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How to Make Comics Strips

Illustration Tutorial by Paris Christou

Learn how to make comic strips with renowned illustrator and animator, Paris Christou!

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Sketchbook Pro Tutorial

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Your instructor uses the desktop version of Sketchbook Pro by Autodesk, but you can choose any illustration software you own. If you choose to use a sketching program for the iPad, two recommended apps are Sketchbook Pro for iPad and Art Studio for the iPad.

Course taught by Paris Christou

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Paris Christou, professional instructor and YouTuber-extraordinaire, teaches this fantastic course on how to draw in elaborate detail. Paris is a full time animator, pin-up artist, children’s story book illustrator, and has his own comic series for a nationally distributed newspaper in the UK.

How to Make Comic Strips

In this six hour course you will learn how professional animator and illustrator, Paris Christou, maps out a strip, creates character model sheets, draws background art, adds typical comic strip elements (fonts, balloons, panels), and finally, completes three fully rendered cartoons in real time.

Paris also covers many of his own tricks to finishing comic strips on a deadline. For example, he discusses how to simplify your characters to draw them quicker and more efficiently by pulling common poses from a model sheet. He explains the correct way to brainstorm your character’s personalities and environments which will be your tool for coming up with stories, humor and engaging strips. Paris also teaches how to avoid common mistakes that most people make when starting to produce their own comic strips.

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Over 6 hours of comic strip tutorials, broken into four fun sessions…

Getting Started and Initial Design – 115 Minutes

This first session introduces the course, the concept of “combo design” to construct characters, and then how to create a character sheet.

Ideas and Environments –  110 Minutes

Paris explains common mistakes people make when creating comic strips. He also teaches you how to brainstorm in a way that will always foster ideas for stories, gags and jokes! He also presents his script for the final three comic strips drawn in the series. The session also discusses Line of Action and how to draw background and environmental art. 

Fonts and Drawing a Complete Strip – 90 Minutes

The first video in this session teaches font and lettering technqiues. Then Paris begins the first of three fully realized strips. Watch in real-time as Paris sketches the entire three panel strip, cleans up his work, and then polishing off this classic black and white strip.

Two Complete Strips and Publishing Tips – 135 Minutes

Paris demonstrates in real-time his step by step process from sketching, to clean up, and then coloring a horizontal strip and a full paged silent strip. The final video covers marketing and self-publishing tips. 

How to Make Comic Strips

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