Tony Zhou's Every Frame a Painting, but for comics?
May 22, 2016 10:26 AM   Subscribe

I've recently been getting into Tony Zhou's Every Frame a Painting series of youtube videos that really dig into the details of how cinematographers compose their shots and why they make the choices they do. I was wondering if there was anyone out there doing something similar for comic book art or the like? I like to draw and can see myself making a comic for fun much more easily than making a film. Having something to watch that is similarly engaging, but that I could actually apply would be really neat.
posted by Zalzidrax to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud.

McCloud has several other books following up this one.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:34 AM on May 22, 2016 [6 favorites]

Comics and Sequential Art, Will Eisner
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:35 AM on May 22, 2016

Scott McCloud also wrote Making Comics, if you want more of a how-to.
posted by O9scar at 11:26 AM on May 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

You were asking for youtubes, I guess. I don't think you'll find anything like that. Zhou is a filmmaker, so he tells his story in film because that's what he knows.

Comic artists are going to tell their story in comic form, because that is what they know.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:46 PM on May 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

Frank Santoro wrote a series of articles on layout for the Comics Journal a few years ago that are both practical and explanatory. I don't know enough about composition to judge if what he says adds up, but I liked the diagrams! He also runs a correspondence course based on the same principles -- you can piece together more from its blog.
posted by rollick at 3:20 AM on May 23, 2016

Neil Cohn's Visual Language Lab.
posted by Eikonaut at 10:50 PM on May 24, 2016

Here's a good nuts-and-bolts article; Alex Toth critiques artwork by Steve Rude, including Rude's rebuttal. Toth was a catital-C curmudgeon and never believed in softening the blow but, man, he knew how comics worked.
posted by Eikonaut at 11:10 PM on May 24, 2016

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