Comic Book Creator Resource Center

Easy access to the best comic book illustrator resources the web has to offer.

This page is dedicated to the misfits and creative kids who have an itch to scratch and a story to tell.

Below you will find templates and easy-to-follow instructions to get you started on your comic book creating adventures!

As you progress down this page you will notice that there are resources for every level of story telling, drawing and graphic novel creation to suit your own level of skill.  All you need to do is pick and choose.

There are also some book suggestions or recommended material to use like pens and the best types of paper.   Sometimes I use something called an "affiliate link" - that's a big word and it means that if you click on the link and buy something from that page, I might get some money from the people who sell the product.  This doesn't cost you anything extra - it's just a thank you to me for recommending their product.  

Comic Book Illustrator Shows The Whole Process

In this two part series, comic book illustrator Mark Crilley shows you how to start from scratch and work your way up to a full comic.

He stars with a blank page but I hope you don't think he jumps right in to drawing!

First he writes out his script:

Who is the story and this panel about?
What is this person doing?

What is this person thinking?

What is the goal of this scene?
How does Mark want to show the action?

Mark writes it out quickly, not worried about spelling, how neat the writing is etc.  This is simply a rough draft and gives him an idea of what he's going to put on the panels.

Second he reviews his notes and cleans up the text.

This is called "self editing" and it's about cleaning up the initial step.  This is important to get squared away before you start with your artwork.

Third he begins sketching the thumbnail rough draft.

Important here to note:  it's not about detail and certainly not about perfection at this point.

It's about seeing the idea for the first time on paper to get a feel.  Does this work?  Or do you need to go back to the first step and make changes, adding or taking something away?

Here Mark shares insights, for example: what is the desired path of the reader's eye?  You will notice that he's guiding the eyes to read the text at the top left to begin with but end at the bottom right.

Did you notice how many rough versions he did before really jumping into the "real" version?

Fourth he gets to drawing.

Now that Mark knows the idea in edited details, he can now move over to his comic paper (Bristol Strathmore - you can find it on amazon here).

He works with pencil so he can still make corrections easily.

Starting with light sketching and then moving into detail.

In the following video you will see Mark's inking process.

He uses a Pigma Micron 08, which is available on amazon:

Notice that he gives you a great tip on working with a ruler - make sure you work with an artist's ruler which is bevelled.

Feel free to move the paper around, allowing for the most natural flow from your wrist.

Have a flip through Brody's adventures:
"Brody's Ghost" books at Amazon:

Learn more from Mark Crilley:

"Mastering Manga" book at Amazon:

More Graphic Novels from Mark Crilley:

All 4 "Miki Falls" books at Amazon::

Comic Book Videos

In the following video you will see a super simple set up, quick and easy.

What kinds of stories can you tell?

And how can you SHOW them in your comics?

I like how simple the drawings are.  This helped me to get started with the story elements which is the most important part.  If the story is not rewarding to the reader, the art work gets lost.

Now that you've explored the idea, the story you want to tell, now, finally it's time to work on the expression, the art.

Here's a great demonstration on how to go from blank page to detailed superhero!

What You Need To Know If You Plan To Publish Your Comics

Next, here's five great tips from Chris Bodily on what you need to know if you really want to dig into creating comics.

He shares the reason why you need to understand your story as well as the "rules" for telling stories, when you need to follow the rules and when you are free to do your own thing.

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