Friday, July 07, 2006

Some quick comic tips

There are lots of comic tutorials that tell people about how to make their work better. So I've decided to add a few more to that area as well.

1: Make sure that you keep your baloons detailed and that the size of the fonts as well, as BIG as the characters are. It looks totally out of place to see huge detailed characters next to crummy small 12 pt fonts Times New Roman style...

2: Make sure to crop your images before you publish them (and this goes for drawn comics too since you often have to scan them in so that they can be viewed online.) Its very simple in any program to do this, just use your highligting tool to grab the comic and as little outside space as possible, then paste. This will save you a lot of bandwith and time trying to locate where your work actually is.

3: Study other comic makers works, like Penny Arcade and 8-bit theater, both great series with verteran authors who have been doing this for a long time. Reading enough of good works will help you to develop your own.

4: Create your own style! Too many comics have the old small sprites or so-so plots and design, work on combining styles you like from other artists as well as contributing your own style so that it will be unique and draw attention.

That is all I can think of for now. Hopefully the quality of comics posted on the Internet will increase in the near not to distant future.

SMC90

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