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How I Draw Comics by Zombiesmile How I Draw Comics by Zombiesmile
[update 9/9/13] Due to constant theft, I've been forced to add watermarks.

Lately I have been getting a lot of questions about tips and tricks to comic making on Tumblr (main: mikikoponczeck.tumblr.com/, comic project: crash-n-burn-comic.tumblr.com/… and here as well, so I decided to answer some questions this way. :3

Since I didn't exactly explain toning, here's a useful insight into how other professionals do it: blackmoontides.blogspot.de/201…
Here's a video tutorials for Manga Studio: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIfJ3q…
I myself am currently mostly copy-pasting high resolution screentones. (no resizing!)

Drawing a 156 page manga usually takes me about 8-12 months. (covers and promo illustrations included)

Other general tips to get started:
•Have fun and draw what you enjoy, not what others might want to see! (pressure from others kills motivation)
•Start with small project and try finishing them!
•Don't worry about it not being perfect. It's inevitable that the first few pages will look dumb if you look back.
•You will get better the more you draw.


As always, please do not repost this on any website without my written consent (especially 9gag or Funnyjunk, etc).
Thanks to everyone who keeps an eye out for me and my work!♥ ^ 3^

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:iconilikmemes:
Ilikmemes Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018  Student General Artist
This is really helpful!
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ManaSparks Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for making this. It's very helpful.
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Risqullah Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018
Thank you for sharing this. This is so helpful
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ArtMakerProductions Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. This is really helpful as I'm going to college next year, and the course(s) I'm taking are their comics & graphic novels program. Thanks! :D (Big Grin) 
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yatocommish Featured By Owner Edited Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful!! Especially at the writing part. Thank you for this!! Happy New year to you!  ^ ^
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4EyedBlaccat Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful and the lil doodles are adorable x3 (Also toning isn't my friend either >_>" I know what you mean)
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morganasfaerie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing! I enjoyed the chibi expressions - the honesty was inspiring, especially when I'm feeling frustrated over a step =^.^=
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PrincessHMDP Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the cartoons!
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Huskingarts Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Student Traditional Artist

these tips will be of great help! thank you very much La love  
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:icondarkcat273:
DarkCat273 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much! This is a very helpful guild that I will be using!^~^
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harryhack91 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017
This kinda reminds me Bakuman. I find it just amazing how the manga artists alone make the most part of the job while on the anime industry (Which I learnt a bit about it by watching another good anime: Shirobako) there is a lot of staff involved for every single episode.

Keep it going and Merry Christmas (^_^)/
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AsakiTheDemon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Student Artist
Aaaa thank you <3
This actually helped me 
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CANIDStheInnovator Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
I am doing something similar to this, I am learning from Mark Crilley.
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FlowRellik Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
ooooh this is insightful!
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lamontrobinsonart Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's nice to see that you draw at about the same pace that I do.  It takes me about a year to create a finished manga, and I always assumed that I drew hideously slow and that everyone else was some kind of freakish speed artist.  And yes, looking back at the first pages of the first volume, I am absolutely horrified that I ever published them.  Thanks for the tips and encouragement!
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Blustreakgirl Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
The little tips you pointed out on the description real pushes the motivational part further
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:iconpersona-morgane:
Persona-Morgane Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank for this !
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:iconstopitliz:
StopItLiz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Student General Artist
I'm in the early stages of a comic myself, so this is really helpful! Thanks!!
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Beyworld101 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I love this here Heart 
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:iconriannatsume:
RianNatsume Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
I have an idea to make a romance story, but first I'll write it and then I'll draw it
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Peace-Lightborn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
This is a super helpful guide, especially to see the multiple steps that comprise the drawing portion of comics/manga, which I knew next to nothing about. Thanks for posting this.
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Kaiju-S Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
This is very helpful, thanks!
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:iconwolfiethefatdog:
WolfieTheFatDog Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! But I have a Wacom intuos medium pro. O.o
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Celexiaa Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so muchh
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TIMEX2987 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Who knew that your starting a youtube and the tumbnail is comics?
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Earlterm Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
lol i dont do a ton of comics but SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEE this is too funny well done with the length thing I cant fit squat on squat :)
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wastedpupper Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Student General Artist
this is p rad ♡ ty for this
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naruto392 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
Very helpful
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:iconmegadelphox:
MegaDelphox Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good to know! might do comics one day :3
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:iconviolet-dawnmlp:
Violet-DawnMLP Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm making a comic series, so this is actually super helpful! Thank you very much!
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ShimmeringSiren Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Student General Artist
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OakleyOverdxse Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
aaah this is really helpful!!
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:iconpumpkinchans:
PumpkinChans Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful!
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:iconacpastries:
ACpastries Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Student Artist
I have the same DRAWING TABLET :OOOOOOOOOOOO
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:iconkyrtuck:
kyrtuck Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, good for you.
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:iconphoenixkittyx5:
PhoenixKittyx5 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
imagine,
she had to storyboard this too...
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Krakla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
tru
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bcChappy Featured By Owner Edited Dec 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I use some of these steps but not all of them. I use an app called SketchBook to draw and Photoshop to do some editing (I don't use colors since its much faster) If you want to check out my comic I'm working on as well as critique it that would be appreciated. I called it The Good Life Of Chappy.
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:iconstormangel13:
Stormangel13 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017   General Artist
Actually very useful I didn't know what Sai was until now. Thank you.
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:iconriderb0y:
RiderB0y Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh The cycle of Life~
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:iconragingalduin:
RagingAlduin Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
Yeah, you're method is much more efficient than what I've been doing. Thanks for this. And your drawings are adorable. ^^
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LorenzoAndre Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017
it's on the what's hot section again.
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StupidCupidMusic Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist
wow this is really helpful and i finally know how to organize myself
had a lot of attempts but nothing really worked out hahahahaha
let´s see if my story will be interessting to people :D
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amsyarZeRo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I will use these tips for my future comics, but first I need to breach my laziness....Any tips on that?
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Chronogia Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! this really helps me to try to make my own comic!
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but since I have no Photoshop, sai, scanner or Tablet to draw comfy, I'll go hard en MSN paint!! :iconcrazylaughplz:
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desudubs Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
you can use medibang paint pro, it's like firealpaca but more advanced
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:iconchronogia:
Chronogia Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that sounds quite interesting
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:icondesudubs:
desudubs Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
it is! feel free to try it! :3
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Chronogia Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok c:
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