Saturday, February 5, 2011

Writers Write, Artists Draw

Do you want to make comics? Do you want to draw comics? I come across a lot of would-be creators in my work both at Comics Experience and at IDW Publishing as their senior editor. And you would be amazed at how many writers I meet who don't write. And how many artists I meet who don't draw.

So this here Blarg is going to be short and sweet. If you want to be a comic writer, step 1 is START WRITING. Sounds stupid, and I've said it before, but you need to be writing every day. Even if you can only force in five minutes, write for five minutes. If this is what you want to do, it's got to be important enough for you to make time to do it.

If you want to draw comics, step 1 is START DRAWING. Doesn't matter if you're always drawing comics pages, or pin-ups, or character designs, or still life, or whatever, but find time to draw EVERY DAY. Keep an art journal. If this is what you want to do, it's got to be important enough for you to make time to do it.

It doesn't seem to matter how many times I say this, it's worth repeating again and again. DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO--know what I mean?

If you need encouragement or a kick in the pants, then sign up for our Workshop of for one of our courses. We're a motivating and encouraging bunch and we'd love to help get you there! Learn to make comics here!



  1. Absolutely true, for everything you ever want to do in your life.

  2. Another important thing to realize is that its okay to suck at first. You can write a hundred bad scripts and stories that nobody ever has to see; at the very least, nobody beyond your workshop group or a select few people who will give you constructive criticism. You just need to keep plugging away and the good stuff will come.

    It was a huge roadblock for me in the past; I didn't want to commit anything to paper unless it was perfect in my mind... but then I realized that was just an excuse I was using, so I wouldn't have to admit that my writing skills needed work. Nothings ever perfect, much less on the first draft.