Your guide to become a Comic Book Artist in Malaysia

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Who is a Comic Book Artist?

A Comic Book Artist narrates their own story with visuals such as drawing comics, graphic novels, manga and anime.

Behind Batman, Wolverine, Iron Man, and all the famous comic book characters is a great Comic Book Artist. Becoming a Comic Book Artist is one of the oldest and most popular childhood dreams. A Comic Book Artist illustrates graphic novels by drawing characters and scenes. Some comic books may recreate vintage styled graphic novels while others are responsible for creating new characters. Do you love to draw? Do you like telling stories through visuals? Most importantly, have you alwa...

Behind Batman, Wolverine, Iron Man, and all the famous comic book characters is a great Comic Book Artist. Becoming a Comic Book Artist is one of the oldest and most popular childhood dreams. A Comic Book Artist illustrates graphic novels by drawing characters and scenes. Some comic books may recreate vintage styled graphic novels while others are responsible for creating new characters. Do you love to draw? Do you like telling stories through visuals? Most importantly, have you always been drowning in the sea of comic books since you were little? If so, you may just be the next great Comic Book Artist! The traditional media print may be decreasing in popularity with the rise of digital media, nonetheless, there is still a battalion of graphic novel fans all over the world, especially when they are remade into movies like Marvel. With a good storyline, the opportunities are countless, turning your comics into a movie, series and more. It is a time-consuming career, but the returns are often lucrative.

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The pros and cons of being a Comic Book Artist:

Pros

Be able to do what you love to do, which is drawing

Get paid for your imagination and hobby

Opportunities to travel and attend comic book conferences around the world

Cons

Long working hours and life full of deadlines

Job market is very competitive as most editors are more likely to hire an experienced and true professional rather than a young hot shot

What are all the responsibilities of a Comic Book Artist ?

Draw scenes according to the specifications of the writer

Make changes to the scenes if the writer objects to it

Leave room for dialogue and text

Use criticism to improve your work

Understand the current trends

Draw in a way that people are able to understand the flow of the comic and what is happening

What skills do you need to become a Comic Book Artist?

Being able to draw correctly and in a visually interesting manner

As a Comic Book Artist, your drawing skills are crucial to make your readers understand what you are trying to convey. Besides that, you will need to have an attractive drawing style so that it makes the readers crave for it, wanting to know what’s more and what’s next. Even if it is not beautifully drawn complex art, simple but interesting drawing style will garner just as much attention if it is relatable and fun to read.

Being able to imagine and plan out scenes in your mind

Before you turn your stories into physical or digital drawings, you have to visualise it and determine its flow. Thorough plans before execution helps to make your stories flow smoothly and makes it more understandable to the readers.

Being able to use graphic software

Even if you’re one to draw the comics physically with a pencil and paper, you should know how to operate graphic softwares. Whether it is being published into physical graphic novel copies or online, you will need the help of graphic softwares. It is always better to have the skills yourself rather than asking for help!

What field(s) of study should you choose to become a Comic Book Artist?

What are the requirements to be a Comic Book Artist?

Like many entertainment jobs, you don’t need any formal education to be a Comic Book Artist. However, if you have a relevant degree such as Graphic Design, it will be able to help you and make it easier for you to break into the industry.

What are the working hours of a Comic Book Artist?

There are no set working hours for a Comic Book Artist but you will still need to meet deadlines.

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