Drawing Comics: A Beginner's Guide Staff Pick

Ira Marcks, Illustrator / Cartoonist

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22 Lessons (2h 2m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:53
    • 2. Overview

      2:56
    • 3. Lesson: Understanding the Panel

      7:22
    • 4. Lesson: Staging Panels

      5:10
    • 5. Lesson: Examples of Good Panels

      6:36
    • 6. Lesson: Understanding Comics

      6:21
    • 7. Lesson: Types of Transitions

      7:08
    • 8. Lesson: Examples of Transitions pt. 1

      8:03
    • 9. Lesson: Examples of Transitions pt. 2

      2:25
    • 10. Lesson: A Look at Pens and Brushes

      9:07
    • 11. Lesson: Inking Technique

      8:25
    • 12. Lesson: Inking a Panel

      6:40
    • 13. Lesson: Examples of Inking pt. 1

      4:56
    • 14. Lesson: Examples of Inking pt. 2

      7:27
    • 15. Lesson: Understanding Genre pt. 1

      8:58
    • 16. Lesson: Understanding Genre pt. 2

      6:46
    • 17. Lesson: Exploring Style

      0:53
    • 18. Project: Finding a Story

      5:25
    • 19. Project: Thumbnailing

      2:56
    • 20. Project: Sketching

      5:03
    • 21. Project: Inking

      5:27
    • 22. Wrap it Up!

      2:30
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Project Description

Assignment:

Our class project is a simple exercise used to help first-time comic artists develop their skills in panel planning and panel transition. Our task is to plan, draw, and ink a two-panel comic strip inspired by a one-word theme: 'obsession'

Project:

While reflecting on the skills learned in the 'lesson' chapters, follow each 'project' chapter for a step by step look at the creative process I use. I've attached a PDF of notes from the lessons to help you recall my tips and techniques.

Sharing Your Work:

Share your final art and/or progress with the class by clicking 'create project' in the side bar. If you have any questions or need more tips, please let me know! I'm happy to help!

Project Example:

Part 1 - notes and planning based on the theme

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Part 2 - creating thumbnails based on my notes

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Part 3 - sketches inspired by the thumbnails

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Part 4 - inking at last!

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