New Character Designs

Effective and efficient character design conveys traits and personality. The use of colors and shapes communicates information to the audience. I previously wrote about 10 tips for character design. I used information from that article and

jphistudio presents July 2020

I started a new cartoon series called, "jphistudio presents". It's tagline is "Random comic for random times." On the most part, I plan they will be one panel. Every now and then I'll incorporate trivia, like the one featured about an

Mateys Book 2

The second Matey's comic book, "Attack of the Sludge Monster" is now available! There are 24 pages packed of fun and goodness. Purchase a physical or electronic copy at: Indyplanet.

Cinematography in Comics: Height

Comics and movies are both visual mediums, sharing image elements. A comic panel is like a cinematography's camera shot, being the audience's point of view. This is the second part of a series discussing cinematography elements that can be

Cinematography in Comics: Distance

Movies and comics are both visual mediums conveying a story; they both share image elements. A comic panel is like a cinematography's camera shot, it's the audience's point of view. To effectively communicate an interesting, dynamic story,

Panel Flow

Panel flow is the manner in which an artist places panels on a page encouraging a reader to follow in a certain direction. An artist places visual queues, like a guiding map, so a reader's eyes will follow the page until completion. This

Panel Shapes

Panel shapes can be used to create a wide variety of visual effects. Typically, a panel shape is square or rectangular, but it doesn't have to be. This is the third part of a four part series discussing a comic page's panel layout.

Panel Size

An artist can elect to use a consistent panel size all the same throughout a project or utilize a variety of sizes to impact pacing and tone. This is the second part of a four part series discussing a comic page's panel layout. Small

Panel Layout-Introduction

Panel layout is the design concept a comic artist utilizes to convey visual and written information. There is a wide variety how an artist may elect to communicate their ideas. The methods can range from a simple, straightforward panel

My Drawing Concept Process

I thought I would write an entry about my drawing concept process. Here are the step I follow with an example of a recent drawing. 1) Come up with a concept/idea. I typically sketch my drawing with pencil and paper. My best ideas come