Tutorial: Comic Book Style Graphic Design

Tutorial: Comic Book Style Graphic Design

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We have often been asked the process by which we create our illustrated flyers and posters. I will try to give you a clear tutorial on how our Ohio graphic designers create our illustrations and turn them into flyers or posters. Our end product will be this flyer which was created for our recent Go Media Inc. art show:

Before I go into an insane amount of details I want to give you a quick snap-shot of the process:

  1. Draw with Pencil on Paper.
  2. Ink your penciled artwork.
  3. Scan your artwork at 300 dpi.
  4. Create a second copy of the artwork at 150 dpi.
  5. Create a color layer just under the artwork (set your artwork layer to multiply)
  6. Color your artwork.
  7. Delete the artwork layer, and return the color layer to 300dpi
  8. Open the original 300dpi artwork and paste it above the color layer.
  9. Flatten the image and save it.
  10. Import the image into your design software
  11. Add text and graphics
  12. Export the final design.

Step 1. Draw with Pencil on Paper. The very first step is the pencil drawing. I could write a novel about how to draw, but this tutorial will focus on the process of the steps it takes to go from pencil drawing to the finished, designed, commercial piece of artwork.

Tools you’ll need:

Paper: I use a plate finish Bristol. This type of paper is heavy enough