TECHNIQUES FOR DRAWING AND DRAWING STYLES
Have you thought about how you want your comic to look in its finished form? Will it be in colour or black and white? What you choose can depend on your skill and style. If your artwork already involves a lot of colour, then you will obviously try and do a comic with colour. Think about what inspires you. This will influence your style and drawing techniques.
Another thing to consider is how people will read your comic. Do you want your comic to be read online or to be published in the traditional printed format?
Your personal style will be shaped by what inspires and influences you and will develop the more you draw. If you are good at painting, then paint the comic. If you are good at illustration, focus on that.
Work station & equipment:
Work Station & Equipment
A light box is very useful tool for any artist.
There are a few different ways you can colour your comic. You can do it the traditional way or use a computer. The easiest method to colour drawings I’ve found is to draw the picture by hand then scan it into the computer. Then I colour the picture on my computer. The method you use will depend on what tools and equipment you have at your disposal. If you don’t have access to the computer equipment you need, you can do it the traditional way by drawing the picture and colouring using water colours, felt pens, pastels or whatever you like. Think about how you are using colour. Does it work as a functional element for your story or are you just adding decoration to your drawing?
Dramatic contrast: black and white
Hatching and Cross-Hatching is a shading method used to create dimension and mood. The most effective way to use hatching is using it in black and white drawings.
Hatching & Cross Hatching 1
Hatching & Cross Hatching-2
Movement & devices:
With illustrations and cartooning, there are many different devices that can be used to quickly convey noises, actions or internal thoughts. These exaggerations are heavily used in the cartooning profession to depict and emphasize comedic elements. These images give greater emphasis to ordinary subjects and situations or can be used to show things that are not actually present in the static picture.
Body movement can be illustrated in a number of ways by the movement being illustrated or by the use of devices to imply motion. You can draw movement directly by having the body in a particular state of motion, for example running, jumping or falling. Angles and perspective can also help emphasize movement. Body language is also a great way to express internal feelings and expression of your character. Body language is something we all use and observe in the outside world every day. It may be as simple as someone resting their head in their hands to show boredom or a figure leaning in a relaxed position will infer a casual presence in the picture.
This is an exaggerated perspective effect applied to characters and objects. Foreshortening is used for characters or objects so they appear to be coming at the viewer from the page which helps with melodramatic impact. This also creates the illusion of things being near or far away.
Distortion & simplification:
Expressions are essential for an illustrator to learn. By distorting or exaggerating a character’s features, you can convey different emotions and feelings in your story. This can be shown through the character’s body expression and, of course, through facial expression.
Light and shade:
This is another way to generate a mood and feeling in your picture. For example having your picture very darkly shaded you can create drama and suspense. By working with the three dimensions of the objects, people and places, you will be able to create an atmosphere for the image.
The light coming from different directions affects the light and shadows on the object.
Light & Shade
Don’t overdo it. The main part must still be integrated with the other elements in the image
There are different ways you can direct your readers to a point of view. This helps lead the audience through the story and helps with the continuity of the pictures. An example of this is a close up on a characters face.
If working on paper, it can be quite difficult to change or correct mistakes in your work, especially if you’re using ink or another medium that is not easily removed. There are a number of ways to correct your work:
Patching from above:
Place and glue a specially cut piece of paper over your mistake. Paint over the edges of the paper with white paint to hide the line.
If you’re using a computer to finish your drawings, corrections will be much easier with the use of layers and the eraser tool.
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