Three Things I Found Helpful

I would like to share three things that have helped me out since I started learning about making comics. The featured image is a recreation of a comic book cover that I made on a scratch board.

First off, I’d like to help eliminate a bit of confusion about ‘what is an “art style”?’ I’m not going to go into length about it, there are plenty of people who have done so elsewhere, and that’s not what this blog is about anyway. I’m going to explain this very simply with some reader participation (totally optional). Now, pick something, anything at all and draw it, congratulations! That is your “art style”. Confused? All the term “art style” means is how you draw things, it really is that simple.

Second, this book by Scott McCloud: Understanding Comics, helped me to understand what actually goes on within the pages of a comic book, it also talks about what goes on in between the panels and why artists should really think about that so-called “empty” space.

And finally, below is a YouTube video by a comics artist username LavenderTowne, where she talks about some mistakes beginner comic artists make and how to avoid them. So check it out, and in the comments let me know if anything was at all helpful or interesting to you.

10 thoughts on “Three Things I Found Helpful

  1. Travis, I watched your Youtube video to the end. It was fascinating. Thanks for sharing this. It also gave me a great appreciation for the art of comics. I am looking forward to following your blog.

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  2. What do you think of Weebly as an artist/portfolio web host site? My niece is a comic/graphic artist and uses Weebly. As a writer, the advice in your video is perfect. The skeleton, not the meat of the page is something I need to know before I start the story.

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  3. This is a really interesting topic! I was never much of a comic book reader, and certainly never wrote or illustrated any comic books, but when I was in my late teens/early twenties and living in San Diego, I got the opportunity to work in a comic book shop. It was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. My coworkers and the customers were great. I like the video you shared. I like videos that feature animation and images. I’m a science major, and one of my favorite biology study tools is a youtube channel called The Amoeba Sisters. They make videos that are super informative and are basically like reading comic books about biology. If you ever need to take a biology class, I highly recommend their videos for a fun way to study!

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  4. I’ve never been much of a comic book reader myself, but I know plenty of people growing up who did. My best friend’s dad collected a lot of Archie comics that I remember seeing as a young kid, and I found it fascinating. I’m really looking forward to learning more about this topic! I can appreciate the artwork that goes into it all.

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  5. Let me just say that picture at the top is amazing! I like that you explained a little about what “art style” is, I believe that term could be used in a lot of different ways to explain what the persons style is like. Everyone has their own unique style. The video was also very useful for what you were talking about, good job!

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