View Full Version : How To Start Drawing Comics
08-24-2003, 12:17 PM
I am interested in drawing Heroes and stuff. But I really don't know how to start.. could anyone point me on some points? I don't have a wacom.. since i have no money for it, what should i be doing then ( no not working :@ ) so please help me out here.
Thanks in advance,
Step 1: Grab a pencil.
Step 2: Grab some paper.
Step 3: Press and drag said pencil across said paper, creating a variety of lines which, when viewed as a whole, will resemble heroes of a superior nature to viewers.
08-24-2003, 06:59 PM
When I read step 3, it made me laugh out loud. So that's how it works...
08-24-2003, 07:27 PM
If only Mike would follow his own advice.
I was actually going to follow my own post up with that, Mr. Maybury x 3, but I thought it would be hitherto ungentlemanly.
08-24-2003, 07:30 PM
damn you and your dictionary!!!
Those all came from my head!
08-24-2003, 08:05 PM
damn your head!
08-24-2003, 08:11 PM
The best way to start drawing comics is really not that far from Mike's advice though... you start by drawing, and by reading books on how others achieve their techniques, and by studying and practicing, practicing, practicing. The time it takes for your skills to reach a point at which you can reasonably expect to be recieved well by the industry and the community varies from person to person, but it generally takes a few years of solid, steady drawing practice while your learn the skills required and the various non-art-related practices that are also necessary, such as contract negotiations, effective supply acquisition, etc.
It's not easy, and it doesn't happen quickly, but anyone dedicated enough can get into this.
08-24-2003, 08:12 PM
seriously, what are you lookin to do? you want tips on how to do sequentials? or do you just want to know how we all got so good at drawing big mens and sexy ladies in tights? if you are going for the second, you should just take some drawing classes and buy yourself "how to draw comics the marvel way. that covers a lot of the basics. then start posting your work on these boards and we will tear it apart and tell you how to get better. its not the kind of thin where we can answer you with, "i couldnt draw a lick till i started sleeping on my left side instead of my right! switched sides then WAMMO! i could draw like davinci and joe madureira all rolled into one!". just practice, and by the way, you dont need a wacom. like mike said, just get a cheap sketch book for now. then, if you are good, some bristol board. after you have been doin it for awhile, and you know you wanna keep doin it, then drop the few hundred dollars on a tablet. k? k.
Originally posted by vinnlander1313
seriously, what are you lookin to do? you want tips on how to do sequentials? or do you just want to know how we all got so good at drawing big mens and sexy ladies in tights?
But mostly the big mens. ;mrt;
Seriously, though. I checked your DA page, Klaas, and you have good design skills, but I didn't notice any drawings yet. Don't rely on your claases to teach you how to draw. Sure, they have a ton of knowlegde to impart upon you, but if you relegate your drawing to just your classtime, you're not going to progress very quickly.
Best thing to do is like I mentioned at the top: get a pencil and paper and just draw. Don't limit yourself to what you may have in your head, either. It's like when you were a kid and you learned to write. Look at other examples of what you're trying to draw and use them as templates. And the best template is everything you may see in front of you; people, cars, anything you can see.
08-25-2003, 09:14 AM
I thank everyone who replied with something serious. I will practice a lot, oh and mike thanks for the nice comment on my digital designs. I will draw some stuff soon, and upload it for you guys to show okay? But another thing if you scan your drawings, they are made with just a ;pencil; then you won't see it very clear, so what do people suggest me on how to improve it like that you will see the lines clearer!
08-25-2003, 09:17 AM
You can scan your pages at 300dpi or higher and much of it will not be lost, don't worry. Only a really crappy scanner in the hands of evil will look like a pixelated spaghetti dinner.
08-25-2003, 09:44 AM
hey guys i managed to get my hands on a book called:
Strip & Cartoon Tekenen, sorry it's dutch but it means: Cartoon drawing. And it tells me step by step how to do things.. the basics.
It tells me to get one character and make different drawings of it, and i've got a character in mind, but now how to draw him. I want to create a bit of gangster/matrix guy... has any got any tips or maybe some ehm examples?
Just grab some photos online and start drawing away.
08-25-2003, 07:50 PM
You know, as much as people give you the good ol' How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way and Dynamic Figure Drawing and Billy Joe's 10 Ways to Quick Perfection in Comics and some other crap, you really can't go wrong just grabbing a sketch book or 2 (different sizes) and a bag full of #2's and mechanical pencils, some sharpies and some markers and just going into a park or downtown or to a restaurant and just drawing everything you see. Forget about drawing capes and masks and Kirby Krackle, by the time you get good at drawing forks and sneakers and wrinkled skin and slouching kids and cars and power lines and birds, the rest of that stuff is going to seem like child's play because you won't have to learn it. Yes it's unglamorous and a slow process, but nothing can beat just going out and drawing.
If you want a step by step paint in the numbers approach, I'm sure we'll all have fun watching you go mad spending Sunday in the Park, right?
Rant done, best of luck.
08-26-2003, 07:57 AM
thanks very much you all, i'm drawing with hb now, and i've got some pretty nice eyes, mouths and noses. I'll be sure to upload some stuff as soon as i've got some papers full :D thank you everyone!
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