Monday, October 21, 2013

10 Rules for Drawing Comics

Bookmarked this site which looks to have some excellent pointers - hat-tip to Robin! Here's a quick, random culling:

3. Think all the time.
8. Motion Lines Are a Cheat
1. NEVER forget how much you love making comic books.
3. Let the land lie fallow, but harvest the crops while they're heavy on the vine.
10. Don't Listen to Any Dumb Rules.
7. Avoid computers when possible. 

Mine, off the top of my head:

1. Read as much as possible, all kinds of books, all genres, all the time.
2. Check out every exhibition for any kind of art, including museums.
3. Find some local folks who are also into making comics.
4. Draw at least a little every day – it adds up.
5. Write stuff down along with all the doodling.
6. Sketchbooks are like compost heaps: keep shoveling in material, let it ferment
and incubate, turn it over every so often.
7. Even fruiting bodies will rise from complete and utter shit.
8. Have as many irons in the fire as you can stand without burning the place down.
9. Learn to juggle your art – keep a lot of balls in the air
10. Make your own rules… then break them

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