Learn how to draw comic book characters—villains and superheroes alike—in these simple drawing tutorials from Ben Bishop.
- Every great story starts with characters. And of course, comic books are no different. There's a reason why heroes like Batman or Spiderman or villains like the Joker and Darth Vader are so iconic and everlasting. And it's because from their very beginnings, they were designed with their personalities and motivations in mind. My name is Ben Bishop, and I've been drawing since I was 4 years old, and making comics since I was 11, and working professionally in the industry since I self-published my first book in 2008. In this course, I'm going to show you how I turn a simple list of character notes and story ideas into two very different characters with very different personalities.
We'll be building two very unique characters, a hero and a villain, starting with the most basic comic stereotypes and moving all the way through to something completely original and exciting. Along the way, you'll see the importance of thinking out loud, making mistakes, and trying new things, again, and again, and again. You'll see, in real time, how paying close attention to all the little details and unifying design elements throughout every step of the process, can really make your characters come to life and stand out on the comic shop shelf.
So we have some great work ahead of us and a lot of it, so let's get going.
- Drawing gesturally
- Choosing your final lines
- Building a character profile
- Creating the face
- Fine-tuning character details
- Developing proper body proportions
- Exaggerating details to communicate personality
- Dressing the character
- Referring back to your character profile