How to draw comics when you can’t actually draw.

A Pen.

First of all you’re getting to need a pen. you recognize what? You don’t need a pen. even as long as you’ve got something that creates a mark. A pencil, a crayon, a marker, some charcoal, a Biro, a pen , a paint covered brush, a paint covered finger (preferably your own) or a highlighter, or an airbrush, or some blood (okay maybe not blood), whatever you’ve got lying around really, it doesn’t matter, just pick something you wish using.

(For me, it’s an 0.4mm felt-tipped pen , but you are doing You)

Some Paper

Or not paper. Yeah, you’ll draw this on anything. Walls, whiteboards, the dusty rear windscreen of your friend’s car, whatever is out there to you. That said, I can highly recommend paper, historically it’s proven to be pretty reliable.

Consistency equals quality.

So, once you’ve got a pen and paper, (or whatever you’ve gone with), i assume you better find out how to draw, right?

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

…because you already can.

Here’s the thing about art: Provided your drawings are all consistently an equivalent level of coherency, then whatever you’re creating will become your style, which suggests all of your drawings are amazing, provided they’re viewed within the context of your style.

Look at David Shrigley’s drawings for example; on face value they’re not particularly well-drawn, but he’s drawn all his stuff like that, and now it’s not only his thing, but it’s a thing, it’s an entire style and sort of humour produced by him, and when viewed within that context they’re amazing drawings.

So, if all you’ll draw is say, a blob, then that’s fine! Just draw a blob.

Now, you only got to give your blob some eyes and a mouth and you’ve got yourself your first character. It’s absurdly easy.

Next step is to offer your blob a reputation . Let’s call this one Jeff. Jeff the Blob. Actually, which will double because the name of your comic.

Now we’re cooking! Okay, next Jeff must say something. That’s pretty easy too…

You can do a speech bubble like that one, otherwise you could even just do a touch line like this if you would like to form it a touch more relaxed and informal…

…or, you’ll add an exclamation point and make it all exciting, like Jeff is yelling and really asserting himself…

…or, you’ll do a cloudy ‘thought bubble’, which makes it appear as if Jeff is simply having a touch believe things and giving himself a touch little bit of positive reinforcement before employment interview or something.

Or you could even go New Yorker style, which makes everything look far more clever.

Okay, so you’ve got a comic book , and a personality which character can say things. you’re well on the way.

Next up you would like a narrative. Again, this will really be anything. Also, it doesn’t need to be funny, it doesn’t need to be anything. The exciting thing at now is that you’ve got a personality which will do or say anything you opt . check out you, you’re practically a god. How thrilling.

Next up I’d believe panels. thus far we’ve been drawing single panels here, but you’ll start doing multiple panels. That’s easy too, just draw a box around your comic…

Then just add a couple of more boxes…

This is actually a reasonably good comic already. It’s a story a few blob named Jeff who just disappears. It’s comedically anticlimactic, and that i quite love it .

That said, we’ve probably got enough content to fill out a comic book already. Here for instance , is that the story of a blob named Jeff who introduces himself, features a self reflective moment of positive reinforcement, then introduces himself again…

You can put these panels in any order really, although Left to Right, and/or Top to Bottom, generally makes them easier to follow. (Hot tip, this 2 x 2 layout works pretty much on the internet…)

What else? you ought to probably find out how to try to to emotions. Those are easier than you think that and may be achieved through the clever placement of lines. you’ll go from worried, to surprised, to angry all with some little flicks of your pen…

Anyway, that’s really all you would like to urge started! Now go find a pen and paper and go make something.

Good luck, and happy drawing.

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