Saturday, December 25, 2010

What would you say are the top 5 things an artist must do to draw dynamic and expressive figures in comics?

1. Observation: watch gymnastics footage, Parkour, acrobats, etc so that you can see how extremely the human body can move.

2.Remember that it's comic books. Walt Disney use to say "All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable." That means not being afraid to go extreme occasionally for effect.

3. For your characters to be credible, there's a certain amount of acting involved, so study peoples body language and try to replicate that in your work.

4. Watch how faces move, what they're capable of expressing, particularly the eyes.

5.Realism is a trap, unless you're going for that type of stiffness in your work. Even Rockwell and Sargent allowed for a certian amount of fantasy and whimsy in their work.

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One of the most popular and prolific pencillers in the comic book industry, Jamal Igle is an award winning artist and writer. Best known for his run on Supergirl with writer Sterling Gates, Jamal has been a professional jack of all trades for nearly 20 years, drawing every title from Action Comics to Zatanna for DC Comics. A former comics retailer, Editor for several small press companies including TV Comics, Airwave Comics and Destination Entertainment. Former Junior Art Director and Marketing rep in the Advertising and publishing arenas. Jamal's clients include Marvel Comics, image Comics, Dark Angel productions/ Simmons and Company, Devil's Due Studios, Crusade Entertainment, Walt Disney inc., Sony Television, CBS Television and Scholastic Entertainment. Jamal has also worked as a conceptional artist for the Toy and gaming industries as well as film and television. Jamal is married to his beautiful, and much smarter wife Karine.They're also the proud parents of an extremely cute child named Catherine and a Cat named Loustique