See a perspective grid in action.
Watch artist Kyle T. Webster turn on and use a perspective grid to sketch a robot.
Storytelling is of the utmost importance.
Stories progress in comic book art through a storytelling tool called “panels.” Panels are the boxes in which a moment of each scene is contained. Even the simplest three-panel comic strip shows a visual storytelling progression from the first to the last image. In animation, each illustration is used to showcase movement from second to second. The first time you sit down to draw consecutive comic panels, you’ll realize a big creative choice in comic art is how much you can have happen between two panels without confusing the audience. Readers won’t need to see two characters walk all the way from ordering food to sitting at a table to understand the progression, but characters going from Earth to the moon in two panels could be confusing.
“What makes one comic artist stand out over another is the ability to communicate a story easily.”
“What makes one comic artist stand out over another — even if an artist is a really great illustrator — is the ability to communicate a story easily,” explains former Marvel Comics editor and founder of the Comics Experience online school, Andy Schmidt. Artistic storytelling ability can be seen in the way an artist lays out panels on a page and how they draw the story beats within those different frames. Comic creators use simplistic storyboard-style art called “layouts” early in the process so the storytelling can be polished before any of the backgrounds and figures are fully rendered. With the storytelling fine-tuned in layouts, the artist then transforms sketchy art into a page of fully illustrated panels.