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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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Lord-Jack Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow thank you! This is really helpful.
I´ve been making doodles and mini sketches for quite a while now and have a dozen ideas for Little stories or Situation Comics like you have here. Not Long ago I´ve bought a book by Margaux Motin and thought of maybe trying to do something like this too.

Never knew how to start or get on with that, but your advices here helped a lot so now at least I have an idea how to get started with my chaos of ideas.
Herowebcomics Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
There are alot of steps with how you make comics!
This was vary helpful!
Navijunior Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Thank you!
kotarawr299 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! Thank you :D 
PhantomLeather Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Woo! Learning stuffs!
found you via this, Yay Pintrist*
mcnia Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such a perfect guide. *.*I really want to start a webcomic but I didn't even have the first clue
KoutaSano Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  New member
I'm glad there are people out there helping others with their dreams. I hope you do well and good luck! Also I really enjoy your comics and tutorials!
alphusprime Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow thanks I really needed this. I'm actually planning a manga project right now and these guides are really helping me. But I'm not into it in full scale(yet) cause I'm still in high school and I'll be taking a huge test this year that'll decide my future (please wish and pray the best for me T^T) and got a lot of homeworks and assignments. But still I'll use this as reference in the future. THANKIES :D
NicknameUnknown Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student General Artist
I believe its much harder with mouse how i draw....Hope i get tablet. xP
TaintingGoodSouls Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
it's easier just to read comics
DeadHedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Dankeee :) Ich will auch gerade anfangen in der Vorlesungsfreien zeit mein comic zu zeichnen wusste aber nie so richtig wie man da am besten vorgeht :3
Simokaos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Thanks for sharing :thumbsup:
I0K0 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a lot, this gave me a lot of motivation to actually start something :-D
Kohana12 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
Omg Thank you a billion times over! ^.^Hug 
Daughter-of-Kabegami Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so useful! *saves onto computer*
Skyrider-1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:)  Very useful information.  Not so much that we get lost, but enough that we could figure it out and do ourselves.  Nice. ;)
dragonmaiden50 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep that's about how I do it. The only difference is I also Ink old school style with pens and then I use contrast and the magic wand in photoshop to get rid of any pencil lines I couldn't erase. Also for dialouge and getting a professional look I use manga studio. 

I also made my own font for dialouge. My professor showed us this website I absolutely love it because it makes my work feel much more personal. 

NightWalker-MC Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014   Digital Artist
thank you for your tips *u* ~ <3
GraphicGinger Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the help :3
MelReinH Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Writing ideas and drawing em out is hard. This really helped. Thanks!
snowfang123 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student Artist
i need to start useing photo shop ;3; i used it before in journalism but i need it on here god dang it! XD
BlueLakeKylie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always wanted to draw (professional-looking) comics so this is very helpful :3
mhinos1992 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will be very helpful, thank you very much :)
NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
remeroni Featured By Owner Edited Dec 6, 2014
i need an wacom intuo's i wish i had one Waaaah! :( (Sad) but cool tutorial :D (Big Grin)  and i thoght that artist use computer since im a tablet artist i really wish i had one
Dark-Soulest Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What are water marks??
Chelia24 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Usually, a watermark is something that signifies that that piece of art belongs to that artist.  Usually they put their name or alias in clear/transparent letters on top of each picture.
Dark-Soulest Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ooooohhhhhh, that explains so much. THANK YOUZ ^-^
WilMarrow Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I learned something/s from this :o I won't tell you what it was.....but I did.

Thank you!
HeheGuy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I good at drawing (Well, thats what i think) 

How do you "camera" it so it looks like you done it from online?

If You Know what i mean
KiaScribbles Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
But when you upload to DA does the comic immediately come small or does it have to be small to zoom in? 
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional
you have to resize it before uploading.
KiaScribbles Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Like, make it small?
bonezilla Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
thank you. this helps a lot, and its ok to not be good at it all. it gives us hope.
ScarletteRoseDEzZean Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful ! :D Thanks for sharing your experience and it'll hep me much in my future~y story ^^ :D 
MoonBeam18 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what program do u use?
Do-lce Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
it says in the deviantation. read the text.
archXart Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
it does it does!!! I'm not a comic artist, but I have a cartoony style and I love taking a peek inside other artist's minds! 
Witequeen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
very useful! OMG i really needed this France (Crying) [V3] 
15cocopuffs Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
very usefull, thanks n___n
Saido-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, I always wanted to know how to start drawing a comic but I never knew how to do it. This is very helpful, and I want to follow your example. Thank you so much for sharing this!
SuperSonicBros2012 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
does wacom intuos 5 work with HP windows 8
KALBE810 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you! 
Lightning-Cutter Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This will help me a lot! Thanks :D
fanaticshadowstar Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you helpd alot :D (Big Grin) La la la la Meow :3 
Layneon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow I was just starting to look for advice on how to make a comic and I found it here thankyou !!
Kakashilover98 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing this! 

Lately I've had trouble making comics, and because of this tutorial I finally figured out why! Thank you so much for this!! :D

This is going to my favorites!
gorroazul Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, thanks for sharing this!!
ryan1147 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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