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How to Make a Comic Book


If you know how to draw and have good ideas, you should try and make your own comic book. There are dozens of new comic books made by people across the globe every single day, so why not trying to make your own? It can become an awesome experience and a lot of fun. Who knows, maybe someday people across the globe will be reading your books and starting their own projects. Maybe your superhero is going to take the world with his popularity and you'll receive millions of devoted followers and supporters! You never know until you try, so why wasting time?



Sketch the characters

So, sit back, grab yourself some paper, pencils and a cup of hot coffee, and make some sketches of your future characters. Needless to say, the way they look defines their characters and peculiarities, and you want to make them as close to their image as possible. Their outlooks can even help you make up your mind on plot and location if you still don't know what your book is going to be about.


Develop the characters

Practice as much as you can and draw your characters from various angles and in different positions. You want the heroes to look the same from episode to episode so that the readers could recognize them. It's very important to make notes about the colors if you are using various shades. Mark what shades stand for different attributes of your characters' outlooks. It's also very important to create different facial expressions and postures. Draw your character happy and sad, excited and irritated, etc, and also standing, running, flying and so on. The more "vivid" your hero looks the better.



Create the background for each character, even if you are not going to dive into details in the book. You never know how successful it may become, so you need to have the basis for continuation.



Plan on the plot. It can be absolutely anything, so feel free to unleash your fantasy. Just remember that any story has the beginning where you introduce the main character, then the turning point when something disturbs your protagonist's normal life, then the story starts getting more and more complicated, you introduce the antagonist and lead the reader to the climax when the tension reaches its peak. After that comes the final part when your character successfully gets out of trouble, and some additional mishap that gives you the basis for that "To be continued" sign at the bottom of the last page.


Make the thumbnails

Once the characters and the plot are ready, get your paper and crayons and make the thumbnails. These are little boxes that divide the page into semantic pieces. Make sure they are large enough to contain all the necessary elements. It's also important to mind the order of the thumbnails because the readers should know what box comes after what. If some scene requires some background and additional details, or contain several characters at a time, you should make the box larger.


Make the sketches for each panel

Do it for the whole book without paying special attention to details. Cut them out and number them. Get some nice and thick paper that will be your pages. Draw the borders for your panels and make sure there are think white spaces between the pictures.


Finish the pages

Sketch the writings and make sure everything looks nice and there is enough space for pictures and text. Sketch the characters, add the details and ink them. Add colors, draw the cover and you're done.


No haste!

Don't draw too many characters in the very first part of the book and don't make them all look the same. Spend some time to creating each character and try to make them as different as possible.

Don't be too detailed

You don't want to devote the whole page to some minor event. Try to keep the book laconic and short and skip the unnecessary details.

Don't use blunt pencils

You want your reader to be able to actually read the writings, so sharpen your pencils before you start.



Once the book is finished, feel free to give it to your friends and ask their opinions. They will also tell you if there are some unclear moments or unreadable text so that you could do some fixing.

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