* Random Image

* Search

* Recent Topics

Library Books That You All Read by BettyReggie
[Today at 03:06:01 PM]

What have you done today? by Archiecomicxfan215
[Today at 10:26:06 AM]

What is to become of me and my collection? by JanaRonnie
[Today at 05:16:32 AM]

Archie and Jughead in Winter Christmas Double Date by JanaRonnie
[Today at 05:16:24 AM]

Archie & Me: Prank Attack by PTF
[June 17, 2018, 01:42:19 PM]

Super Suckers: That Lady is a Real Witch by PTF
[June 17, 2018, 12:52:44 PM]

Betty and Veronica Vixens coming to an end with issue 10 by DeCarlo Rules
[June 16, 2018, 02:26:26 PM]

[June 16, 2018, 10:11:52 AM]

What comics have you been reading? by BettyReggie
[June 15, 2018, 08:49:58 AM]

Riverdale Reviewed by Tuxedo Mark
[June 14, 2018, 08:12:06 PM]

* Shoutbox

Refresh History
  • Tuxedo Mark: And another one: [link]
    June 14, 2018, 08:42:07 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: Riverdale spoof: [link]
    June 14, 2018, 08:35:22 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: My review of "Roughing It!" from B&V Friends #262: [link]
    June 14, 2018, 08:12:53 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: @irishmoxie -- It's definitely complete. All six of the 1958-59 Sy Reit/Bob White original issues, plus the feature-length "Good Guys of the Galaxy" by Tom DeFalco & Fernando Ruiz from ARCHIE #655, and three 5-page digest shorts that guest-starred Cosmo -- and the complete first issue of the Ian Flynn/Tracy Yarley COSMO (2017) thrown in for good measure. It follows the same layout/format as the previous JUGHEAD'S TIME POLICE, even though that didn't carry the "Archie Comics Presents..." trade dress. Not a bad buy for $11.
    June 14, 2018, 01:08:59 AM
  • irishmoxie: Anyone get the Cosmo book that came out today? Any good?
    June 13, 2018, 08:04:49 PM
  • Cosmo: Ah man....and I was worried I was the last enthusiast for ERB's stuff. I'm currently rereading my Dell Tarzan books. Really good fun! It took a while to complete that run.
    June 12, 2018, 06:51:53 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: ...Marvel's earlier JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS in there, so the DE Tarzan comics need to go in a different box, and SHEENA (also a recent DE title) and DC's RIMA THE JUNGLE GIRL will help fill up that box.
    June 11, 2018, 07:40:48 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Recently. DE's unauthorized LORD OF THE JUNGLE Tarzan adaptations (and its authorized THE GREATEST ADVENTURE) won't fit into my existing box of previous Tarzan comics from Gold Key, DC, and Dark Horse, so I have to start a new box. Logically these get filed with DE's unauthorized WARLORD OF MARS comics (including DEJAH THORIS) and their authorized JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS. But I also want to squeeze Marve;
    June 11, 2018, 07:38:48 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Interesting. I tend not to group titles by publisher at all, if the characters were not created as work-for-hire (meaning the publisher is legally considered the 'author' of the character). Do they belong to that publisher's "universe" (assuming it has one)? There are some publishers like Dynamite Entertainment where the vast majority of the titles they publish are licensed, and thus were "inherited" from other publishers. Therefore it makes more sense to me to group them together in boxes with similar characters. Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake comics (regardless of who the actual publisher was) go together in the same box because they're all classic adventure heroes licensed from Hearst Entertainment (formerly King Features Syndicate). Pulp fiction heroes like The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Spider (regardless of the fact that the latter did not originate with the same publisher as the first two) also get grouped together. Space considerations allowing, Tarzan (and other Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations) might share the same box with Sheena and Rima, but NOT with Ka-Zar, because he's a Marvel Universe character.
    June 11, 2018, 07:16:22 PM
  • rusty: I do keep all Star Trek series together in their own section and all Star Wars books together.  I also keep all 2000AD titles together and manga books get their own section.  For titles that have switched publishers, I usually keep them all with the publisher that I identify them with the most.  Tarzan has been published by a variety of publishers, but I keep them with Dell/Gold Key.  Conan is starting to get a bit close with all the success Dark Horse has had, but I still identify Conan more with Marvel.
    June 11, 2018, 06:27:26 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Believe it or not, I even have a box labeled "Pseudo-manga" that contains comics published by American companies and created by American creators like Astro Boy & Racer X (Now Comics), Battle of the Planets (Gold Key & Top Cow/Image), Captain Harlock (Malibu), Godzilla (Dark Horse) and Ultraman. I just want to keep those separate from the boxes of real translated manga in floppy comic format.
