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.
- Part 1: sketching and developing a piranha cartoon.
- Part 2: sketching a comic based on the film Jane Eyre.
- Starting with reference photos of piranhas to begin sketching a comic.
- Where do we begin? Warming up with quick sketches of piranhas.
- Draw different viewpoints of the piranhas, pare down the line work.
- Draw the piranha in 1 minute so you can sketch quickly and boil it down.
- Should you draw the piranha realistically, or in a more stylized manner?
- You can start more realistically and then ask yourself what details you can leave out.
- Is a cartoon a design that has no details?
- Find out what is the most important characteristic of the piranha: teeth.
- What features do I need so people can identify it as a piranha.
- How do you define what a cartoon is, is it exaggeration?
- Study how the piranha looks and how it moves.
- A character in a comic has to be drawn over and over again.
- Assigning a specific mood to a drawing, an “angry piranha,” a “happy piranha,” etc.
- Trying to determine the number of panels you want your comic to have.
- Start by scribbling out the comic, and then editing it down.
- Think sequentially when drawing thumbnails, don’t try to plan too much.
- Creating a Jane Eyre comic where Prof Lieu is part of the story.
- Thumbnail sketches help you work out the story in advance.
- Ask yourself: what is the opening scene?
- Writing notes on the side while you sketch is helpful.
- Making sound effects while you draw a comic helps you brainstorm the ideas.
- Adding speech bubbles in the thumbnail sketch process is helpful.
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