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mollysheep



Joined: 26 Dec 2012
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:31 pm    Post subject: Simple art Reply with quote

Recently I've started a very simple pen and paper comic. The art is not terribly impressive, but I've been having a lot of fun with it, and I wanted to know people's opinions of this kind of comic.
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nsanelilmunky



Joined: 12 Nov 2012
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Define simple Razz I think it depends on if the simplicity has style or not. If it looks good whist being simple, it works. If it looks like the artist just doesn't know how to draw, then it won't *shrug* beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

...wasn't there a thread/topic like this not too long ago? I think I remember reading this before.
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AndToBeLoved



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A simple black and white comic of this nature could be just as good as complex one. It's all about style. What I'd suggest is putting a lot of effort into the lettering. If the art is going to be very simple, try to make the lettering really stand out in a unique way. Dave Sim's Cerebus is the best example of unique lettering that comes to mind at the moment. Really have fun with it. Food for thought, is all.

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ewomack
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good art won't make a comic all by itself, but, as has been shown time and time again, good or bad (passable) art and great writing will definitely make a comic... this doesn't appeal to the artists out there who work hard on their craft, and I don't blame them, but the majority of people who read comics very likely don't do so for the art... which I agree is sad... still, make your art the best that you can and make sure it's supported by interesting ideas and you'll do just fine... you can find countless examples of great comics that use only black pen on white paper...
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Kail



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think there's an important distinction between "simple art" and "bad art," though.

Simple art is something I've been trying (and mostly failing) to get better at for years, and it's one of the things a lot of manga style and newspaper comics do really well that I wish I could duplicate. There's a lot of skill in being able to convey an entire expression perfectly with just a few lines, to draw a character with just enough that you can recognize everything that the author wants to say about him while leaving everything else up to the reader.
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