Updated on 16 October, 2021
In this new video from the Internet's Creativity Movement production, David Chelsea and his famous hollow-head student Mug Chohan explain the many facets of comic book art. David discusses the creation of iconic superheroes like Batman and Superman. He also explains the importance of iconic villains like Bane and Joker that have made their mark on popular culture. The video ends with a look at the future of digital comics and what they mean for the future of entertainment. If you enjoy these types of videos as much as I do then this is a must see!
The video begins with David explaining how he draws the layouts for many of the comic book artists that we recognize and admire. He then shows a couple of examples of his work including one that he created for superstar Christian Bale. We then get an insight into the importance of perspective and how it relates to comic book artists. David then demonstrates how the two forces interact in some of his work and offers an example of how he uses perspective to draw an imaginary scene from the perspective of the third party in the story.
The next part of the video focuses on the importance of understanding depth. David presents a drawing that he did for a comic book event. In this drawing he drew portions of the action from the right and parts from the left. What is important here is knowing the difference between seeing things from the right or left perspective and knowing it is the right or left perspective.
In the next part of the video David talks about the challenges faced by modern cartoonists when drawing any scene. He relates this to the process of drawing comic book action scenes because it can be difficult for artists to stay on point due to the fast pace of action. He talks about how artists should make their work flow and how he helps them accomplish this through knowing how the various shapes will relate to one another and how to make each shape stand out more than other shapes.
In the final part of the video the discussion turns to drawing attention to details. Many artists struggle with drawing attention to details because they are not sure where to begin. David has a simple solution for this and shows a drawing that he did while on a break from working on a project for DC comics. In this drawing he is not only using large chunks of white space, he is also utilizing small details. He knows how to use small details and make them stand out, something that many artists struggle with.
This was a great video that gave a lot of insight into the importance of perspective in comic book art. It demonstrated the value of learning this art as well as sharing this knowledge with others who may be interested in how it can enhance their own work. I would highly recommend this video to all comic book artists. It could serve as a starting point for many people who are just beginning. As he shows in the video, once you learn how to draw with perspective you can apply this same technique to other forms of art.
He is right about one thing though, if you are serious about drawing this comic book style you will need to get your hands on a copy of "Comic Art by Mark Twain" which is actually the basis for this type of work. There are other books that have valuable information about this style as well but nothing compares to the first two volumes of this work. The other volumes are very nice also but they will not provide you with the insight that the first two volumes will.
There is a new book available that is written by the famous Stan Lee and illustrated by Stan Lee. "How To Draw Comics" is a work of art that every aspiring artist should add to their comic book artists portfolio. This book is full of step by step easy to follow instructions that even a person that has little or no work experience can use to create excellent work. I highly recommend it.