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Ok, while I was sketching a few panels out for the Overcomers GN, I began thinking, wouldn't someone like to know what to work on to get good angles? Perspective? etc, so I figured I would put up some hints, tips and helps, even though I have a lot to learn, here are some things I have found helpful:

1. Learn the power of Perspective and Vanishing Points! ( one point, two point and three point perspective)
2. Play with and distort the vanishing points to create the "illusions" of one being closer to the reader than the rest or to create a dream like sequence or panel.
3. Use basic shapes to define poses and structure to character.
4. ANATOMY!! Learn your anatomy and NOT from comic books directly ( sure comic books are good as examples and REFERENCES, but not the source to learn from...well, not completely.) Take courses or go buy some Anatomy books with different muscle group details, poses, etc, or life drawing, look at yourself and then at others, no two people are the same, men and women are different in MANY aspects of anatomy, example:
A mans chest is more of a block where-as a female is more of a triangle ( use as basic shape and mold later to fit the character).
5. Use references if necessary ( I use them quite a bit on poses and action scenes) BUT completely form your own character, don't take the one on the picture as your own!
6. Pray,Patience, Practice and Perseverance!! ( 4 P's of art! LOL)
7.Dont' forget to eat and drink and do your potty now and again ( I get so engrossed in work, that I forget these things, lol! At least until my stomach knaws through my backbone ^^)
8. Panel layouts- Figure out what the page will look like as if you are watching a movie, ever notice the different angles to each scene? (overhead view, profile of a certain character, static face or eye shots, angled panels to show out of control situation, etc.)
10. Put some music on or whatever relaxes you and helps you focus!
11. Relax and have fun with it, there is plenty of paper, don't forget to use both sides to conserve when doodling or sketching a pose/action.

Well, I hope that this albeit, erratic, little list helps some of you, but then again what works for me may not work for you, so find your own "Happy little place" in the world of comic art and...

DRAW HOW YOU WANT TO DRAW AND DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU ANY DIFFERENT, THIS IS HOW YOU DISCOVER YOUR OWN STYLE!!

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There are some great tips here! Just going to add a few of my thoughts. If you are struggling with drawing in general or feel like you are not improving, go back to the basics. Review the principles of design and the elements of art. Focus on each one; note where you are strongest and weakest. Use that information to improve. Don't rush your style, it will come with time. If you are just starting out, draw in many different styles! Your style will be a mixture of many styles, and you won't know what you like about a certain style until you draw it. Over time, the components that you like will stick around and the others will fade. Everybody ends up favoring certain lines and shapes, which is why each person has a different style. It might be hard to see your style, but it's there, you just have to discover it.   

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