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Talking About Speech Balloons: Introduction

Speech balloons can also be referred to as speech bubbles, dialogue balloons, or word balloons. In this series it will be referred to as a speech balloon. A speech balloon is a graphic to convey a message from a character either by speech…

Ask an Artist July 2017 Roundup

I write a series called "Ask an Artist" at Comic Indie where I field a question and compile the responses from the writers and artists at Comic Indie. Here are my compiled my personal responses for the month of July. Question #1: How do…

Ask An Artist June 2017 Roundup

I write weekly Friday articles called "Ask an Artist" at Comic Indie where I field a question and compile the responses from the writers and artists at Comic Indie. I compiled my personal responses for June. Question#1: How do you…

How To Make a Crazy Funny Comic Strip

A comic strip is a series of drawing telling a brief story, typically in a humorous way. If each strip delivers a complete joke, the comic is considered to be in the gag-a-day genre. The gag-a-day comic is usually told in three panels, but…

Ask An Artist May 2017 Roundup

I write weekly Friday articles at www.ComicIndie.com. A reoccurring feature is called "Ask an Artist" where I field a question and compile the responses from the writers and artists at Comic Indie. With this post I compiled all of my…

10 Tips for Effective Character Design

Here are ten useful tips to use for character design. 1. Know your Audience Tailor your character to the appropriate audience. For children, characters can be simple and drawn in a modern art style. For adults, characters can be more…