Here’s a delightful storyboard sequence from @Tallychyck.

tally-art:

Had this idea and decided to turn it into new storyboard samples for my portfolio!

greyallison:

Three PCs from my D&D home campaign, plus some more detailed close-ups. Best friends in and out of game. :)

Hi Lucy, I don’t know if you answer this kind of questions, but here I go. I've been drawing for a long time now, but I have this problem that has me stuck. Every time I try a to draw a page without reference, I tend to simplify and stylize the drawings, and generally I get things that I kinda like, but then I panic about getting stuck with a style that I don’t like and without knowing how to draw in any other way and then I just get back to just sketching. Anyway, thanks for your time.

lucybellwood:

Hm, this is a little hard to answer without seeing an example of your work (I couldn’t spot any on your blog — do you post it online anywhere?), but I can take a stab:

Anxiety about “style” is a common problem, but something you really shouldn’t sweat too much. One of my earliest mentors did me a huge favor by taking a look at my 11-year-old doodles (largely anime-influenced) and gentling telling me that I was good at what I was doing, but that maybe what I was doing could expand to be something more. I didn’t “abandon” my style, but I spent a long time learning how to draw from life and expanding my visual vocabulary.

Of course we always default to what we’re comfortable with when drawing without reference, and there is definitely a period where drawing from reference only results in stilted approximations of form and drawing without reference feels like you’re just skating by on second-hand habits and copied visual shorthand. But FEAR NOT! The solution to this problem is really, really simple:

Keep drawing. Keep drawing from life especially. The more you draw the more you’ll come to realize that style isn’t something you get “stuck” with — it’s an ever-evolving reflection of your artistic influences and interests. Making comics is a process of essentialization.

The key is to communicate clearly, so a certain amount of simplification is necessary, but you’ll never know what to simplify if you don’t draw from life and understand the foundational principles of whatever you’re trying to draw.

If life drawing gets the better of you and you hit a wall, try breaking down one of your favorite artist’s pages. How do they approach body language? Eyes? Hands? Panel composition? Study a different artist every day — and by study I mean draw from. Make marks. Get messy. Don’t get precious.

If you’re feeling stuck, get yourself unstuck. Draw more. The end.

You can do it!

Great advice from Lucy Bellwood, aka @lubellwoo.

We don’t know what’s going on here, but we support it.

We don’t know what’s going on here, but we support it.

challengerscomics:

Today at Challengers… we got the BEST postcard in the mail. stevelieber is a class act, you guys. Do yourselves a favor and check out his and nickspencerly’s hilarious Superior Foes of Spider-Man!

tally-art:

I drew Hellboy for the very first time for Multiversity’s 31 Days of Hellboy! :D

tally-art:

I drew Hellboy for the very first time for Multiversity’s 31 Days of Hellboy! :D

We have this image available as a big poster in our Etsy store! 
tragedyseries:

My apologies for the delay on this posting. I was caught up in adventures of my own and I wanted to be sure that each of you might have the opportunity to test your metal with this handy diagram before venturing forward on perilous endeavors. Best of luck, dear readers

We have this image available as a big poster in our Etsy store! 

tragedyseries:

My apologies for the delay on this posting. I was caught up in adventures of my own and I wanted to be sure that each of you might have the opportunity to test your metal with this handy diagram before venturing forward on perilous endeavors. Best of luck, dear readers

onipress:

Here are some photos of HELHEIM BOOK ONE: THE WITCH WAR, written by Cullen Bunn, art by our own Joëlle Jones, which hits stands on March 26th. Check out that six-page foldout!

greyallison:

A D&D character of mine in an oriental-themed setting. She’s a half-oni bard.

greyallison:

A D&D character of mine in an oriental-themed setting. She’s a half-oni bard.

rondanchan:

I can’t stop drawing Ellie from The Last of Us!
The idea for this one popped into my head after watching the making of videos for the game and DLC. It’s so cool seeing the creators talk about the process and see some behind the scenes stuff.
If you dig my art, make sure to check out my new Society6 shop! Get free shipping until March 9th using this link!

rondanchan:

I can’t stop drawing Ellie from The Last of Us!

The idea for this one popped into my head after watching the making of videos for the game and DLC. It’s so cool seeing the creators talk about the process and see some behind the scenes stuff.

If you dig my art, make sure to check out my new Society6 shop! Get free shipping until March 9th using this link!

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