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What's your hidden weakness when it comes to drawing comics? I'll tell you mine I'm not ashamed. lol

My greatest weakness is making the faces all look alike when I draw the same character on different panels with different angles and facial expressions.  I think if I had more time to draw then I wouldn't rush it.

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Perspective!!! I tell myself one day I'll just dedicate a week or more to try to master it, but I don't really. I figure I'll just learn on the way, but I should try to put some work in doing it better.

Getting past the 80% mark. I always get to 80...then fight to finish.

 

Ha ha ha..... man we suck. lol.  8)

But Buzz now that you mention it I feel you on that.... in the first book that I recently finished I think I had to deal with that issue but luckily for me I rarely had to draw the same thing twice.  If I did  then I would cheat and use the light table or draw the scene from far away where I didn't have to have it look the same.  I'm hoping that I pushed the envelope so far with what I'm good at that people won't notice or won't care that I'm weak in this area. I'm hoping that I'm good enough to fake it. If that makes any sense.

 

If it's been a while, my wife just gives me the look when I start to lose focus.... then I get back to work.

Martin Murtonen said:

Getting past the 80% mark. I always get to 80...then fight to finish.

 

When it comes to that I use a whole lot of reference to save me the trouble of having to learn it. You do learn as you go though.

Melchizedek Todd said:
Perspective!!! I tell myself one day I'll just dedicate a week or more to try to master it, but I don't really. I figure I'll just learn on the way, but I should try to put some work in doing it better.
Oh Todd the book you did from what I saw would make good anime.  I saw your samples and the art gets better and better.  Your style is developing nicely.

Christopher Haupt said:
When it comes to that I use a whole lot of reference to save me the trouble of having to learn it. You do learn as you go though.

Melchizedek Todd said:
Perspective!!! I tell myself one day I'll just dedicate a week or more to try to master it, but I don't really. I figure I'll just learn on the way, but I should try to put some work in doing it better.
Perspective is probably my weakness. I keep trying to find a good reference picture/photo to copy from when I want to get make things realistic. I have a perspective book but it's sometimes difficult to understand.

Hey David,

 

Get David Chelsea's:Perspective For Comic Book Artists

 

It breaks things down very clearly and effectively.

 

Hey http://scottmcdaniel.net/ also have perspective tips. Thanks for your comments Christopher.

One of my main nemesis is drawing people from top view and making them look natural. Also, I'm trying to get better with drawing clothes.

Robert,

Here are a couple tips to make your life manageable when coming to doing your project:

 

1. Do it. Just put your head down and do it. Start!

 

2. Keep it concise. Set a very specific goal that you need to reach. 8 pages, 12 pages 24. DON'T say your going to to do a 100 page or 130 page book or something. It will feel extremely daunting. IF your project is going to be large - BREAK IT DOWN into manageable chunks.  

 

3. Potentially "publish" in real time. As in post each page as you complete it to a website. This will generate ongoing interest and immediate feedback.

 

4. IF you are bringing a concept to a writer - or in this instance it sounds like a collaborator, bounce the idea off of them to find out if it's a feasible or worthy idea. They may be able to point out the issues that you can't see.

 

5. Step out in Faith. If the Lord is behind it, it will all work for it's intended purpose. 

 

 

 

Hey Robert,

The greatest thing to fear is fear itself.  Don't talk yourself out of doing it. Just do it. You learn as you go. Trust me. When it comes to art just have fun. Don't put all your eggs in one basket and never commit to anything of what you put on a page. Give it your best but don't be so serious with it.  Draw something on a page but be just as ready to erase. Nothing is concrete.

It's like figure drawing....With figure drawing it's a lot of erasing until the figure is right.  Step back and look at it from a distance see if it looks good to the eye if it looks good to the eye from a distance then keep going.  If not erase and try something different. 

Also keep a sketchbook with you and doodle a lot. Just have fun with the sketching, you'll come up with a lot of good stuff that way, then you can just trace it to the real page.

Well that's enough of me babbling.

This is a fun and informative thread. My greatest weakness I think is drawing male musculature in various positions. Quite hard at times so I probably take more time than others to get things just right.

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