that was not what she had prayed for in her spiritual preparation
for the show. She had prayed to God that he would help her follow His
will, not hers. She had asked that if anything was bad for her on the
show—bad for her soul, her body, her faith—then He should get her off.
“I believe it was not the judges who got me off, because their reason
for kicking me off was wrong. Didja notice? Hello? The right reason was
that you threw your aesthetic out the window. So I really think it was
God that got me off the show, not the judges. He used their mouths to do
it.” Always the obedient girl, she was happy to go.
It was her
obedience that caused her to “go” early in her career as well. Pamela
had been dabbling in fashion since she was a small child. Just recently
she found some of her childhood fashion collections under her
grandmother’s carpet from when she was 5 years old. “It’s even got code
numbers on the collection.” Yep. This one had it bad. Still, she left it
all behind because of some advice she got at school. She stopped sewing
altogether, save for Halloween costumes, for 15 very long years.
reason I actually diverged from the path of fashion design was that a
very well-meaning teacher at college looked at my portfolio, saw that I
could draw and paint and was a painter himself … and strongly encouraged
me not to go into fashion, but to do drawing and painting—probably
because he loved drawing and painting himself so much. And because I was
a very goody two-shoes—you’re going to keep hearing me say that: I was a
very goody two-shoes kid, I obeyed adults when they told me things.
That may also be partly why when the model wanted short and tight,
sporty, and whatever—why I did it too. Because being good, being
obedient, being helpful, trying to please people is a part of my
Being obedient—and getting aufed—paid off this time
around. Not that spending years winning design awards for her graphic
art did not. It’s just that fashion has always been her first love, and
now she is poised to launch herself into the field with the push of
Project Runway’s publicity to propel her forward. Being aufed early has
afforded her time, and permission, to do things she could not have done
had she stayed on longer. “Many, many good things are happening: Getting
a showroom in NYC. Showing at Coterie. If I had stayed on for 5 or 6
weeks, it couldn’t have happened, because I would have been in the limbo
of nobody knowing I’m off.”
Now that she is off, she is free to
root for her favorite to win, and she was very frank about the topic as
she gushed about the skill level of the contestants. However, only one
can win. She says she likes Ben or Jay or Ping (because of her vision),
to win. “I really tend toward designers who actually have skill at
pattern making, not just surface decoration. I think surface decoration
is beautiful, but if you are working with a silhouette that just every
single time: Match the body, stick some stuff on it. Match the body,
stick some stuff on it; anybody can do that. They just have to get skill
at technical surfaces. To do things that form differently around the
body, that to me is much more challenging.”
She certainly has
enough ahead of her to provide ample challenges as she moves forward
with her ready-to-wear line. “This time it will be 100% my vision, and
nobody else will own the clothes.” She says she also brought back a
lesson for her students: “You don’t always win, but that doesn’t mean
don’t try.” She laughs and adds “I’m a glass half full, can you tell?”
Yes, Pamela. We can tell, and we can’t wait for you to spill that
half-full glass all over the fashion world.