Studying the best – what you can learn

I think with comics, just like fine art and graphic design (two things I studied in school), you can learn an awful lot from studying the “masters” of the medium. I mean there’s a reason why they’re the best. So with that in mind, I’ve spent the first couple months this year studying quite a bit of artwork to try to actually learn something that I can then apply to my own work. I produce OTV pretty much alone without a whole lot of feedback. This means that if I want to learn and grow, I need to push myself and learn from the guys who are really doing the best work out there. And it’s humbling when you really studying their work instead of just “looking” at it as a fan.

Here are some of the things that I’m researching:

  • storytelling
  • lighting
  • spotting blacks
  • settings and backgrounds
  • anatomy

I guess the question is: can you see the progress in my work? I know I can. I look back at those early pages and I either got something right out of pure luck (ok there might have been some talent in there somewhere, but still…) or they’re just horrible. So yeah, it’s a work in progress and I hope it’s worth it!

About jason

Illustrator and graphic designer. When not working full time as a Senior Graphic Designer, I am usually working on the graphic novel On the Verge: the Arrow of Time. Artist on Andrew Jackson in Space and The Sisters.

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