Hello guys, I’m starting a series of how to create a comic. I know the title sounds weird, but it stands for Comic Creating Part 1, Art Style. The reason I abbreviate the title is because I love this theme but it makes all the letters on my titles automatically capitalized, which Ms. Bayona says is not allowed. This is because she is grading us on our capitalization, and if all the title’s letters are capitalized she can’t tell which ones I manually capitalized. By abbreviating, everything is meant to be capitalized so I think I can keep my theme then.
Anyway, I’m not a professional comic maker, but I do draw comics in my spare time. Comics are great to make if you love making stories and drawing. I may not continue this series because I’m lazy but I’m going to try to continue it for now.
Every comic has a distinctive art style. Whether it’s stick figures, animals, or simple shapes, it always has a unique style that the author came up with. When making comics, I suggest using an art style that is unique to you. I know it’s easy to just use stick figures, but add something else to the stick figures, like they all wear red shoes or something else. Take Garfield for example. The eyes are curved and it shows a more interesting style than just drawing dot eyes. (Drawing dot eyes aren’t bad, but there should be other factors that make your art style unique)
Why is it important to have a unique art style? Well when you use a distinct art style, it looks more pleasing to the eye and people will remember your comics better since the art is unique.
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So I know you make think the second one is more appealing to the eye, but which style would you remember better? I definitely would remember the first one better. Why? Well the face is unique, and it has interesting details like red shoes or open mouths.
Many comics won’t be colored at all, and that’s totally fine. I particularly like coloring the smallest things, like just the trees or just a few characters, but that’s it.
It depends one what you want to be more apparent to the audience. Do you want them to look at your art or the writing? If you want both, I suggest having a simpler art style, but coloring it more. Having a complex style and not coloring would take away from the writing, but also not really show to much art skill. Of course, it would be best to have both a complex style and be completely colored, but that’s pretty hard and will take a long time.
That being said, don’t go over board with colors. It can get a little hard to read and see the comic.
It really just depends on the style. Some styles suit colors, others don’t. I think that less is more when it comes to comics, but it’s up to you. Comics are a lot like animations that youtubers make and most aren’t super colored.
The last thing I want to talk about it being consistent with your art style. If you have a simple style here, then you must have a simple style everywhere else. You can’t be drawing stick humans, but then pixel art cats, and then realistic trees, it just doesn’t look good.
You should know how to create different things in your style. You must know how to make animals in your style, plants in your style, and anything in your style that will be in your comic. If your comic only has humans, then you don’t need to know this part but most comics have multiple kinds of things. It’ll look a lot better that way and your comics will feel more like professional comics.
So that’s all I wanted to say in this post! Hope you learned something!
You don’t really have to follow anything I said if you don’t want to. Comics are your work and there are many ways to make them.