Learn The Art Of Drawing Comics

Read through our step-by-step drawing tutorials at your own pace, or watch our in-depth video demonstrations and learn through the eyes of professional comic book artists. 

 

"Learn How To Draw Your Characters In Proportion"

 

The "Figure Drawing Foundations: Proportions" eBook is a must have 34 Page guide for every aspiring comic book artist who wants to learn how to draw their characters with accurate proportions. 

Here's what you'll learn inside the book.

  • How to Spot and Fix the Proportional Errors Within Your Characters

  • How to Draw Characters in Proportion at Different Ages

  • How to Draw the Common, Comic Book Character Types in Proportion

  • How to Apply Proportions in Perspective

The best part is you don’t have to wait for this book to come in the mail, or drive to a store to get it. You can download it right now for only $10.

Step By Step Tutorials

 

The Tutorial Library is an ever growing learning resource for aspiring artists who want to learn how to draw their own comic books. Our selection of step by step lessons cover many the fundamental drawing principles you must know when it comes to comic book illustration, and are written in a way that's easy to follow along with so that you can put everything you learn straight into action. 

How to Draw Facial Expressions
The emotional spectrum is vast and memorable. So as storytellers, how do we tap into this power of connection with the audience? You guessed it: facial expressions.
How to Draw a Mouth
A major part of drawing a face is accurately rendering the mouth.
For this tutorial we will be focusing on only drawing a neutral mouth with a still expression.
How to Draw Noses
Today, we will learn about how to draw a nose and understand how to effectively render them for comics. First off, this tutorial will break down the structure of our nose anatomy.
How to Draw Eyes
Eyes are actually very simple to draw and they follow the same rules as all the rest of anatomy and with some practice they'll become a huge asset in your artistic fundamentals.
Making Comics
This detailed guide will streamline the process for making a comic book and serve as your go to reference for not only drawing comics but writing, publishing and promoting them.
Placing Figures In Perspective
It is not enough to be able to draw well-drafted figures and environments. You must be able to place these figures in the environments at the right perspective.
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Learn At Home With Our Courses

 

If you're ready to delve deeper into the art of comic book illustration, below you'll find a collection of premium courses that drill down into the core topics of drawing, inking and coloring comics. You'll learn the workflows and techniques used by experienced artists, as they break down their process and demonstrate every aspect so that you can create your own jaw-dropping comic art. 

How to Draw Anatomy
By Ed Foychuk
Figure Drawing: Proportions
By Clayton Barton
Digital Inking Kit Bundle
By Jimmy Reyes
How To Draw a SciFi Girl
By Sykosan
Learn to Draw Faces
By Trent Kaniuga
Character Creator: Superheroines
By Clayton Barton
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Video Demonstrations

 

One of the best ways to learn comic book illustration is by watching over the shoulder of another artist. Our video demonstrations give you that opportunity! You'll see how the fundamental principles of form, composition, perspective, proportions and anatomy are used to create entire illustrations from start to finish - with accompanying dialogue that explains how it's all done. The coolest part is that you actually get to see how what's being taught is put into action!

Boarork The Brute: Pencils 4
In the final chapter of Boarork’s four part, comic book demonstration series we tackle the background. Backgrounds often compliment the characters compositionally.
Figure Drawing & Gesture
Throughout this class Robert Marzullo will focus on the topics of figure drawing, gesture and as a bonus he’ll also walk us through the process of drawing an eye.
Boarork The Brute: Pencils 3
In this drawing demonstration we’ll continue working on ‘Boarork the Brute’. Since we’re dealing with multiple characters, I manage the process by first defining the major contours that’ll outline the orcs.
References for Figure Drawing
In today's video we're trying out something new and daring! The idea is bring together an instructor and student for a live workshop session.
Swift Shock Colors
In this tutorial we’ll be coloring Swift Shock from Rob Arnold’s Replicator comic book series. I’ll teach you how to pick and choose the colors that’ll best suit your character.
Boarork The Brute: Pencils 2
In this tutorial we’ll continue from where we left off with Boarork the Brute, going over the rough draft we previously sketched up to polish up the pencils.
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Podcast

 

Learn the art of drawing comics on the go with the HTDC Podcast. You'll gain insight into topics surrounding the mindset and motivation needed to succeed as a comic book illustrator, as well as valuable insights passed down from the experienced guest artists who regularly appear on the show. 

HTDC Podcast: Episode 30
Working In a Team (Feat. Comfort Love & Adam Withers)
HTDC Podcast: Episode 26
Where To Begin (With Clayton Barton & Ed Foychuk)
HTDC Podcast: Episode 25
Working With Clients (Feat. Vince Rodriguez)
HTDC Podcast: Episode 21
Impact Theory (Feat. Tom Bilyeu)
HTDC Podcast: Episode 19
Let's Get Down To Business (Feat. Deth Phimmasone & Ed Foychuk)
HTDC Podcast: Episode 14
Be Your Own Cheerleader (Feat. Robert Marzullo)
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Latest Articles From The Blog

 

New articles are added to our blog on a weekly basis. They cover a range of useful topics for comic artists that aim to expand your understanding and knowledge of the medium. The practical advice shared in these articles provides the inner game guide for aspiring comic artists. 

Meet The HTDC Team

 

How To Draw Comics. Net wouldn't be possible without the passionate team of collaborators behind it. HTDC comprises of art instructors who aren't just incredibly talented, but also know how to teach what they do in a comprehensive way that helps you level up your comic art skill-set.

