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Is this a good Technique?

PostPosted: February 15th, 2019, 4:29 am
by Pidgeot Slayer
I am thinking of making a new comic becouse I can't draw much or for long on my iPad becouse it starts to get uncomfortable and I thought of using pictures* online to make a comic series
*= by "pictures" I mean by official screenshots or images on a fanchaise, movie, cartoon etc.
Is it a good technique?

Re: Is this a good Technique?

PostPosted: February 15th, 2019, 8:56 am
by eishiya
No, for several reasons:

- it's art theft
- it's inflexible, since you won't be able to get exactly the angles, poses, and colours you want
- it's inconsistent, since the images aren't likely to all match in style
- it's unappealing to most readers, who prefer original art, even if it's worse
- you won't improve at drawing by doing it

I think you'd be better off finding a better working method that doesn't hurt you, such as drawing on paper.
If you don't care whether your comic is drawn, you could also perhaps learn another medium - people make pixel art comics, lego comics, photo comics, etc. There are many ways to make original art beyond drawing it.
Sprite comics are another possibility, and they're also in a grey area since they use art from games, but companies who own that art tend to turn a blind eye to them, particular since the sprites are often edited.

Yet another possibility, if it's simply the time it takes to draw that makes you uncomfortable, is to take a page from sprite comics' playbook and create a bunch of your own character templates (different poses, facial features, etc) that you can then quickly arrange into panels and pages. It will be an upfront time commitment (you can spread the work over a longer time period), but it'll make it much quicker to make the pages, quicker than even using photos, since you won't have to search for them, and it'll be consistent, and you can always add more poses and such if you need them. The main drawback to this method is it'll never look quite as good and organic as having bespoke art for every page, and readers do pick up on that.

Re: Is this a good Technique?

PostPosted: February 15th, 2019, 1:59 pm
by catherineese
Re: Finding a different way that doesn't hurt you-

You may also benefit from trying to draw from a point that isn't the wrist, such as elbow or shoulder. I alternate between all 3 depending on what I'm working on so that way I'm not straining one particular area with long hours of work. That, and taking time away to do stretches and drink water. ... -cms-24173

Re: Is this a good Technique?

PostPosted: February 15th, 2019, 6:49 pm
by Pidgeot Slayer
Okay, is there any good apps on iPad (or websites that can easily be used) that I can use to make any of those other comics? (I don't have access to a computer )