Just curious...I'm getting started on my own comic, and I was just wondering if, when working on OCB, do you write descriptions of the layouts in the scrip first? Or do you do draw the layouts first, then write accordingly?
Generally I write and work from mockup-issue layouts (sort of like the japanese “Name” thing). It makes more sense for me to “write” in comics form since I’ll be drawing it myself.
Also it can be helpful to write beats, too — like breaking down your issue in pages and going from there, instead of writing out each specific panel.
Hi, I'm working with some artists on a comic pitch. I wanted to know which specific pages of work you showed to Archaia for your initial pitch? Seeing your treatment & cover letter may help too. Thank you.
I might have to dig around to find the actual pitch, but I think I just showed them the first 20 or so pages of OCB. (I’ll share it if I can find it.) My cover letter is just my contact details.
It needs to be said, I’m the worst at pitching or even just talking about my ideas. I always feel like I’m telling hopeful lies: “here’s what I’d like you to let me do, even though I know it’s going to be totally different in the end!”
Just make sure you don’t go into too much detail with your synopses and outlines, etc. Let the art do the speaking, and just give enough info for people to go on after that.
Hello. sorry to bother you again but I had an art related question. Is it bad trying to teach yourself to draw by copying an artist you really love? I’m not tracing, instead I study how they draw eyes and bodies etc and then try to draw the same thing on paper. So as far as trying to get better, is this a good way to learn or am I doing it wrong?
Anonymous by request (and I wasn’t going to include the user anyway. In your message you wrote about being ashamed about copying, so here’s my thoughts on that:)
MAKING ART IS A GAME! IT’S A SANITY MECHANISM!
A lot of the time I think about drawing/sketching like playing, say, guitar when no one is around to hear it. It’s totally for my own pleasure, from dumb, straight-up playing other people’s riffs, to aping 80’s hair-metal horrible techniques, to making abstract shitty ambient noise. It’s for me and it makes me feel better. Eventually I might get the conceit that someone might like to hear a thing I did — and it’s the same with the drawing.
Copy whoever it is you dig. Copy Liefeld, copy Otomo, copy Kirby, copy Moebius, copy Morris, copy Carl Barks, copy Jim Lee, copy from fashion magazines, copy from outside, copy Caniff, copy from yourself. Copy Copy Copy copy copy — if you say it enough times, it loses meaning. It’s a bullshit sound that doesn’t mean anything.
That’s how copying artists you like works, too — copy everybody, consciously, having fun, in response to things they did, eventually it loses all meaning — you learn from them and distill the things they know into your own. (IT’S A LONG PROCESS)
You might look at the scores of artists copying Kirby (or Mignola or Pope, who in turn took so many cool things from Kirby) and snicker — too bad, they made a drawing and you didn’t. And look at early Mignola — a lot of it sucks. Look at early Otomo, that sucks too, compared to the level they got to later.
You learn by drawing, you draw by copying, you copy by looking. Look at everything , even the stuff you don’t like. Maybe it’s not true, but I like the idea that everybody is working their asses off, even the guys we hate, and they have something in their art that we can absorb and learn from.
Copying an artist is like slowly and methodically decapitating a Highlander dude. It’s a painful, dangerous process where you can potentially come out on the other side triumphant, absorbing their powers. (or you can end up with your head chopped off).
So yes, you’re doing it right. Just copy a lot of different stuff, keep your mind open, screw anybody who’ll shame you.
They don't get the same kinda recognition that Quitely, Byrne, or Sienkiewicz get, but I think Bengus and Capcom did some great things with X-Men/Marvel characters.
Yeah, I love those Bengus X-Men. Imagine a Bengus-drawn X-men arc! I think for me personally, the Capcom games and aesthetic had a huge impact on my view of X-Men/Marvel back then, too. Everything was so cool
DC was able to turn the old Batman TV show into an awesome comic, which got me thinking… shouldn't Marvel make a Supaidāman comic?! Of course, with Spidey in a mech and your newfound Marvel career, you should be doing the art.
Haha, I think it’d be pretty hard to follow up on the crazy Ikegami manga. That would be a fun read, though. (And Marvel career? I’m just doing fill ins!) Thanks!