How to Draw Comic Panels

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Comic panels are typically boxes that contain images that make up part of a story. Draw comic panels with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jessica and I'm an artist. And today we're going to draw comic panels. So, when you're drawing your comics, there's a few different ways to do it. Basically you want to have your square where the action's going to take place. And then you don't have to have exactly the same shapes to every single panel. It's OK to vary the shapes, so that one will be long and the other will be narrow, and then to switch it up on the next row. Sometimes what people do is they'll even add a small panel and then put a circle, just to get crazy. So, then inside of your cartoons, you'll have you your action. There's your person talking to your other person. And there's always a little window that tells what the dialog is. Sometimes a comic will also use onomatopoeia, which is when they spell out a sound like so, in big letters. And you know, maybe he punches him and it's like pow or what have you. And then the dialog can also take place in a circular shape at the bottom. So, there's a lot of freedom and leeway in comics. It's a really great medium. A lot of people like to use comic illustrations to define a story. And maybe this one is just about one guy. "Meet Will." it says. And then here's maybe another portrait. And that is how you draw comic panels.

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