If you’re going to be drawing webcomics, one of the things you will almost inevitably have to do at some point is draw a person. Since we are surrounded by people (or images of people at the very least) every day, we have become very good at recognising when a drawing of a person does not look right. Learning to draw humans (or a passable facsimile of a human) is one of the entry-point skills you will need if you are going to be a success at making webcomics.
You don’t get ahead by being lost in the crowd, as some business person or lifestyle coach has inevitably said at some time. It’s as true in the vacuous world of “lifestyle gurus” as it is in comics.
Many popular comic websites contain little extra jokes in the form of mouseover text; the little captions that appear when you rest the mouse on a link, image or even general text. xkcd is probably the most famous for this, given that it has at least one joke or comment on each comic (and sometimes they are funnier than anything in the main comic).
If you have ever had problems getting your characters’ expressions just right, or you want to make sure they convey the right level of emotion, this website may help you.
Cross hatching, the ancient art of drawing intersecting lines, is something that has never seen a significant amount of favour in web comics. This may be due to a number of issues, the main one being the dominance of low-res images during the formative years of online comic publication, but with the advent of higher quality displays, adding a little cross hatching can really add a sense of depth to your comics.
It’s the traditional time for starting a webcomic, so here’s a video guide for those of you who want to make a comic on the Internet.
The winners of this year’s Webcomic List Awards are now live. The list of winners is well worth a look.
The Rule of Three is a very common tool in the writer’s arsenal which helps to build a basic but serviceable story, or even the structure of a joke.
I’m not usually one for requests, especially requests that involve me shutting up; even for a day. Nevertheless, when Noel Curry of Dialogue Free Comics Day emailed me about this year’s event, I had to say something about it. Oh, the irony.