How to draw/write comics: A series

Discussion in 'Comic Discussion' started by djwaglmuffin, Sep 3, 2017.


Would you attend a free "how-to" class on comics?

  1. Yes

    4 vote(s)
  2. No

    0 vote(s)
  1. djwaglmuffin

    djwaglmuffin White Belt

    I am working towards teaching via Picarto stream how to draw and write comics (with a tad more emphasis on writing).

    A few nights ago, someone commissioned me to do a little character for them and they confessed to me they hadn't thought of anything for this character besides what they looked like and we had a big discussion about it and was like "hey, I'm actually pretty good at this." SO, I'm going to run with it.

    Also, it'll give me some ideas on how to teach myself as well and hopefully keep my momentum going towards getting my own work up and running.

    Anyway, i'm telling you all this for a few reasons:

    1. I need a healthy list of topics. There are A LOT and I know people have trouble in lots of different areas so I want to make sure this is as in depth as possible.

    2. When do you all think is a good time to do this? I am going to do the class once a week but twice on that day for the people who weren't able to attend the first class (of that day..)

    3. Does anyone know of a video editing software? I can record just fine but I can't edit anything.

    This is going to be a free class and I want to post the recordings up on youtube for people who couldn't attend either class but I really want to try and get people into the streams as best as possible.

    I really think this is a great idea for comic book hour as well. We talk about the industry and some nuts and bolts and then have a stream on the how-to's in tandem with that could be cool. And I've been KIND of nestling slowly against some bigger artists so, maybe we can garner some attention that way as well.

    Let me know what you guys think and, again, topics! Let's get this started!
  2. MegaRdaniels

    MegaRdaniels Blue Belt

    I am more of a writer than an illustrator. If you want help on how to write a webcomic, I'm your boy! :)
  3. J. Flores

    J. Flores White Belt

    As far as topics go: scripting (and all the different techniques), panels and page layouts, timing, poses and using references, backgrounds, voice, dialogue, perspective, character design, 'set' design, color palettes, lighting, you could spend time talking about genre with lots of examples, editing... this is mostly off the top of my head I'm sure there's more... you could talk about style and different techniques maybe use Scott McCloud's section in Understanding Comics about the picture plane.

    I feel like also uses lots of different examples is helpful to explore how comics isn't just one thing or one way and how creators approach these different things in different ways.
    Spudfuzz likes this.
  4. Spudfuzz

    Spudfuzz White Belt

    Emphasis on that writing a comic is not fundamentally different to writing a novel. I've met people who think that comics only work for super specific genres (superhero/ magic anime people) or that it can only be written with cliches and tropes, because that's just what comics are.... or something. These are people who were creators themselves.
  5. Erik Bitmanis

    Erik Bitmanis White Belt

    For topics, I can only speak from a writer's perspective but the thing that I see missed so many times when discussing writing for comics is pacing. Please teach new comic writer's pacing.

    It seems to be forgotten or kicked to the side of the street as it doesn't have the flashy appeal of dialogue or big story moments, but pacing makes or breaks a comic. A poorly paced comic is actually a drag to read through, wait scratch that, it's mental torture. Even with awful dialogue a well paced story can still work. But unless your dialogue is world class, pacing is so damn important.

Share This Page