One of the challenges of drawing comics is that you will, inevitably have to put together a scene you have never attempted before. This is an incredibly daunting task as trying to translate what you have in your head (which is always amazing) to your hand can prove to be close to impossible some days.
So how can you go about making the process of drawing something you’ve never drawn before easier?
Use a reference
This is almost a no-brainer. We are super fortunate to have a limitless library of resources to aid us in constructing a scene. But how can you find a reference for something that’s never been drawn before?
Think about the elements of the place or creation is made up of. If it is a futuristic scene, have a look at modern architecture design or concept art from video games and movies. If it’s a creature, think about the different parts of it. What does it’s feet replicate, or it’s eyes? You can find a reference for specific part of the creature and if you’re particularly good at photoshop you might even be able to visually stitch it together.
Use “inspiration” dedicated libraries and sites
Finding it hard to find a reference through google images? Try inspiration dedicated sites like DeviantArt and Pinterest. The quality of reference material is much higher and their metadata is more directed than doing a basic google image search meaning you’re more likely to find a resource that suits your needs better. You can also save images to boards or folders which makes it a lot easier to find a past reference should you need it again which can be super useful if you're in a hurry.
Think about your drawing as shapes
This is an art class staple. The theory is that by breaking down an idea into basic shapes can help simplify the process. Once you get the basic form into your head, you can begin to manipulate it rather than tackling something complex straight away.
Being able to access so many professional tips and tricks can be invaluable. Not only can you begin to see how something can be constructed from the ground up, you can pick up on little tips and tricks to help make your drawings quicker and more accurate. Even if you’re proficient in drawing, going back and studying new ways to approach your art can help expand your repertoire which is never a bad thing!
How do handle drawing something you’ve never drawn before? What tips do you have for those struggling with it? Let us know in the comment section below. And join us on Sunday evening for our Quackchat at 5:30PM(EST)!
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Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, March 15, 2019
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