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
The Importance of Reading Comics by jo-ink
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.
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.
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