    June 11, 2018, 03:34:17 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Well. the problem is when you get titles with licensed characters that aren't owned by the publisher. So if you collect Star Trek comics, you'd have different series published by Gold Key, Marvel, DC, and IDW (and I probably missed one in there). It doesn't make sense to me to put them in different boxes by publisher, but to each his own. Disney comics would be another example. There are even some instances where if I like a certain artist enough, I will put all his work regardless of publisher or characters into one box, like Paul Gulacy, Steve Rude, or Mike Allred (and file them chronologically from older to newer, rather than alphabetically). Those are examples where my interest in the creator far exceeds my relative interest in whatever characters are involved.
    June 11, 2018, 03:14:29 PM
  • rusty: That makes sense.  There are many ways that people can file books.  What I do is file by company or category and then alphabetically within each section.  My first category is Richie Rich then Archie, then other Harvey titles, then Disney, then other humor/kids books, then by company (unless it is a company where I don't have very many books from them.  Star Trek and Star Wars each get their own section as well.  I will probably revamp a bit when I do my next major sort/merge.  The biggest section by far for me is DC.
    June 11, 2018, 09:28:59 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: I don't even file my comics alphabetically. I file them according to how closely they're related to other titles, but it's all dependent on the number of issues I have of any given title, and what will fit into a single box. Fpr ACP comics I just put all the short-run series (whether an actual miniseries or just a not particularly successful title) into one box. Even though some of those short run series star Jughead, and I could as easily file those together with the main JUGHEAD title in another box. For longer running ACP titles, "girl" titles are sorted into different boxes than "boy" titles. Eventually when I have enough issues of BETTY (and BETTY AND ME and BETTY'S DIARY) they'll get their own box, and VERONICA will get her own box.
    June 10, 2018, 09:49:06 AM
  • rusty: I file Jughead under J and Reggie under R in all of their incarnations, though I do file the original Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen books under S since that keeps them with the Superman books and also because they kept that title throughout their entire run.  If anyone wants to look up Jughead or Reggie in Overstreet, though, they will have to look under A for the early issues.
    June 10, 2018, 07:56:27 AM
  • BettyReggie: I can't wait to get that Reggie book. It's coming out the day after my 39th Birthday.
    June 10, 2018, 06:42:06 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Yeah, I never understood why publishers felt the need to point that out on the covers of a comic book, like maybe someone didn't really know who REGGIE was, and might buy it just because they noticed the words "Archie's Rival" above the big letters that spelled REGGIE? Same with "Archie's Pal" or "Superman's Pal" or "Superman's Girl Friend" -- like some potential buyer wouldn't know who Jughead, Jimmy Olsen, or Lois Lane was, but would know who Archie or Superman was? Just assume you're selling the product to idiots, I guess. Is anyone really filing REGGIE under "A" for Archie's Pal in their collections??
    June 10, 2018, 05:42:02 AM
  • rusty: In it's first incarnation, Reggie was titled ARCHIE'S RIVAL, REGGIE.  It wasn't until after the title was resurrected nearly a decade later that it became REGGIE and then REGGIE AND ME.
    June 09, 2018, 10:23:13 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: I've never understood why those old titles had "and Me" in them, anyway. Why not just name the titles after the starring characters?
    June 09, 2018, 08:17:45 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Funny that the trade paperback collection is entitled REGGIE AND ME Vol. 1, when his floppy comic book series was actually titled just plain REGGIE for the first 18 issues (and going on hiatus for nine years in between issues #14 and 15). Since it's only a 224-page book, that should mean we'll be seeing reprints of stories from the first 9 (or maybe 10) issues. So shouldn't it be titled REGGIE Vol. 1? Unless they actually do plan to start the first volume with issue #19 from 1966 (the first classic Evilheart issue) where the title actually changed to REGGIE AND ME. My theory is that the ME in that title = Evilheart, unlike the prior titles ARCHIE AND ME (where ME = Mr. Weatherbee), or BETTY AND ME (where the ME = Archie).
    June 09, 2018, 12:59:59 PM

Author Topic: My Art  (Read 2428 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.


