Ok. These aren’t exactly comic panels.
But the more I go through old books during this time spent at home, the more I discover “four panels” in other parts of literature.
Tolkien’s perspective and line variation are impressive. He incorporates straight lines, diagonal and curved lines, stipples, blacked out inks.
The man was non-stop.
The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull
I remember this
All Star Squadron issue being a Justice League comic. Turns out it’s the . Justice Society
Justice who? What kind of bench warming Justice League is this?
Hold up. Learn your comics history J.
The Justice Society was the first superhero team to ever appear in D.C. Comics.
They’re the godfather and godmothers of the superhero team-up game. Respect due.
All Star Squadron #28
Roy Thomas, Richard Howell, and Gerald Forton
Inspired by a
Van Gogh Museum tweet, I picked up this Cours de dessin book and took off.
I mean, if it worked for Van Gogh…
I’m amazed how a few curved and diagonal lines can render such an intricate part of the human face.
I remember picking four comics that I was going to read for the rest of my life. And one of those was Family Circus.
Let Lynda Barry’s encouraging words on drawing and Canada and Family Circus, help you through today.
Then go make some marks. Doodle. Sketch. Write a few bad sentences. Edit. Draw some more. Read.
Two stories in 4 panels.
Betty approaching, and then turning away from Archie is a story on its own.
Mark Waid and Fiona Staples
Small details can set the tone of a page.
Kean Soo melds the speech balloons into the gutters. A subtle but distinct use of the convention, one I’ve never seen before.
Flight, Volume Two
“Roughs” from Jeff Smith’s Bone. Probably the most polished roughs in history.
As a kid, catching a glimpse of a cartoonist’s rough pages provided endless inspiration and encouragement.
My mind melted when I discovered perfect panels didn’t immediately flow from the brushes of master cartoonists.
The Art of Bone
You couldn’t look at Jason’s drawings and not be compelled to draw.
Two heartfelt tributes to an inspirational artist:
Draw whatever you want, by Austin Kleon
No One Looked at New York Like Jason Polan, by Jerry Saltz
To release some of his jumpy energy and his mind’s ceaseless inventorying and inquisitiveness, Thurber drew. It was as habitual as his smoking. Writing-rewriting, as he often called it- required discipline, focus, research, an amped-up armature of full brain power that included memory, grammar, word and sentence sounds, a dialing in of the humorous of and the heartfelt, the meandering and the meaningful. But drawings? He considered his to be fluid, spontaneous, unhindered, and with rarely a need for erasure, revision, or polish. His daughter Rosemary remembers her father saying that he could even whistle while he drew.
A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber, by Michael J. Rosen
If you’re looking for some artistic inspiration, or need to smile, pick up
A Mile and a Half of Lines. After skimming through five or ten pages you’ll be feening to pick up a pencil and draw.