Are you a creative person like me? Personally, I have many creative outlets. I love writing, but I also love drawing or any of the similar activities. Painting is a nice twist on capturing the visual, allowing you to have great control over the textures and the colors that you use to convey your message. I also love making music, and I would have to say that my daily professional work as an engineer is in many ways an art form.
Recently I’ve had some thoughts about writing a comic strip. The great thing about this is that it combines quite a few different forms of art. First, of course, there is the drawing. Comics are mostly visual, so you’ll have to be able to depict a scene that is engaging enough to keep your audience interested.
That said, there is more to a comic than pictures. You have to have a grander vision, or in other words a story. The tricky part is that you have to convey that story in short snapshots, and you have to do so effectively. I think actually if you view it this way it will give you a leg up in your comic writing as opposed to simply starting out drawing with an end game in mind.
When it comes to writing you’ll also have to be creative and on top of your game, consistent with your vision for the story. You only get a sentence or two per frame so you’ll have to make them count when it comes to comics. You’ll need to be witty, potentially funny, but most certainly you’ll have to be to the point. Say your comic has 5 frames for example. You’re going to have to tell a full story in those full frames, with 1-2 sentences per frame. Granted, you can pull an awful lot of weight with the illustrations that accompany the words, but still you have to stay focused. Which leads me to my next thought…
What if you had to tell a story with only five sentences? Could you do it? Of course you could. But instead of wondering if you can do it, why not take the opportunity to actually do it?
I’ll go first.
Tim was hungry. He needed to find a store that sold food. He was near a convenience store. He knew their food was not great, but he also knew that they did have food. He bought a croissant, and as he ate it he became fully satiated.
All right, that story was terrible. But I gave it a shot. The more you write, the more you can write. It’s a muscle that needs exercise just like any other. It’s no different than the muscles you’ll need to write comics. Your first one probably won’t be that great. However, if you make the effort to write five, you’ll probably come up with one that’s not so bad. Write 50 and you’ll certainly come up with something worth while. This is the life of the artist, and hopefully it sounds appealing to you because if it doesn’t you’re probably in the wrong place.