Comic books have been around for a long time, and they’ve gained so much popularity beyond expectations. There’s a whole world of comic books where every genre and title have vast fanbases. Collectors also have their own niche, especially those who gather vintage ones.
But now that the digital era has rolled in, creating and reading graphic novels have changed significantly. These days, you could purchase and read your favorite comics online. And because anyone can now publish their own stories, it has become easier for more comic book artists to release their works. It gives artists more reach in comparison to selling their first comic books at conventions.
With such an excellent opportunity for budding artists, it’s essential to learn the ropes. If you want to make your own comic, here are some things that could help you out.
Unlike drawing illustrations, graphic novels rely on a good concept and storyline. Thankfully, people are more open to different kinds of genres. So, whether you’re planning to write an action-packed comic or a slice of life romance, there will be an audience for all categories.
But it’s also good to remember that readers might feel more excited about fresh concepts. Because of this, thinking outside the box and making something unexpected might get more people to read your work. Starting with a concept is the first step, and know that it might come to you at unexpected times. It helps to have a pen and notepad on hand, or you could simply record your ideas down on your phone
- Storyline And Script Writing
Once you’ve decided on your final concept, it’s time to get to writing. This might get frustrating because getting a story that flows and stimulates the reader will take a lot of editing. If the readers get bored, they’ll probably stop reading the comic before getting to the good parts. To avoid that, here are some writing tips that could help you:
- Read a lot of books and comics to get inspired.
- Learn about script formatting.
- Settle the time and setting.
- Start with an outline.
- Make relatable characters.
- Write believable dialogues.
- Always edit as you go.
When writing, it might also help to have other people read it to get some feedback. This way, you can clear up any inconsistent parts or areas that need improvement.
- Get Your Equipment Ready
When the story is done, it’s time to illustrate your digital comics. Unlike drawing things by hand, you’ll need specific devices to help you start drawing. If it’s your first time, taking classes, looking for tutorials, or learning on your own might be necessary to familiarize yourself with the medium.
Here are some of the tools and equipment you’ll need to start drawing digitally:
- A computer that can handle the software
- It’s best if the computer has 8GB of memory or more
- Illustration or comic software
- Pen tablet
- A 20-inch or bigger monitor
If you want to draw manually, you could also use a scanner to convert your comic into digital files.
- Try Out Different Art Styles
One of the most crucial selling points of a comic is its drawing style. Coming up with an original art style for your characters and matching the background and theme to the story can attract readers.
It’s a good idea to try out different styles first before settling with the final one. Also, make sure that it’s an art style you could stick to and replicate quickly. One of the most common gripes of some readers is when their favorite comics develop a drastic change in the art style. So, settle with a style that you can consistently draw at any time.
- Learn More About Comic Layouts
When it comes to comic books, the layout is important. The way you draw panels and arrange them can make your comic look either cluttered or balanced. The layout also makes a difference in terms of the movement and intensity of the storyline.
Here are some things you’ll need to remember in framing your graphic novel:
- Gutters are the empty spaces between the panels. Use them wisely.
- Angles include how you view each frame. Avoid confusing the readers with cluttered angles.
- The panels should be organized enough to enable the reader to follow the proper order and storyline.
Now that graphic novels have changed significantly, more artists can adopt new ways to make and showcase their art. Even the methods people use to read comic books have changed as some graphic novels have become more interactive or infused with games. As more new comic book artists are breaking out in the scene, it’s vital to understand the process. But the most significant step is to practice creating comic books until you master the craft and publish your works successfully.