How to Become a Comic Artist
Like an oil painting, a watercolor, or a photo, comics have direct and meaningful property. Comics can evoke feelings in us at first sight, which is not necessarily the case with every novel or literary work.
What Makes Comics So Popular?
Stories have been told in pictures since the dawn of humanity. After all, before writing was invented, images were the only way to leave your mark on earth. Just think of the stone age cave drawings!
But even after the invention of many different techniques for artistic expression (drawing, painting, literature, poetry, photography, cinema, theater), images remain a concise and important way of spreading art and culture.
Comics tell a story with pictures, which automatically makes it more impressive. Whether it is a caricature, political drawing, comics for children, or manga, every section of the story is immediately visually burned into the minds of the readership, thus leaving deeper impressions.
According to a 2010 Canadian study, comic books can significantly impact children's interest in reading. They are easy to read and pleasantly quick to read, so comics are a good transition between spoken language and literature.
Draw Comics Yourself: The Basics
It would be best to do some basic thinking before you draw your first box and your comic book heroes. Unlike a normal drawing, comics are ultimately entire books that tell a story.
Therefore, just like any other book author, you have to define several elements before you can start drawing your comic when writing a novel. After all, comics can be called graphic novels. It would be best if you, therefore, thought about these aspects at the beginning:
The characters: who are your heroes? What are their physical and personal characteristics, how do they live, what relationships they have with one another, etc.?
The tone: There are many different types of comic books. Humorous, adventure story, fantasy, manga ... This choice will have a great influence on your further course, and it is reflected in terms of content, but also your drawings.
The topic: What should your comic be about? Which topic is the central plot about? What message do you want to convey with your story?
The plot: The common thread in your comic. You need to know how your story begins, goes, and ends before you can start drawing.
Your comic format: is it a short story or a comic series like One Piece that you want to develop over decades?
Things to Keep in Mind While Drawing Comic
With these elements, you can sketch your story, i.e., strategically prepare your storylines before you sit down to the cartoon pictures. Similar to the way a drawing artist, painter, or photographer searches for a motif, the comic artist must ask himself several questions to make his comic book a success:
- Do I want to tell a funny or serious story?
- Who are my main characters, and what is their background?
- How do my characters get to know each other, through which interactions?
- What message do I want to convey to my readers?
These questions will help you develop the so-called storyboard. Of course, you also have to think about how you write your script. Where do the scenes take place, in which country, which city, region? How do you convey this and similar information to your readers?
It is also important that you choose a familiar topic. It is much easier to create a particular feeling or mood when your readers are familiar with a situation. How happy it is to be ashamed when something unfortunate happens to Donald Duck that may remind you of a situation of your own.