Making A Comic Strip that is original

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Making a comic strip with original panels isn't really difficult. You just need to use your creativity and follow some simple rules.

Like making sure that all panels are readable and that the story is easy to follow! In the following article, I will show you some very basic examples of original panels. 

You can use these templates and modify them as you wish or just create some new panels if you feel more creative!

No panels at all!

Making a comic strip with original panels

This particular example is pretty obvious. But not many comic strip artist are using it on a daily basis. This is a good choice if you want to give an impression of open space, of freedom!


Using different colors in the background

Making a comic strip with original panels

This more visual alternative is cool to depict the mood of your character. In this case, it would suggest that the character is getting angrier as the strip progresses!


Changing the lines opacity

Making a comic strip with original panels

What I like about this example is that your character, even if he's surrounded by lines, doesn't seem to be trapped! It's like a good compromise between no lines at all and lines that are dark and thick.


Removing on panel

Making a comic strip with original panels

You can use any combinations you like. Remove only one of the three panels, or even two at a time! This is a good method if you wish to put the emphasis on a particular event or line from your character.


Changing the shape of one panel

Making a comic strip with original panels
Making a comic strip with original panels

In these two examples, you can see that the panel in the middle doesn't have the same shape as the other two. This is ideal if you want a more dynamic comic strip. This is nice if you want to change the pace of your story too!


Using hand-drawn lines

Making a comic strip with original panels

You can also create a strip with a line that is hand-drawn, irregular or incomplete. This is a good technique if you want to give a more amateur look to your work.


Playing with bubbles

Making a comic strip with original panels
Making a comic strip with original panels
Making a comic strip with original panels

Your character's bubbles can also be used to create some unusual effects. Once again, don't hesitate to create new shapes and new combinations.

Just make sure that your readers won't be lost while looking at your strips. The order in which your bubbles are displayed must be clean and easy to understand for the reader.


Playing with the sizes and shapes of your strips

Making a comic strip with original panels
Making a comic strip with original panels

In order to create more original strips, you can always modify the shapes and sizes of your panels to fit your needs. Be creative! Your comic strip can only be more interesting! And don't be afraid to experiment! Making a comic strip with original panels ins't so difficult after all!


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