Today Im writing/plotting a thing that will be out later this year… To gear up for it, I’ll be posting a short I wrote in the next day or so. Said short is a comic short I did awhile back which never saw publication and likely won’t. I can’t seem to find a home for it… So no reason not to post it online!
I know I’ve already posted it, but here’s a little teaser…
Anonymous asked: I absolutely loved your artwork in Six-Gun Gorilla, and it totally inspired my to start drawing. I have no artistic experience at all save for doodling on my notes at school. I'm 16 and I'd hope to one day write and (hopefully) pencil my own comic .What advice/pointers/tips could you give to someone who wants to start drawing?
Wow, thank you so much. Hearing that is incredibly inspiring!
For starting advice, do not worry about STYLE. Worry about basics. If art is a cake then basics are the flour, the bater, anything you make that goes into the oven, style is the icing. It’s is something that will change as you grow artistically. With a strong fundamental understanding of the basics, you can go in any direction stylistically and chances are the work you feel most comfortable drawing will eventually dictate your own natural style.
STUDY. COPY. RETAIN. REGURGITATE. Study the art and artists you love, then find out who and what inspired them. Study the greats. It’s ok to copy other artists but don’t pass it off as your own. If you post those drawings, then credit the original artist and let people know you’re just practicing. It’s all part of the learning process. Study life. Draw from life, from people around you, objects, anything you can to further help yourself understand how to interpret and portray things visually.
This job (at least mine) is largely about convincing people to think that what they are looking at is the visual representation of things they know in real life. I.E. The car you drew = Car. Buildings = Buildings. Hands = Hands.
Example: At some point, you will need to know how to draw a fucking chair! If someone reads your drawing as a chair, if they believe that there is in fact a chair in the frame, then you’ve convinced them! Fooled them even. BUT, you need to know how to draw a chair, and in order to draw that chair you need to know what a chair looks like. The best way to do that is to study from life.
If it’s comics you want to draw a great book that is often recommended and was a great too for me starting out (still is a great tool) is How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way. It strongly specializes in basics like perspective and anatomy. Even though it’s an old book it’s quite timeless.
So learn to draw the best fucking chair you can. The best boring shit ever, then you’ll have no problem drawing them. Become a sponge and never stop absorbing. Never stop learning. You can always improve. Believe it or not even even Jim Lee can be better than he is now.
Apologies for the lengthy response, Anon. Best of luck on your journey!