i plan on writing a comic, do you know any tips that could help me with that?
(As an art focused blog I’m going to take it that when you say ‘write’ you mean doing the entire thing and not just writing the plot and dialog.)
Well, I don’t draw comics that much these days, but I’ll give you what advice I can. I’ll also point out some helpful tutorials those who do draw comics have done.
You’ll probably have an idea of where you want to go with your comic- but plotting out your story and characters should come first. Have a sheet handy for each character that includes a simple turn around (front, back, and side view) so that you can reference it and keep the character consistent looking. (Especially if the character has a more complex costume.) On this sheet also include a few character basics that you may need to remember like height, talents, or even favorite food. Basically stuff that you might otherwise forget when you’re in the middle of a story.
Even in regular art sketching out a small fast composition/layout of your image before you start building on it is good practice. For comics I should think its even more important. Consider that your panels’ shapes can evoke mood just as much as the content you put inside them and play around with the layout and composition of your comic page.
Don’t tell. Show. Perspective, color, and lighting can also evoke emotion to help move the story along. Use these to tell your story more effectively in areas without text. Is your character sad and vulnerable in this frame? Consider a slightly downward looking angle over the character and color the frame with shadows of blue tint. Keep the lighting sparse and broken up or even just from a single light source that barely reaches over the character. The angle makes them small and vulnerable, the blue tint makes their sad feelings more apparent, and the small bit of light highlights the fact that they’re in shadow (sad) instead of in the light (happy).
Thanks for all the great emails and questions about putting a portfolio together. I’ve been getting a lot of the same questions and decided it would be a better use of my time to write it all out. I’ve derived the content from from my own experience and internships before having a full-time job. As you’ll read, a portfolio is the most important thing you’ll do when applying to a job. I’ve tried to be as detailed as possible.
These are the first five pages in a series of posts about how to layout a portfolio, including content, images, size, material and everything in between. Part I is for the artist still deciding what to do for a discipline. I’ve catered the last three pages to a visual development portfolio for animation but the principles can be applied to any artistic presentation (illustration, design, even interior design).
These are my opinions and I realize there are many ideas out there which are also fantastic. What I have written are simple truths and tips I’ve learned along the way. This doesn’t represent a studio I work or will work for. I hope it is helpful and can provide some perspective into a competitive portfolio and help you land your next job!
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