How to Design Your Own Comics

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Designing your own comics begins with a script, sketching a rough draft of the action taking place and dividing the storyline into panels to create flow. Organize a unique comic strip with a demonstration from an experienced artist and art supply store employee in this free video on drawing and painting.

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Hello, my name is David Lamplugh and I'm here today to answer the question how do you design your own comics. Okay the first step for designing a comic book is usually you're looking at a script to see what you need to put onto the page. I've got a really short script here so I can work quickly, a character named Jack as if anybody cares says who is Peter Orszag? And character, the character then runs down the hall into an office and repeats the question to his boss. Now I first start with roughing out exactly how that's going to go on a page. I'm just going to start with one page. Basically you can do multiple ones of these on a page, I'm going to start with a close up on the face, you can change these as you want. Now you don't need to make these detailed or anything like that. You're just trying to get the emotion and the basic placement for word bubbles. You can work on anatomy later. I usually in comic books read left to right, and then up to down. So the right reading of this thing would be there, there, there and there. You want to keep stuff like that in mind. Sometimes it's best when you're dividing panels to move this panel board over a little bit so the natural inclination is not to go up to down, 'cause sometimes people want that it's read that way but I do not. On the boss, I'm going to make a little bit of a older fellow, balding, kind of hunched over his desk and he's looking up with sudden interest because his underling just burst into the office. He's working on very important bailout of his own company and working on his golden parachute as we speak. And that's a little bit about how to design your own comics.

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