Kav's Tips for Comic Artists - When It's Time to Start Over
by A. "Kav" Kaviraj
Comic book artist, A. Kaviraj, continues his op/ed series of providing useful tutorials for comic book artists.
Okay, this article is not for the faint of heart. When myself and Tony Wright finished our 120 page graphic novel 'Dr Death vs the Zombie',
we were proud of it for about a second. Then after discussions with the creator of Dr Death, professor Aaron Schutz, we realized the story
could be better. I also realized the art could be better. And, the lettering had to be digital. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't do
professional grade lettering.
So, we rolled up our sleeves and started over. Here I share some before/after panels for you, so you can see what I'm talking about. I
hope you also are not daunted by the possibility of completely re doing something. This can happen if you are seriously determined to have
a product strong enough to get picked up by a publisher, a near impossible feat.
Okay, here's a before and after of Dr Death. Notice the much less awkward facial expression and much better spotting of blacks. The lines
are cleaner and less hesitant which equals pro.
Here's a before after of the break room scene guest starring Sean Phillips. The new panels also upped the ante by adding Ed Brubaker!
You can see the better drawing quality. The character are much more naturally placed and drawn.
The vampires. The original vampires-well I just didn't like the look of them so I completely redesigned them and drew them better. They
look less creepy, which as you get to know them actually makes them more creepy.
The pawn shop scene before and after. The lines are much cleaner and I didn't overdraw.
The scene in the bar where doc senses his barmates. I went for a more natural look as drawing is easier for me now than a year ago when
I drew the before pics. The poses, expressions-all more natural.
The bartender chick. The before chick looks kinda goofy-almost like an elf. The after is better overall.
And finally the infamous Zombie-controlling skull. I can't believe, actually, how bad I drew it originally. It's even placed wrong on the table!
You can tell when an artist is 'not quite there' yet in ability when you see searching in the lines. A proficient artist knows exactly where each line needs to go and slaps them down without hesitation. If you ever see hesitation in your work, start over!
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A. KAVIRAJ: Kav is an artist, teacher, and biologist who lives in Sacramento, California. He is the artist forThe End of Paradise, Rapid City, and Dr Death vs The Zombie. He is the writer and artist for Dr. Death vs. The Vampire. E-mail: email@example.com
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