Comic Writing TutorialsHey deviantARTers-Comic Writing Tutorials3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I just finished up a 5 part comic writing tutorial run through on my blog and figured, since there are so many comic book fans and creative-types here, I'd post links to them here in case any of you might find them useful/interesting:
Part 1: Brainstorming
Part 2: Story Pacing
Part 3: Page Planning
Part 4: Scripting
Part 5: Dialogue
This isn't any kind of absolute-must-follow method, just the way I work and a few tips. If you found these posts helpful, feel free to let me know here (or on Twitter) and share the posts with your friends.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.
Fear of CreativityA rather unfortunate, yet commonplace problem amongst creative minds is one of fear: fear of being creative, fear of making something that could be terrible, fear of rejection, fear of judgment, fear of failure. This root fear seems driven by every artist's desire to make great work. After all, that is why creative people createto build or define beauty as they see fit. So when inspiration strikes, there is both a drive to create and an element of fear holding back. The apparent duality of this situation is actually multifaceted.Fear of Creativity3 years ago in Personal More Like This
First, there is the general fear of failure. Nobody wants to fail, creatively or otherwise, even though great minds have shown us that failure is necessary for improvement. This fear of failure manifests itself as hesitation and self-doubt, ultimately causing procrastination or just a delayed start, or even destroying the urge to create altogether.
Secondly, the fear of judgment. Fearing what others might think of the work, fearing comments of negativity
Live the dream, don't talk about it!Doug TenNapel, independent comics creator, is an inspiration to me in many ways. He has a fun, accessible art style that is dramatic and fresh. His story telling is always askew in the best of ways. I don't think I've read one of his graphic novels without having some smiles and a surprise or two along the way. On top of that, he is outspoken about almost everything in his life. (I think of him as the Rush Limbaugh of comics- oh man, that sounds really bad, but early Rush, not present day Rush, if that helps.) I agree with most things he states on Facebook. BUT- the thing I am most inspired about him is his drive (in the old days we would call that "work ethic"). The guy does NOT give up. Because of that, he single-handedly will put out a new graphic novel a year. While creating a webcomic. While pitching new TV show development ideas in Hollywood. While running a half marathon. While working freelance jobs.Live the dream, don't talk about it!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Quotes that i like!"TRAIN INSANE OR REMAIN THE SAME"Quotes that i like!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is so true guys!, You got to step up the game if you want to make it in life!
I would love to say that my painting skills came naturally, but man... that would be the biggest lie I've ever told! Im sure is the same for the rest of the art community, this is a way of life!, you need to embrace it, give it your best everyday and make it to where you want to be.
Those ideas are not going to paint themselves guys!.. Time to paint!
How Do I Find An Artist to Collaborate With?In previous tutorial posts I've talked about my comic writing methods and helpful tips on pitching original stories to comic publishers. This time I'm going to talk about a subject every creator-owned comic writer has wracked their brains over: How do I find a good artist to work with?How Do I Find An Artist to Collaborate With?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Click through to read the full article on my blog.
On Motivation and LeadershipAs the leader of a team, I often read books and articles about subjects related to my role: leadership, management, in-house design, etc. I feel it is my responsibility to improve upon my abilities as a leaderto understand how to do my job better, to avoid and/or remedy problems, to be a source of inspiration, and of course to keep my team happy and motivated. While I don't consider myself the best leader ever, I hope I'm doing a good job, and I certainly do make a concerted effort rather than lackadaisically resting on my laurels.On Motivation and Leadership3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The topic of motivation in the workplace is hot right now. The world at large is trying to reform how it does business in the interest of efficiency and better productivity. In my view, proper motivation is not about more frequent output, but about more effective output. I think this is where a lot of the authors and thinkers and bloggers and drinkers are off course, actuallythey think a motivated workforce will produce more, whereas I bel
Working hard (not) for the moneyA friend of mine just showed me a blog post from screenwriter and author of INVISIBLE INK, Brian McDonald. Read this! This is talking about writing screen plays but APPLIES to all of the arts and BREAKING INTO THAT DREAM JOB. I get emails all the time from artists that want "TIPS" about how to get better- THERE ARE NO TIPS! It is hard work and lots of it that makes you great. Read on from Brian......Working hard (not) for the money2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Working Hard for the Money
My step father once told me, when I was a kid, that what made someone a professional rather than an amateur was that they were paid for what they did. He was wrong.
Many people use my step father's explanation for what makes a professional and I find that it leads to shoddy workmanship because it takes the focus off of getting good at what we do and shifts it to getting good enough to get paid. Or even worse just getting paid. The craft is often thrown out the window in favor of just doing whatever it takes t
Drawing Tip Videos are up!Hey all, I hope you're having a good Friday. I just found out that my publisher, FOCAL PRESS, has just uploaded a few videos I made to coincide with the release of my new book, "CHARACTER MENTOR" (April). The first one is a "why I wanted to write Character Mentor video" (which you may have seen before) but the last 5 are short "Drawing Tips" videos that I think you might like. I'm hoping to make more. They will live on my new website soon (Shhh, I'll tell you about that in a bit!), but for now check them out at the FOCAL PRESS BLOG: http://bestanimationbooks.com/general/tony-bancroft-charcter-mentorDrawing Tip Videos are up!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
PS. Look at the link in you browser when you click it. You'll notice they got my name wrong. As a twin, you gotta get used to that....
Creative Thinking ProcessI've had a few people ask me how I go about thinking up ideas for my art. I thought it would be fun to share a few of my brainstorming ways because I would love to hear everyone elses process. I wish I could start listing some real revolutionary, never seen before, brand new patent pending process of creative thinking. Honestly, the steps and checklists I use to sketch out ideas are pretty predictable. Perhaps I'll be able to add some clever ones you guys use.Creative Thinking Process3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'll start with an object of interest. This could be any person, place, or thing that I think would be fun to sketch. I sat down once and thought it would be fun to do something with a bear, and I ended up with a couple of fun ideas from it and subsequently went through a bear phase in my art. What you pick or find interesting is obviously inspired by life and your surroundings. I did art with a goldfish in it inspired from my wifes goldfish tank.
I have a very sad looking plant on the desk across from me (I guess I missed its
A LITTLE PHILOSOPHY ABOUT ART -- YOURS!If you had to sum up your basic philosophy on drawing, what would it be? Contribute an original quote - or a quote that pertains to you - which reflects your basic attitude and ethos about creativity.A LITTLE PHILOSOPHY ABOUT ART -- YOURS!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
My personal philosophy would have to be summed up like this:
"Drawing is not about expressing our feelings, but ability to produce feelings in others."