Italian Stallion wrote:
Hey Allan erm, any tips ? My friends tell me I can draw but the thing with drawing is you have to find your own style right whenever I get down to try and draw a comic I can't really decide what to do, I don't like the idea of a video game comic because everyone does it and it's more to fun to be expressive I guess. I am not sure what I am really asking here I don't know I just find your work inspiring
Well here's the thing: no one starts out with a style of their own. They do what they've seen before and draw that way. However, as they practice their style (hopefully) will separate from what they've seen. A good example of this is, I used to read CAD when I first came into webcomics, and my comic looked a lot like CAD. Over time, it started looking more and more cartoony, and over time I started getting pissed off at how long a single comic would take me to draw, so I started practicing drawing quicker, leaving out unimportant details. I won't say that my style went straight from CAD to Allan, since there was a lot of in-between, but CAD is, admittedly, what started it out.
While no webcomic enthusiast will tell you to make a gaming comic, the actual point is, make a comic that you think you can do better than anyone else--whether it be through your story-telling, art, style, whatever! If you think you have something unique to add to any genre, do it. If you fail, it is okay. I think I had like 17 webcomics before I put Allan online, and since then, I've had 4, 1 of which has failed/been delayed.
As for being expressive, imo it is definitely more rewarding to have a fluidity to your style than to have your characters look the same in every panel, but some might say only a real artist can replicate his characters perfectly every time.
Also I've noticed expressions are hard for a lot of people. The people who ARE good at them are well known all across the internet, and they should be. You'd be surprised how a lot of people have a hard time matching an awkward look with an awkward sentence.
Anyway, what I tell everyone who asks for help making a comic is this: Draw something until you get an idea. Even if the idea sucks, flesh it out. This will give you good experience in webcomics (or comics in general). After a while, you might come on a terrific idea, but you won't be able to get there without making a bunch of horrible mistakes with other webcomics before you approach your great idea. It's all trial and error. Start trialing.
Hope that was helpful?