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Becoming a comic artist (part 2)

Dec 12, 2017

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I think before we start such a large project we should first define for ourselves what we want to do. Of course we can change our goals all the time but it is a good idea to have at least a reference, a description of what we want to achieve and how we want to make it happen. In this article I will try do things differently. It makes no sense for me just to tell you what I want to do. You would not gain anything from it. So I will list all the major question I went through to come to my conclusion and I will comment every one of them. I will look at every question from the perspective of a storyteller.
1. What interests me?
This question defines the frame of the subjects in which I have an interest in. This are the subject where I am willing as a comic artist to put my time and focus on. I believe this is one of the most important question to ask ourselves, so I especially careful answering it for me.

2. What does not interest me?
As it is fundamental to know what interests me it is crucial to have an idea on what I have no interest in. As creating comics is a passion and is primarily just for fun sake I believe these are the subjects I should better avoid. I think I should concentrate on a project I am passionate about, not one which will do nothing for me.

3. What type of stories I like?
We have to consider the type of stories we like. Do I prefer long or short stories? Romance or action? Drama or epic? This question might give an answer on how to approach a story.

4. What style do I like?
This question lets me think on two aspects of a comic. First, what art style I am drawn to and secondly what style of storytelling am I exceptionally fond of. Me for example I like stories which are not to serious but treat difficult themes. The successful Disney Animation movie “Zootopia” is one example for such a story.

These are the four main question I went through to find the subject for a new comic project. So I decided to make a comic about an adventure or an expedition. it will be set in an 18th century steampunk setting. I hope this article is useful for you own projects and I would be glad if it might help you make your ideas come to life. Next time I will write about how I collect different ideas to be able to write the basic story of the comic.
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