As I was scrolling through Instagram I saw a video from a fellow comic creator. They were demonstrating how they went about drawing shoes. They opened up a sheet and, here’s the kicker, the sheet was full of shoes at different angles. They just copied and pasted the angle they needed. It was so fast!
Using assets is a great way of speeding up the comic process. There are a number of places you can go to get premade assets or you can make them yourself. For those of you who use Clip Studio Paint (and if not, you really should! It is amazing for comics!), you have access to an endless collection of premade assets from hands, to feet, to sunrises to sunsets.
I am always trying to find shortcuts in my comic making process. To move my art along, I have also used 3D models made in SketchUp to create backgrounds, or just to get the angle of a room right. Like CSP, SketchUp also has a library you can pull from, making backgrounds so much easier to create.
Assets also include backgrounds or settings you draw yourself. I have a number of scenes where I have drawn the room or the building in its entirety, using layers to change the lighting depending on the weather/time of day.
I use these assets as establishing shots in my comics. Not only does it save me time it also solidifies the location in the reader’s mind, so it’s a good story telling device to keep in your back pocket.
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