Comics Basics TRACK: Lesson 3

Prompt

Create a 4 panel comic based on a birthday party you had at some point in your life.

comics techniques
  • Point of View
  • Portraying the passing of time
  • Backgrounds
  • Props
art media

Use any art media you want: digital and/or traditional art media. Consider beforehand whether you want to do a black and white comic, or a comic with color.

Recommended software

ProcreateKritaAdobe PhotoshopClip Studio PaintPaint Tool SAIAdobe Fresco, MediBang Paint, Gimp

Artist recommendations

Sunday Funnies: Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes, Pogo, Moomin

Examples

Cindy Qiao
Clar Angkasa
Julie Sharpe

Sketching Ideas for Comics

See a demo of how to quickly sketch ideas for comics in Procreate. Tips for starting include how to start designing a character for the comic, what style to use for that character, and discussing elements of comics like point of view, comic panels, timing, storytelling, and more. Drawing demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Cat Huang.

How to Start a Comic

Learn all the logistics and art skills you’ll need to start a comic. There are many components to the process: coming up with the idea for the comic, determining the length, the panel format, designing the environments and characters, the drawing process, figuring out what art media to work in, and more. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Alex Rowe and Cat Huang.

Share Your Progress

Post your ongoing progress in the #artprof-tracks channel in our Discord, you’ll get support and feedback from out staff and the community!

Tag us on Instagram @art.prof with #artproftrack to show us what you make! We love sharing what you create in our Instagram Stories