The Art of Comics by A Sketch Artist
The lore of superheroes is widely acknowledged in comics. With hundreds of superheroes with varying degrees of superpowers emanating from places like Krypton and Atlantis to Gotham, the allurement is indispensable. Therefore, millions of fans have adored their favorite hero in the form of comic books for decades. Recently these supernatural beings have transformed onto the big screens capturing the imaginations of many like never before. How does a sketch artist who creates these comic book stars visualize and form their characters? I was fortunate to view an exhibit of one of the prominent comic book artist Frank Quitely recently. Well, that is the pen name derived from "quite frankly" by Vincent Deighan. He is known for his works on the New X-Men, All-Star Superman, and Batman and Robin. Here are the excerpts of the art of comics as seen through the eyes of a sketch artist.
Frank Quitely forms the images of the story in his head. When he gets the script of a certain comic book story, his initial ideas are formed while reading the script. At this point, Quitely makes preliminary sketches along the sides of the script itself. Subsequently, the scene develops on the pages of the script. As the dialogue unravels, the characters start forming right next to them. Blending over the words that they utter within the speech bubbles in the finished product. So the foundations are laid from the initial perusal of the feature.
Realism of Comics
Actions of the characters are illustrated to match the physiology of human movement. Quitely pays immaculate attention to how the human body moves under certain conditions. For example, when a person encounters a punch and staggers backward the movement of the arms and feet follow a natural progression. Quitely depicts these movements in his sketches. As the comic panels come to life, through colors and words, these subtle but essential realistic attributes convey a convincing narrative. Moreover, emotions are also portrayed, with expert penciling skills of facial traits. This emphasis on realism elucidates the personalities of the characters.
To coalesce the message of each comic book panel, Quitely draws the peripheral activity accordingly. For instance, bystanders witnessing the superhero in a heated battle against the villains, are rendered as normal people. That is, people leading regular lives; you can follow their activity in the background out of focus of the main characters. For example, A child going to school accompanied by his parent is now a spectator in awe of the melee. These secondary storylines add to the palpability of the fantasy depicted within the pages of the comic book.The art of comics through the eyes of Frank Quitely embodies the fascination associated with superheroes. A fantastical universe sketched with charm, mystery, and sentiment that will live on with wonder.