xxwolfbladeinfinityxx said: Oh hey, I was wondering if you could give me pointers but... I have an immense idea for an ongoing possible comic book series. I'm writing some scripts and creating concept art for the characters. I just needa find a comic artist willing enough to create my idea then I'll be good. So any suggestions on how to tackle this ambitious project? If you want I can send you a private message on the dets but yeah... Comic.
Try to plan out as much as possible of this project. Make test pages or come up with a scenario that helps you with writing and structuring a comic page and understanding your characters. What I mean by this is that concept art and script writing can only tell you so much how a comic is going to “feel” when you’re actually reading a page. I highly suggest making test pages to help you get an idea of how the dialogue is going to come across along with the sequences of images.
The art of comic making is fairly complex but the best way to learn it is
- Studying the masters. This can be any comic that inspires you but the ones I recommend studying are Blacksad, All comic tutorial books by Scott Mccloud (I cannot emphasize enough how important these books are.), Lackadaisy Cats (webcomic),Next Town Over (webcomic), The Girl Who Flew Away (webcomic). These are the first that come to mind when I think about people who really go ABOVE and BEYOND with comic details, comic writing, comic layout and so on.
- Just do it. One can study something forEVER but you will never learn as much as actually doing it and supplementing your experience with outside tutorials/knowledge as you go along. Basically learning as you go.
Comics are complex in that there are a lot of elements that tie together and all are necessary to understand because the KEY THING YOU MUST REMEMBER is how every element of a comic, from word balloon styles, to typography choices to a chosen art style all work together to create a successful visual narrative. You must also understand what your INTENTION is with your project and know your limitations. If you are new to comics, I suggest staying simple and clear in your writing. Make sure that whatever information you wish to convey to your audience as IMPORTANT is CLEARLY COMMUNICATED. Whatever artistic and creative ways you go about creating a comic layout and style to the comic, make sure your audience is able to follow along and that both visual imagery and written word don’t unintentionally confuse them.
I don’t wish to scare you with how…tiresome this all sounds nor do I want to bog down your ambition with too much info. I personally find learning such topics very enjoyable and I LOVE talking to other people about it and teaching what I know so far. Despite not having completed a big comic project myself, since the highly ambitious one I’m currently working on is in its fetal developing stage, I still have a lot of info that I’ve compiled over the years for my own sake and I’m more than happy to share everything I’ve learned.
Really, the best advice I can give that probably anyone would give is just start it. Even though I also said you should try planning out as much as you can before starting, sometimes it’s just best to dive in head first and brave it out.
Hope I gave a good starting help. ^^’