Emma is sick today so I'm subbing in! My topic is about art: 5 areas to work on that will help you become a better comic artist.
The first and most important is practice. The more you do the better you get. Draw every day and try new things, even if it's just for fun. I've seen people go from rudimentary skills to expert in a pretty short time just from constant practice.
Drawing figures from imagination is ok and from photos is even better, but nothing beats drawing from life. It helps you improve the “weight” of your figures, i.e. how they balance in any pose, and also understand how shadows and lighting radically change how a figure looks. This applies just as much to stylised, non-realistic art.
Comic art means repetition and that means simplification. The more you have to draw something the simpler it should be so it's easier and faster to do each time without making mistakes. Remove internal lines and extraneous detail, save that for cover art. Focus on the main shapes and important details only.
These make comic art 100% better! Just try not to overpower figures that are the focus of a panel. Background should be background… make it lighter, lines less thick and black etc. Plain colour, blurred figures, sketchy lines and many other things make good backgrounds. But try not to use photos. Usually.
Lastly there's consistency! Whatever you draw should be relatively repeatable so that audiences get to know your style and focus on the story. It doesn't matter if your art is a bit rough and your figures are not quite right etc, as long as the art is consistent it makes up for it all. Just stay in the same style with the same colours and the audience will be happy.
What are your top five art skill tips?
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