Quick Comic Practice Studies

This week I ‘ve been very busy with the end of term so here are the final panel art practice sketches I made in the summer. I had been doing really quick 10 minute sketches from TV to speed up my ability to draw comic panels. For this last section of the exercise, rather than sketching from a video, I tried to draw 3 sketches of real comic panels by artists I enjoy as quickly as possible without them becoming unrecognisable.

I began with Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto. I studied two original panels by Kishimoto and then tried to draw and tone them really quickly.

The first one was a picture of Naruto’s sensei Kakashi in a classic ninja pose. This one took about 10 minutes in total…

The second was also from Naruto and has Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura sitting together. This one had a lot more detail in it and took me 15 minutes. I blew my time limit on the background details…

The final study I did was from a comic series called DMZ written by Brian Wood with artwork by Riccardo Burchielli (and sometimes Wood himself). The panel is of the moment a nuclear device is triggered in New York during a fictional future war in the US. It’s an amazing panel. My study took about 15 minutes. Here’s what it looked like…

So, that’s the end of my quick practice studies

(NB: All three panels here were drawn and inked by me, but they are not my own original work – they are studies of the comic art of Kishimoto and Burchielli.)

Sketch and Ink Challenge – Day 2

So here’s an attempt at inking my Naruto fan-art from yesterday…

First I inked it all using just some pure black pens.  I varied the width of the line manually (my brush pen has run off and joined the circus I think because I can’t find it anywhere!  I must remember to get  a new one.)

This is how that turned out…


I worked quite hard on making each line good.  This is something I’ve never done before.  Although I clearly have a long way to go I think it’s already making a difference.

Then I wanted to give the picture more shading.  However, when I looked in my pencil case I had very little to work with – one manga grey ink pen which I’m not great at using in the first place.  Anyway, I decided to make three levels of shadow – one with the grey pen covered thinly, one with the grey pen made much darker and one with a hatching affect with my thin black ink pen.



So here’s the final picture:


When I first started shadgin with the grey ink pen I shaded in lines – you can see it in Sasuke’s back.  I don’t like the way this looks, but I couldn’t go over it without losing my shadows.  If you look at the same shade just below Naruto’s collar you can se that in using more random small strokes I managed to get rid of the ‘horrible line effect’.  I’ll need to remember that for next time.  Never mind – it’s a good place to start.


(All credit to the marvellous Masashi Kishimoto – creator of the Nauruto manga series!)