FEATURE: Tips For The Aspiring Comic Book Artist

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw so that you can create your own comic book or show off your own redesigns of characters? After what seemed like endless searching online, I have found many videos on youtube which take you step by step on how to draw a variety of different characters etc.

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By Shannon Cornthwaite - 12/31/2012
Coming up on my 30th birthday (in March), I've taken a look back at many of my drawings over the years and not much has changed in my style. I've always had problems drawing women especially female faces and hands. I usually made the hands to decrepit and old looking and the faces far to masculine. After years and years I finally became tired of my skill not moving forward. I began tracing bodies etc and then adding my own designs to them, usually drawings done by Jim Lee.

Finally, just the other day I was watching one of the Jim Lee teaches How to draw videos from comic-con and I stumbled upon a series of videos by Mark Crilley. Each of these videos takes the viewer step by step on how to draw a variety of people, clothing, animals, scenes etc. I highly recommend taking a look at his youtube page and practicing on your own. After watching several of these that I've had trouble with, my skills have been getting better and better. Allow me to show you some before and after pictures of my own drawings.

Before I began watching the videos, my drawings of women looked like this...



Here's one I did today as my LAST drawing of 2012



I've only been watching Mark's videos a few days now, but as you can see there is improvement... although I'm not quite yet where I'd prefer to be, but I am improving. So at this time I'd like to give a special thanks to Mark Crilley for creating his "How to Draw..." Youtube page, it helps greatly. Below is the video I'm currently watching.



Also at this time, I'd like give a very BIG shout out to my wife Elizabeth (who goes by LisaWho on CBM), she just turned 30 today on New Years eve and I've been giving her crap all day about now being a cougar for being married to a younger man lol.
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SuperDude001 - 12/31/2012, 9:04 PM
Gotta say Mark Crilley's video are perfect for comic book artists, as I've watched them myself and he is a brilliant artist and teacher. Tbh I don't even do my comic art any more, but still when I'm doing school subject Art his little tips in his videos are helpful for any for any form of art and any artist.
nihcamja - 12/31/2012, 9:07 PM
Happy New Year to all of you cbm members on this site, gonna be a great year for comic book movies!(12:07 est)
HeadPool420 - 12/31/2012, 9:25 PM
Useful info... Thanks.
AmazingFantasy - 12/31/2012, 10:13 PM
You're pretty good, last I checked the user "Dyniosis" or however you spell it was a fantastic artist.
JorLBola - 12/31/2012, 10:21 PM
Interesting!
Jollem - 12/31/2012, 11:00 PM
nice leadwork, Shannon

coming from someone who has spent many years drawing, my only advice is; keep doing it, people!!
lanternstorm - 12/31/2012, 11:04 PM
Thanks guys it's appreciated.
TimelessUnknown - 12/31/2012, 11:23 PM
Anything to help my improvement in the area. Hopefully my skills will be perfect when I attend The Savannah College of Art and Design next year. But these videos seem to be very useful.
Shadowmaster35 - 1/1/2013, 12:25 AM
have to admit that 2nd drawing is a pretty damn good improvement and i'm always looking to improve my own skill. I'll have to take a look at the vids. Thanks!
Jolt17 - 1/1/2013, 2:25 AM
Very nice. I do really need quite a help in drawing female characters, as most times I end up drawing them more closer to cross-dressers, lol. Here's my latest attempt at drawing female characters (The Dark Knight Rises' Selina Kyle and Wonder Woman, as you see), although for the latter, I used a template outline (which I managed to draw after MANY attempts, and with the help of a reference image) and also I emphasized more on the costume designs.





While for men, I know I'm far from being perfect, but I think I've managed quite a decent job in drawing them, as for now. Here are some of my drawings, and you may notice, I still need to learn a lot in adjusting body proportions.









And so, I think this is a very nice thread. I always love it when it comes to this kind of talent-talk on CBM, and especially to see lots of the talented users around here sharing their stuffs. The videos provide quite a help too, and I'll surely try to improve using their help. Great job!
xRelentlessx - 1/1/2013, 2:44 AM
I recommend going to "Escher Girls" and "The Hawkeye Initiative" on tumblr to see how NOT to draw female characters.
Triptheorist - 1/1/2013, 3:05 AM
@Jolt17. Nice stuff. Do you have DeviantArt page? I don't draw nearly as much as I used to, but I still break out the pencil and paper every now and then. Firesideproperty.deviantart.com

Check out the sabertooth girl pic. I think it's a pretty solid take on drawing comic book styled women :)
ravennpilot - 1/1/2013, 3:48 AM
Draw from nude models. Study the Human anatomy. This can not be stressed enough. Look for local art clubs or gathers and try to find time to draw from life. I like to play with the human figure when I draw and painting but can show when you don't know how a hand works. Or what a run would look like.

While I cartoon alot of my people, if you ever where to visit my blog you would see life drawings from photos and models. I sketch people while on the train or getting breakfast. If anyone is interested visit www.jaysillustration.blogspot.com

Im not the best but I've found that understanding the human form first has helped me illustrate a lot better.
lanternstorm - 1/1/2013, 8:39 AM
I don't have deviant art sorry Triptheorist... I do however have facebook and post most of my stuff on there.
Equivocal - 1/1/2013, 1:00 PM
thanks for posting this, I'm a subscriber of his channel now !!!

one day I will draw comics,
y'all see
LOL

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