How to Draw and Paint Nostalgic Comics...
Updated: 21 May 2018
... in 3 steps:
- Pencil sketching
- Pen sketching
- Painting with markers
Comic strips, comic books, cartoons, graphic novels, manga, anime and animated films were drawn and some are still drawn in 2D.
Nostalgic comics are characterized by contour lines.
1. Pencil Sketching
Pencil sketching is a technique for figurative drawing from observation.
The obvious advantage of pencil sketching is the ability to erase and modify it.
Note: It is important NOT to hard pressing down the pencil while drawing, in order to prevent any scars or dents on the drawing paper.
Sketching, erasing and adjusting the sketch until it reaches the desired outcome:
2. Technical Pen Sketching
The second step is to draw on the pencil sketch with a Technical pen.
Technical pens come with different nib sizes. A smaller nib will be great for small details, while a bigger nib is better for thicker contour lines.
It will take around a minute for the dye to dry. Only then, it is safe to gently erase the pencil sketch.
It is possible to sketch directly with a pen, once mastering the art of pencil sketching.
A technical pen sketch is a kind of coloring page.
Therefore, for homemade coloring pages, one should stop after this step.
3. Painting with Markers
It is best for markers use a suitable paper that does not absorb the dye.
How to pick colors:
The color on the marker body or cap is not necessarily the color that will show on paper.
It is very useful to create a palette of all the markers' colors in advance:
After choosing the colors to be used, it is time to paint:
How to Choose the Right Color
It is possible to use an image-editing program like Adobe Photoshop or Paint.net and utilize the color picker tool to check for the exact color.
Filling a big area with the chosen color will help to see the correct hue.
Then using a marker pen with the same hue and brightness value:
Example for Drawing and Painting Naruto
Step 1. Sketching with a pencil:
Step 2. Sketching with a technical pen:
Step 3. Erasing the pencil sketch and coloring with markers:
Painting Comics' Backgrounds
Depending on the marker's brand and the kind of paper that is being used, it will be, sometimes, hard to reach a smooth texture for a large area.
It is a good practice to divide an area into smaller areas by adding objects like trees.
It is recommended to use a paper suitable for markers, especially when using water-based markers.
When using a paper that is made for pencil sketching, alcohol-based markers will work better than water-based markers.
Everybody can learn the craft of sketching.
A recommendation: Consider attending a basic course for learning to pencil sketch and to draw anything and everything from observation.