Why hello fellow comic creators! Ever stopped and wondered what is it about each webcomic that makes them feel like a unique journey into an artist's imagination? Well today, I’m spilling the ink on why drawing styles matter so much in the magical world of webcomics and why it’s worth embracing your own style!
When you walk into a gallery, it’s apparent that every piece of work is unique in its execution; from its subject to their use of colour and lighting. Even artworks from similar moments of times differ in their portrayal of scene or person. They evoke a particular emotion or draw your attention to certain details. Every painting has its own distinct style. Webcomics are no different. Each creator brings their unique visual language to the table, creating a kaleidoscope of styles that range from doodle-driven charm to intricate masterpieces.
Your drawing style sets the tone for your comic as well. They're the first impression, the visual handshake between you and the reader. Even as your skills as a visual storyteller improves with time and practice, there will be quirks to your work that will remain embedded in your style. Maybe it’s the way you draw expressions or a potential fixation on hands. There will be something in the way you deliver your story that people will connect with that.
Consistency is key. Whether it's stick figures or elaborate landscapes, a consistent drawing style is the glue that holds a webcomic together. It creates a visual rhythm, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the story without missing a beat.
That said though, in the beginning you may find yourself experimenting with different styles, layouts or colours. A series I have been working on for some time has changed its style multiple times as I tried to find a method that I felt fit the story. This does happen and is, in my opinion, one of the beautiful things about webcomics. They are your journey. So when you encounter times where you feel your style is in flux, embrace it. Allow yourself the freedom to loosen the reigns of consistency and explore.
Ultimately, drawing styles make webcomics unforgettable. They're the visual thumbprint that distinguishes one creator's work from another. So, the next time you find yourself scrolling through your favorite webcomic, or even your own, take a moment to savor the strokes, lines, and quirks that make the drawing style a silent storyteller. It's the brushstrokes of brilliance that turn webcomics into timeless works of art.
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