Clayton Barton
Ed Foychuk
Ric Bulow
Joe Catapano
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Realising the rewarding feeling of giving back, I’ve devoted several years of my life to developing training resources that teach aspiring artists all my best comic drawing strategies and techniques.

 

On a daily basis I am able to share my methods and philosophies with other aspiring artists, so that they too might develop their own artistic flair and begin building a legacy that they’re truly passionate about. 

A professional illustrator based mostly in Asia, Ed Foychuk has been published both professionally, and as an Indie creator, in comics. He is best known for his work in creating Captain Corea.

Ed also studied Anatomy and Strength Training in University and is well versed in exercise physiology and muscular anatomy. Perfect for helping you with understanding how to combine art and muscles! Ed has experience teaching in Academic and Professional settings.

Working most of his life within the traditional ways of portraits and realism art, mostly with oils, Ric Bülow have only recently moved his attention towards the digital world and the comicbook styled arts.

 

With art experience stemming 25 years back, Ric Bülow is a well-rounded artist, experienced in both advanced anatomy and caricature. He has had experience as a tutor, working for free with children coming from tough environments and teaching 1 on 1 online.

Joe Catapano is a story artist currently living in Orlando, FL. He’s worked as a professional for six years on projects like indie comics, animation storyboards, and concept art for video games. 

 

He is currently working on storyboarding and his first creator-owned comic, Star Circuit.

Have You Ever Wanted To

Learn How To Draw Comics? 

I’m talking about drawing your own legendary superheroes, sexy heroins, vicious villains and the fantastic worlds their stories take place? 

 

If you have, this is the site for you! 

 

Here on How to Draw Comics. Net you’re going to discover the same techniques taught year in and year out to my students who’ve used what they've learned to visually tell their stories in the most compelling, dynamic and immersive ways possible. At How to Draw Comics. Net you'll discover an extensive library of comic art tutorials that'll teach you...

  • How to draw your own comic book characters using the must know fundamentals of figure drawing, proportions and anatomy.

  • How to give them powerful poses that leave an impact, purely from your imagination.

  • How to create stunning comic book sequences and compelling panel layouts that get readers hooked on your stories.

  • Advanced perspective and foreshortening techniques that make your comic book characters pop off of the page with depth and dimension.

All of which have been designed to give you the freedom to create your comic book illustrations and sequential art work without being confined to observation or reference material. 

Testimonials

 

How To Draw Comics has a single mission - To give aspiring artists an extensive library of learning content to help them improve their penciling, inking and coloring abilities, so that they can create comics they can be proud of. 

Nothing is more rewarding than to see the impact How To Draw Comics. Net has had on the comic artist community. The resources it provides has given so many of our fellow creators a jump start in developing their skill sets, and to know that the time put into running this site and producing new tutorials, videos, and courses makes it all worth while. 

Here's what others have to say about their experience on How To Draw Comics. Net:

"Dusting myself off & starting to draw again after a decade or more of being stagnant in this department. I stumbled across your site & I love it. I hope more is on the way because so far it's incredibly helpful."
- Christopher Johan Vandertol

"Hi there Clayton, just found your website and I have to say, it's exactly what I was looking for... The way you explain basics and techniques is clear and simple. Keep up the good work! I really hope to see more as the time goes by. This one goes to my favorites bar."

- Ruslan Hasanov

"Your website is awesome if i had discovered this years ago I believe my drawing technique would in fact be more advanced. I currently take culinary arts but as long as i can remember I always wanted to draw comic books but i struggled with putting my imagination on paper. Call me old school but I'm still drawing in a sketch book."

Jerrick Hoskie

"Hey Clayton! I happened to find this page randomly and sometimes I am so glad that my curiosity leads my clicks! I really appreciate your tutorials and I will start using them to set good foundations for my own style - because no matter how good I brag I am, I still need to work on many things. I hope you will keep updating your page, the way you explain is easy to follow and to the point but always very analytical as well. The fact that you were not shy to show us how "bad" you were when you started actually gives me hope, because it reminds me of myself. With practice, hard work and your tutorials I am sure I can achieve my artistic goals. I thank you in advance because even skimming through this page motivated me so much and this is really important for me. Have a great day and keep up the good work! Lots of (graphite) love."
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Christina

"Clayton, such a great site! I was happy to find one with a lot of detail on how to draw comics. Thanks for the awesome tutorials. I've been looking for something like them to inspire me to draw again. I sketched when I was younger and thought I was good at it till I took classes. I discovered it wasn't my thing, after taking Emerging Media (it was a challenging major, I dropped out and took creative writing instead) and I haven't drawn since then. I lost the motivation to continue but now I wish to be a comic artist and writer. Maybe at least to be better at drawing people. I'm more focused on comic writing. Do you have any suggestions for good writing sites or tutorials? I've searched everywhere but I haven't found a decent one yet."
- Yvonne Clarke

"Clayton, I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have found your site. Even though I just found it, reading your story was very moving. It really resonates with me especially the self-validation. I've always wanted to be a comic book artist/animator, but was always discouraged by my art teachers and soon I just gave up. Without art I felt empty. Like Vonny, I became a writer, but more and more my stories seemed to cry out to be graphic novels. So, I recently picked up my pencils and brushes and started back on the self taught route, but now there's so much info out there and it's hard to pull it all together in a useful cohesive unit. Could you give any recommendations on what books a beginner comic book artist simply must read? Thanks again for providing this opportunity." 

- Margie Hall

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