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Comic Book Drawing In 3 Styles

Updated on June 18, 2009

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The 3 Styles Of Drawing A Comic Book That I like

Drawing comic books all comes down to a personal style, one that you decide upon when first starting to draw comic books, your drawing style becomes your own over time as you begin to study other artists that you admire on a professional level. So what are the comic book art styles?

Well there are a few noticeable ones, but let us take a look at each one in turn:

Manga - Japanese Anime Style

The Japanese comic book style of manga is one that has been adopted by many artists all over the world, the subtle differences in anime art style are minute, but the manga style is an effective comic book style that combines action and character so well hat many artists prefer to use this form of art to convey their stories with this art alone.

The Japanese manga style is an easily recognizable style to adhere to and there are many artists that draw like this and it works for them to draw the manga way.

Cartoon Comic Art

This is a method that doesn't really rely on any small apsects of realism, it only uses the exaggeration of the human form and physical features into something that is more cartoon like and that much simpler in line structure, some people us the manga style and break it down to produce a comic book cartoon art form that is much like a watered down version of manga.

Those classic cartoon strips that are often referred to as the daily funnies are good examples of cartoon comic art that we see in the newspapers and there are infinite possibilities with cartoon comic art.

American Comic Book Style

This art form is the standard that has been set by many popular comic book artists and icons of popular comic books from many publishers and it is the most accessible too. American comic art is the wider art form that many try to emulate and study to learn how to draw.

All the old comic book classics from marvel DC and some oter independent publishers have some of the best artwork that has evev been featured in a comic book, Classic artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, Neal Adams and many others, there comic book artwork just is still amazing today as it ever was. And there are lots of fantastic artists now creating amazing art for well respected comic books and that is what I like.

What Comic Book Style Do You Draw In?

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    • Savva Pelou profile image

      Savva Pelou 

      7 years ago from London

      very helpful tips, thank you

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      7 years ago

      i used to read a lot of comics in my child hood my favourites being chacha chowdary and tinkle. My favourite character is Pinky.

    • Woody Marx profile image

      Woody Marx 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am looking forward to your upcoming online web comic thing. I loved to read them as a kid, but if I tried to draw one it would come out as a mix of Salvidor Dali and other words...scary. ;)

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Drawing comic books can be seen in the styles that they are drawn and the differences are there to look at, I was a fan of the 2000AD comic book with judge dredd as a kid and this way of serialized comic books I grew heavily influenced by.

      But later any type of comic books, just really influenced me more as there was and stll is many comic book artists whose work I look at.

      Cheers Mike & GNworks!

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      9 years ago

      I don't care much for the magna style. I like all of the rest. Great article.

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      9 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I would guess you've seen Scott McCloud's very articulate and entertaining book, "Understand Comics", where McCloud takes the various styles of comic book art, throws them into a mixer and pours them back out again, redefining them in a structured way. As he analyzes the differences in comic art styles, he shows us the common elements in all of them.

      I was, of course, personally influenced by the American comics of the '60s onward. The other styles don't interest me as much because they don't trace back to my youth, but I can still appreciate them.

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      i'd like to draw some more manga, but at the moment my style has sort of stuck, because I'm so used to the way I draw now....oh well back to the drawing board!

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      Cam Anju 

      9 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      I would say out of these I draw manga most, really enjoy it.. and have been working with it for just over a year now! ^_^

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      As a child all I ever wanted to be was a comic book artist, in fact I only concentrated on it, ignoring everything and then became disillusioned by the whole thing of sending samples out to comic book companies that never ever got a reply or even a warranted a rejection letter.

      So that's why I am trying to do the online web comic thing soon.

      I like the broad general styles above as new ways of drawing can be learned from each and your own style just emerges from practicing what other artists do.

      Cheers for the comments Robert!

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      9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      I'd almost say that within each of these three broad categories are many different styles -- one look at the funnies would show that. And they overlap -- there are still some strips in the funnies done more in American Comics style, others have influences from manga. Manga itself falls into several categories based on readership that experts can spot in a glance. I know some of them annoy me a lot while some are attractive.

      Then there are hybrids with completely different types of art. When I look at something like the Sandman comics they can wander way off from the traditional Marvel-DC type of thing -- and lean off into areas of fine art that get categorized.

      But your three basic categories are good things to study for anyone who wants to become a comics artist. Picking a direction is a good thing, but looking at the other two for influences can seriously help. I think of strips like Pogo and they were great.


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