How to Draw Cartoons > Comic Strips

It is not so easy as it looks to draw the comic strip. It tells a continued story, which mayor may not be completed in a single strip. You must keep the story's continuity, and still avoid monotony. To make the characters talk you use "balloons," and these must be planned so as to be prominent, easy to read, and so it is easy to see who is talking.

At the same time space must be provided for the characters who do the talking.

Each unit in a comic strip is a complete and individual composition in itself Yet your whole strip must show unity. One unit may show a distant view, another a close-up, another just a head.

Some comic-strip artists plot their own stories; many employ "gag" writers to provide ideas. Often when you draw each unit in your strip you are guided by the story. Whether to draw characters close up or distant often depends upon the importance of their actions. But you must watch to see that each unit in the strip is entirely complete as an interesting composition.

Study current comic strips and note the variety in composition. Try to make your comic strip interesting and truly artistic. True enough, many comics of today are anything but artistic. But rather than to follow the trend of the day and draw monstrosities, it is more fitting that the new comic-strip artist seek to do his bit toward raising the standards of the comics. There are in current circulation a few comic strips that may truly be called art.

Note the use of color in the strips. You can use your imagination all you like! Though most comic strips are not colored realistically, they give the impression of realism. Try it for yourself.

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