Comics have a way of making us experience laughter, sadness, excitement, or any other emotion or power of a visual story. For this reason, many people, regardless of age they still love reading comic books. Coming up with your own comic book can be a rewarding experience as comic is a good career that anyone can pursue and earn a living. Whether you are looking for an optometry job or to work as a respiratory therapist, you can still choose comics even as you pursue your career. This article seeks to help you learn how to prepare yourself before getting down to comics drawing:
Write down the basics
A comic is like a narrative told through sequential images known as frames or panels. Even one frame comic needs to have a sense of forward movement. In that sense, you need to understand that a comic is not different from any other form of story-telling and so it follows certain conventions when it comes to settings, characters, tone, themes, and conflict.
Write what you know
The best way to make your comics seem real is to write what you know. This way, you will be able to put your style and voice in your writing and hinder you from copying too much from other artists.
Decide on style
Since you are creating comics, your visual style needs to be the first aspect of your comic that a reader will encounter. For this reason, you need to choose a style that matches both your images and the story that you have in mind. The best way to do this is to experiment until a style that feels natural to draw and write.
Pick a format
There are no set conventions when it comes to format. Even though comics fall into 3 categories, which are single frame, strip, and page length, which is a comic book, by experimenting with the three formats, this may help you find the one that suits your story, settings, and characters.
Write a script to create a rough draft
The length and details of the script will differ depending on the style of your comic. A single frame comic might have only one or two lines, but regardless of this, you need to write it out as it will determine how well the story reads. To achieve this, write down your script as a sequence of frames and treat each frame as a separate scene to help you with the flow of the story. However, make sure that the dialogue does not dominate the frame. This is because a comic is a visual medium and so a lot of your action and the implied meaning will be conveyed via the illustrations and so you should not let text overpower the images.
Sketch out the frames
You need not to worry on the accuracy of the sizes as you will be creating story-board thumbnails. You can do this as you create the script. This is because this rough sketch will help you visualize the flow of your comic. Another thing, focus on how characters will be placed in the frame, where the action will occur, and how the dialogue will fit in the drawing. Once you are done drawing the thumbnails, now try wrapping their order or make adjustments to change the impact of the strip.
Evidently, comic drawing is not as heard as you might have perceived it to be. Just follow the above tips and start this awesome and rewarding career.