Learn to write comics directly in page layouts without (necessarily) drawing. Stay attuned to the visual: draft comics in words and design simultaneously.
The Festival International de la Bande Dessinée (FIBD) is breathing hard down our necks—the whole town is being transformed day by day into the banner-strewn tent city I remember from my previous visits. Matt and I have been put to work by many different comics-related institutions in town, and we’ve got a full plate. Here’s what we have […]
¿Qué es una “novela grafica”?—’What is a ‘graphic novel’?” poster is published in Spanish and distributed to libraries and schools across Colombia.
Mastering Comics, the sequel to Drawing Words and Writing Pictures, is out and can be purchased directly from us or from your favorite vendor via this link. Mastering Comics weaves together a number of inter-related streams, including: creating and developing stories coloring, both by hand and using the computer expanding your inking palette–incuding digital inking perspective basics: both linear […]
Mastering Comics from First Second Books The second in the Drawing Words & Writing Pictures series, Mastering Comics goes deeper and wider, introducing everything from webcomincs to color, and helps the developing artist get from spark to finished work, in the hands of readers. More about Mastering Comics. Order Mastering Comics. Drawing Words […]
diy: tracing A more complete tracing demo is in chapter 8 of DWWP. OK, this may sound totally idiotic; i.e., why should I teach you how to trace? So you can copy other people more easily? No, it’s so you can trace yourself more easily. Sometimes this is an incredibly useful, necessary thing to do. […]
There’s more up-to-date and clear information on materials throughout DWWP. Paper: Page size: Whenever we talk about page size, we’re actually talking about “image area”, which means the part of the page on which you are actually drawing. It doesn’t matter if your paper is the size of a football field, the image area, the […]
the process of drawing comics a la Jessica as of 1998 I’ve noted applicable chapters in DWWP throughout the tutorial below. One other note: in case you care, there’s some naughty language in the panels depicted below. Fair warning. First of all, and I wish I didn’t think I had to say this, this is […]
Drawing Words & Writing Pictures is a systematic course on that teaches the alchemical art of combining words and pictures to make comics. In it, we have laid out a complete, structured syllabus that guides students from creating narrative within a single drawing to orchestrating all the skills involved in creating a multi-page, complex story. learn […]
The Drawing Words & Writing Pictures project is comprised of two textbooks and a website, all by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden. In a bit of either brilliance or perversity, we’ve named the project overall Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, the first of two textbooks Drawing Words & Writing Pictures (aka DWWP), and the website ALSO Drawing Words […]