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The Importance of Reading Comics

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 3, 2013, 1:58 PM
When I was a kid I read a lot of comics. Today, I still read a lot of comics. Over the years my tastes have expanded to different publishers and genres. My reason for reading them has also changed a little. I have always read them for the story and the cool artwork but lately I have found myself examining and studying the artwork in comics much more closely than I would have before. What I am noticing is all the aesthetics that go into a comic book. As an inker of course I'm looking at the inks! I am starting to notice all the minor inconsistencies and mistakes that happen while making comics and some that I have seen in my own work. It has been a major inspiration in that it tells me that everything I do doesn't have to be perfect. Granted, that doesn't mean be sloppy and inconsistent with your work. As a comic book artist starting out like me, I think it is a very useful tool to read the comics that are coming out and to study them and the artwork and how they come together. It only makes sense that a comic artist read a little bit of what other people are doing as a way to keep up with the current trends and stay on top of the game. Just like a sports writer would watch a lot of baseball or football games in order to do accurate reporting of events, an artists has to invest interest into the industry in which they pursue.

  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Blind Guardian
  • Reading: Thanos Rising
  • Playing: Guild Wars 2
  • Drinking: The sweet nectar of determination
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AuroraArt Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well said. I love to do penciling/drawing. As an artist, I want to get ideas and see how others do their techniques, whether it be reading comics or looking at tutorials. :)
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jo-ink Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Exactly. :clap:
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AuroraArt Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
^_^
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AltugBulca Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Although I am not a pro I do a lot of pencilling & inking of my own and I agree wholeheartly with all the comments above. Felt like I was reading about my own evolution. :)
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jo-ink Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:thumbsup:
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Dkalban Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I may be a writer (so that's what I focus on mostly), but I have favorite artists and I begin to notice their styles more etc
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jo-ink Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Exactly! Lately I've been noticing Matt Fraction a lot lol. He's so..."off the beaten path" is the only way I can think to describe his writing. lol
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Dkalban Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Action today...Lex was CREEPY AS HELL!!
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