How to Draw Comics: Character Design & Drawing the Figure
Working out your character’s overall shape, costume, and before starting Page 01 is well worth the effort. Working on understanding human anatomy and figure drawing practice can really take your character drawing to a new level. It’s not uncommon for a character design in a comic to evolve over time.
Getting Into Character
Characters with distinct body and head shapes, such as Batman, Bone, Raina from “Smile,” and Totoro, will help make them more recognizable. The first thing anyone will notice about your character is the shape his or her outline creates, not the details within.
The Head & Face
The head is one of the most important features for identifying your character and allowing him to express himself; even the shape of the head can suggest a personality. To construct a character from more basic shapes underlying the head, I borrow from animation techniques. This is how I designed the alien characters for the story STRANGER.
Drawing the Figure
Kate and Mike use classic western “heroic” proportions, measuring 8 heads each. For men, the ribcage and hips are roughly the same width, and the shoulders are wider than the hips. Kate is slightly shorter at 7 1/2 heads, which is closer to “realistic” human proportions. Kate’s ribcage is also narrower than her hips and thigh.
Strike a Pose
We need to be able to draw our characters in more than close-ups and standing around doing nothing once we’ve mastered the basic shapes and proportions.
To do so, we need to start with a fluid set of lines, or “gestures.” These are the kinds of curves I look for when building up a figure. Drawing great hands takes a lot of practice, and the best way to get good at them is observation. I still practice by using my own hands as reference to help create good hand poses.
How do you draw a graphic novel character?
Drawing Comic Book Characters: Key Takeaways
- Define and visualize your character’s proportions, placement, and pose.
- Create the form of the character’s anatomy to establish their body shape.
- Be conscious of the character’s consistent presentation from various angles.
How do you draw characters?
Consider the following tips, exercises, and techniques as you learn how to draw a polished character.
- Use references.
- Be loose.
- Use simple shapes.
- Apply S-curves and C-curves.
- Don’t be afraid to exaggerate.
- Check anatomy with a skeleton sketch.
- Pay attention to the eyes.
How can I draw a better comic?
11 Tips for Getting Better at Drawing Comics
- TIP#1 Practice Daily!
- TIP#2 Create Finished Art!
- TIP#3 Ask for Constructive Criticism!
- TIP#4 Get Back to the Basics!
- TIP#5 Keep an Actual Sketchbook!
- TIP#7 Update your Portfolio Frequently!
What is comic book art style called?
The term “bande dessinu00e9e” comes from the original description of the art form as drawn strips (literally “the drawn strip”), which is analogous to the sequence of images in a film strip; similarly to its English equivalent, the word “bande” can be used to describe both film and comics.
How do I make a graphic novel at home?
5 Steps to Creating a Graphic Novel
- Start thinking about sequels as you outline, storyboard, and write your graphic novel.
- Pick a visually interesting setting for your graphic novel.
- Give your graphic novel the same amount of textured detail as a traditional novel.
How long does it take to draw a graphic novel?
Everyone’s creative journey will be unique, and the time it takes to create a graphic novel, from concept to completion, can range from one to three years, especially because graphic novels are collaborative.
What does a graphic novel look like?
A graphic novel tells a story by combining text and illustrations in a comic-strip format; rather than relying solely on text to construct a narrative, it employs graphical elements such as panels, frames, speech/thought balloons, and other sequential elements to create and evoke a story in the reader’s mind.
How do you make a comic villain?
Here are ten pointers to help you create your most heinous villain:
- Create your own supervillain that readers will love and hate.
- Focus on your villain’s motivations and desires.
- Your supervillain should have a flaw that still reveals what it means to be human.
What are some good comic ideas?
101 Comic Book Concepts
- Someone moves to a new metropolis/town/hamlet that they are unfamiliar with.
- Thieves steal a valuable antique.
- A mysterious riddle is carved into a statue in the town square.
- Miners discover something while digging.