Updated on 16 October, 2021
Comic Books have been around for many years and continue to be an invaluable part of our culture. Comic books have an impact on children and adults alike. In fact, most comic books sold today are collected by adults as well as children. Comic books give us a glimpse into the dark world of our past and present. Comic books tell the compelling stories of our favorite comic book heroes.
Comic art styles are defined by how the story is told. There are three distinct art styles that can be described to explain the telling of a story in comics. These three styles are cartoonist style, in-frame image style and the dry drawn style. Comic artists need to pay attention to how each of these different art styles affect the telling of a particular comic book.
Comic book illustrators will use two different styles while rendering the final piece of comic art. The painterly style is similar to a painter's brush stroke technique where details are rendered with dark and light strokes, and highlights with soft and sometimes hard strokes. This style is very smooth. In contrast, the pencil drawing style is similar to the traditional pencil drawing where detail is imparted with smudges or lines.
To create the desired comic book look, the artist must choose the right combination of three types of media. One way to create the desired comic book look is to use three different layer styles. This is done through the layering of paint and drawing mediums. There are advantages and disadvantages to using these three layer styles. For example, layering can be applied to create depth or allow artists to add shading without sacrificing the accuracy of the image.
The painterly style provides for a clean, uncluttered look to the final piece. This is a good choice when the image is flat and non-contrasted. When layers are applied to the top layer of the image, the illusion of depth is achieved as the image is painted in layers, giving the effect of shadows and subtle earth tones. This type of effect can be obtained using charcoal, pencil, and watercolors.
Another option is to use the pencil style. A flat finish can be achieved by layering dry erase markers and/or pencils. It is best to apply this type of artwork to a high quality stock photo to achieve the best results. The main advantage is that artists can work on this artwork at any stage of the process without concern for developing it into a finished piece. One major disadvantage is that the finished artwork may not be at the same 300 dpi as the original illustration or print.
One final option for creating the illusion of depth with comic book style text is to use cel shading. This technique requires the artist to blend selected shaded areas of a photograph to create subtle effects. These shaded areas can be blended to produce various degrees of shading, depending on the final desired result.
There are many other drawing and painting techniques that can be applied to comic books, but these techniques are the most popular and are usually the easiest to master. For example, most beginners begin their studies of comic books via digital means. Digital art allows the artist to replicate the styles and techniques that are used in traditional media, as well as create their own unique versions. There is no reason to limit one's art to only comics and films. Almost anything can be reproduced digitally via digital means, and the simplicity and flexibility of this process has made it popular among hobbyists who would rather skip the investment in traditional mediums. To see samples of digitally reproduced comic books, check out sites such as Digital Illustration Shop and Artifice.