So, do you want to become a comics artist? Well… So am I.
Well, I have no great wishes to become a Marvel or DC artist myself, in fact, I’m much more for an authorial and independent field than the mainstream comics. But more important than where do you or me want to be is, where do we start!
I’ve being around for years now. Sure, on and off, sometimes drawing more and others not as much as I would like. Always progressing. Much less fast than I would like but still climbing up.
This time, after I restarted my work on Yeoann, I also decided that I would work harder than the usual. Meaning, research more, exercise more (even if I don’t have much extra time around) and most of all, study! Study much, much more!
I’m reading comics and graphic novels with a more critic eye, trying to figure out what is working and what isn’t. I’m also taking classes and, most of all I’m reading a lot.
It was a good surprise to discover that nowadays we have a big amount of good literature around that we can use to improve all; Not only drawing but comics dynamic, narrative, page layout and so on. Some of them I knew already. Two of those I just read it again recently and I strongly recommend that you start from those too.
Ok, you must start with this one.
At first, I felt like he is simply talking about comics and not teaching something. But after a while, I was seeing everything from a complete different perspective. The books helped me to see comics with a more critic eye. Helped me to understand comics as not some panels over a page, but something that is around for generations.
The book talks about everything. McCloud gives us a “big picture” view of the sequential art and from there I was able to pinpoint what to read next, what I need to improve first.
Comics And Sequential Art
I won’t offend you talking about who Will Eisner was.
My version of this book is really old, more than 30 years! I read it three times since then and every single one of it I realized something new (also, remembered me about other things that I keep forgetting… =p)
Mister Eisner takes us to a travel inside his head. Show his process, ideas and concepts. Explain why he choose one solution over another and everything fits perfectly.
I know, I know, you’ll say that time has changed and the comics are not what it was 30 years ago. I agree with this mostly, but what is said on those pages is a timeless material. Is more about how we humans see the world around us, how we react to it and how to use this information to make comics.
Well, I made you guys suffer enough with my bad English for a day. In a future post I’ll bring other books that I’ve read on my crusade to be a better comics artist hoping that will help you too.
Who knows, right?