How to draw comics

One of the simplest ways to create a comic is the comic strip, which is usually 3-4 panels long. The Japanese have their version of the comic strip, called ‘yon-koma‘ manga or ‘4-panel’ manga. This kind of short strip is very easy to create, using a formulaic narrative structure called kishotenketsu. This 4-step narrative division derives from an old Chinese poetry structure of four-line compositions.

 

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Here is an example by manga artist Susumu Katsumata.

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This one below was published in manga artist Yukichi Yamamatsu’s Hindi manga ‘Cycle Rickshaw wale ki Dukaan’. 

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An explanation on ‘kishotenketsu’ by the people who run Silent Manga Audition.

Below are some old examples of 4-panel comics in a Japanese manga magazine

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Here is a step-by-step process for drawing longer story comics. How to draw comics-01How to draw comics-02How to draw comics-03How to draw comics-04

TIP: Draw on a larger size than the print size. For example, if your print size is A5, then draw on at least A4 size or larger, and reduce the image size after scanning.

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Here is an example of a start-to-finish process of completing a page.

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ROUGH DRAFT (A4 size paper)
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FINAL PENCILS – A3 Size Bristol Board (Ivory Board) Paper
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INKING (Using dip pens and black drawing ink)

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COMPLETED PAGE (black areas filled in and pencil lines erased)