This video is part 2 of our comics curriculum for self-taught artists which reviews prompts and exercise for practicing your comics skills, comics history, what comics are like today, and more resources for learning comics on your own.
- Comics history
- Where did comics begin?
- The Bayeux Tapestry can be considered a comic, it’s sequential art that tells a story.
- The Yellow Kid started as a journalistic comic.
- Winsor McCay was a landmark comic artist and animator.
- Where have you seen a comic, that wasn’t labeled as a comic?
- The visual language of Nancy is extremely simple, which allows them to have broader appeal.
- Becassine was a comic about an everyday person in regular life.
- A lot of comics have been transformed into video games and movies, many people don’t know they started as comics.
- Golden age of comics: 1938 – 1956 in the United States. ‘
- Consider that color can really inform a story.
- Typically people associate comics with superhero comic
- Where should you start if you have a very ambitious comic in mind?
- You need to gain a lot of skills first before starting a big comic project.
- Comics prompts
- Art media for comics
- Non photo blue pencils
- Pencils & drafting tools
- Pen & inks, paper, erasers, markers, dip pens
- Basic skills for comics
- In comics you really have to draw everything: people, animals, spaces, props, buildings, etc.
- Long Term Comic Projects
- You have to be prepared to draw things multiple times in comics.
- A big comic project requires a lot of stamina and planning.
- Do your research! You’ll need to portray subjects accurately.
- Writing for comics
- Many comic artists don’t consider story and writing enough.
- Writing a script for your comic can be very useful.
- Printing hard copy comics
- People really appreciate hard copy comics.
- Try different formats: zines, art books, print on demand.
- Cat’s Mama Bruja comic
Artists & Artworks mentioned
Pencils & Drafting
- Non photo blue pencil
- Pacific Arc Ames Lettering Guide
- Plastic Triangle
- Alvin Tech-Matic Leadholder
- Pentel Mechanical Pencil
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