Today I thought I’d quickly post some pictures of how I draw faces and how I set up my comics. Throughout this semester, the way I’ve gone about drawing people and how I’ve set up my comics has changed. I think this is from the natural evolution of my style and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. I will also say that I’m still growing and trying to find my own style. I don’t think I’ve quite found it, but I have definitely come closer finding it.
First, here is how I draw faces. I learned this technique last spring from an interdisciplinary class I took called “Communication and the Face”.
Next, here is how I currently create my comics. I’ve learned having a fully planned out comic– from the dialogue and basic poses to the layout of the panels– is extremely helpful. It may take a little more time, but the end result is much cleaner and well thought out.
I hope this has provided a little more insight on how I create my comics!
Throughout these last few weeks, I’ve been writing about the history of comics and creating my own, sometimes emulating or at least referencing comics I’ve talked about. I think it is necessary for me to create a comic each week and include it. Not only do I enjoy making these comics, the obligation (I’ve set for myself) helps develop my creativity and helps improve my skills. Today, I wanted to share with you how I go about making my own comics.
1) Most of the time, I think about the topic of that week’s blog. From there, an intense brainstorming session takes place. Sometimes no ideas come to me, sometimes they are all horrible ideas, and sometimes, the figurative light bulb goes off. No matter what, I always make a comic.
The important thing is to CREATE—even if it isn’t my best work, it’s worth it just to put something together.
1a) Even if I’m not making a comic for the blog, I’ll start off with a simple idea. I still might brainstorm, but most of the time it just occurs to me that something might make for a funny comic.
2) I make a simple sketch of the potential comic.
3) The sketchbook comes out and pencil goes to paper. I use pencil first because I make LOTS of mistakes.
4) Inking! (Hopefully, I don’t mess up in this stage)
5) Coloring! (If I feel like it…or if I think it’ll enhance the comic)
My process is pretty straightforward and simple, but there it is. If you do something different or have any suggestions, let me know! I would love to hear from you!
Preliminary sketch of the comic
My drawing mannequin- it helps me visualize poses