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Things to Keep in Mind When Penciling Your Comic

Updated: Aug 1, 2021

After a brief respite from working on my webcomic, the time has come. I've started penciling the next chapter of Tujec, my visual story/webcomic.

Sneak peek of penciled page one, Tujec

A teeny sneaky peeky at page one.

However, as I've begun to dip my toes in the water, I've remembered rather suddenly that this is my least favorite part of the process. I'm sure some people can pull comic pages out of thin air like they were born to do it.

I, however, am not one of these people. In my quest to make this process as simple as possible, I have journeyed to the You of the Tube archive to consult with the masters of this practice and perhaps glean some of their wisdom. I am but a novice, but I will share with you some of the techniques which I have found to be the most useful this week.

Other Artists' Process

Mark Crilley, Children's Manga Author and Illustrator

Mostly, I spent my time familiarizing myself with other artists' processes. I watched videos created by digital artists and by traditional artists. Mark Crilley's process is the one I clicked the most with.

I actually hate creating a million thumbnails. So his process that consists of script, really rough sketch, slightly less rough sketch, and then clean pencil work on intended paper really appeals to me.