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How I Draw Comics by Zombiesmile How I Draw Comics by Zombiesmile
[update 9/9/13] Due to constant theft, I've been forced to add watermarks.

Lately I have been getting a lot of questions about tips and tricks to comic making on Tumblr (main:, comic project:… and here as well, so I decided to answer some questions this way. :3

Since I didn't exactly explain toning, here's a useful insight into how other professionals do it:…
Here's a video tutorials for Manga Studio:…
I myself am currently mostly copy-pasting high resolution screentones. (no resizing!)

Drawing a 156 page manga usually takes me about 8-12 months. (covers and promo illustrations included)

Other general tips to get started:
•Have fun and draw what you enjoy, not what others might want to see! (pressure from others kills motivation)
•Start with small project and try finishing them!
•Don't worry about it not being perfect. It's inevitable that the first few pages will look dumb if you look back.
•You will get better the more you draw.

As always, please do not repost this on any website without my written consent (especially 9gag or Funnyjunk, etc).
Thanks to everyone who keeps an eye out for me and my work!♥ ^ 3^

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CrystalTheRenahog 9 hours ago  Student General Artist
Thank you for making this, this is very helpful. ^^ I can now work on my story. XD

Now for something funny. :dummy:

Short dude looking forward: Yes, yes very nice.
Short dude looking right: I love the story.
Tall dude left: I like the story and all but why is the chicken green?
bunbunzzz Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to make a comic for a school project, to tell a story about bullying in schools, and I have to use somewhat of a chibi style to make the characters more childish.
You helped me so much with this tutorial, I totally thought I was gonna fail that project ahh TTuTT
FancyPancakes Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! I'm about to start working on my first big comic but had some difficulty figuring out how to go on, and this showed me the exact steps that I need to take!
Thank you so much for taking the time!! It helped a ton :)
Zombiesmile Mar 11, 2014  Professional
glad I could be of help! ^u ^good luck!
I'm so saving this to my favorites! It'll be a big help when I start my comic!
Guemaht Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks this has been very helpful. Lately I have been psyching myself out when comes to making comics. Such as "No don't start until you have practiced every single thing that will show up in your comic, and it must be perfect or close enough!" Its nice to another persons perspective. I'll try to take what you consider to heart. Also your comics are very amusing, I really enjoy them.
asianfighter Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Absolutely great tutorial! It's always refreshing to see how other people approach projects differently. Thank you for sharing! 
VeraPeneda Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this!
I've been writting a story since 2006, and stopped a few times because when I read it I started rewritting it because I didn't like some stuff anymore... The raw idea is still there, but a lot more detail and specific descriptions were added. And I never shown my story to anyone because I'm affraid of bad reviews... The most I did was post here on dA the first two chapters, but eventually I deleted them... -_-'

Anyways! I think I'll try to continue my work, and try to find a few trustful people to read the story for me ^^
very usefull! and very nice!
MingMingcoco Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist long does it take to completely finish a story? from start to finish?
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