My Art
« on: December 02, 2016, 11:27:53 PM »
So I posted a sketch in my "Art by Gillibean" Album, and I have inked it different ways. My problem is I don't know what color to go with for my new character. I don't have much of a background for her yet, but I think I need to have a color scheme first to decide.
If you want to vote on which color you like best, please go to my album and comment.
Also, if you have an idea for this new comic please comment it.
I know its going to be some sorta of action/ adventure comic, with this girl as the main superhero (or villain :o )(I don't expect this comic to go anywhere, I just like to draw comics in my freetime)
If I do decide on a color I'll post a new sketch of the character with more information.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: My Art
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2016, 01:20:09 PM »
That's exactly how many of the great comic artists started, just making their own homemade comics, and maybe sharing them with their friends, or printing just a few copies (six or twenty) to circulate to a small group of interested friends. Hey, you could make your own mini-comics by folding an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper in half. That gives you four pages (the front and the back of each half of the paper you folded in half) or add as many pieces of paper as you want to make an 8, 12 or 16 page story -- or right on up to a full 32-page comic. Then if you have access to a photocopier at school, the library, or a copy shop, you could print as many copies as you want, and even hand-color them (or at least the covers). It's fun, and it will give you a real feeling of accomplishment to see you made a complete comic book all by yourself!

Read my comments in your gallery!  ;)
« Last Edit: December 03, 2016, 04:17:13 PM by DeCarlo Rules »


Re: My Art
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2016, 04:27:06 PM »
Thank you for all the great tips, I will definitely take them into consideration.

As for my new character, I'm not sure if her skin tone will be a regular peach, a lighter variant of her skin tone, or just white, I think it depends on which color scheme I go with. Even if shes just a regular person (and not an alien) It would be cool to have her have a diffent skin tone. I have a list of names for her, but certain names go with certain colors, so I still have to decide.

She does live on earth, she is a punk (I found it funny that you were able to guess that :) It is present day. And I feel like shes more like a spy than a superhero, and I kinda like the idea of her being a "bad guy" who just doesn't know what shes doing... like, she doesn't realize shes doing the wrong things. I'm not sure, I'm going to have to write some sort of script.

As for the differences you found in the light purple one, Its because I wanted to compare different styles to the other ones. So for the tights, I wanted to see how dark I wanted them to be in comparison.

For all of these drawings I used professional art markers. The brands I used were prismacolor and dickblick. I also used a random black marker, but it soaked into the paper in spread (so if the first few look off, that's why)

I think I'm most likely going to go with a light peach skin, but I'm still not sure on the hair. Even If I don't use certain ones I might recycle them into new characters.

Thanks for all of the advice, and things to think about.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: My Art
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2016, 01:41:19 AM »
Another good thing about making your own minicomics is that you get to try out all your skills, as a storyteller and writer, as well as an artist. Laying out the story panel by panel, pacing the action, and "directing" like a movie on a page. Pencilling, inking, lettering, and coloring. It gives you a better sense of what your strong and weak areas are, and you can work on improving the weaker ones. If you're serious about enrolling in the Kubert School, don't automatically rule out any of those jobs in the comics industry, even if one of them might not be your "ideal" job. Look at Dan Parent. He's a great artist and graphic designer, but he's also a writer. You can look at his older artwork and compare it to his recent work and see where he's greatly improved his skills as an artist over the years. But he also learned how to write comics, and looking through the digests you can find a lot of stories that Dan Parent wrote, but another artist actually drew his story. The comic book industry is actually filled with writers who started out with the intention of becoming artists, but found out that their real talent was in learning how to think visually -- to imagine how the story is going to look on the page.

Craig Boldman is another example of a Kubert School graduate who has done a lot of stories for Archie Comics. You never see his artwork in Archie Comics, but he IS an artist. It's just that he turned out to be one of the best writers, and Archie Comics has other artists who are better at the actual drawing of those characters than he is. You want to know how Craig Boldman writes a story for ACP? He "writes" on those little square post-it notes. Each post-it note is a single panel where he sketches in the characters, captions and word balloons, and then he sticks them on a piece of paper in the order they should go for a comic book page. As he's going along, he might decide to change something, so instead of erasing part of a page, he simply replaces one post-it note with a different one, or moves them around to change the order of the scenes, or add some new panels in-between to make a scene longer or put in some new information that he forgot to include. You can also stick two post-it notes really close together (no space between them) and just treat the two of them together as a single panel. If you want to use panel shapes that aren't regular squares or rectangles, just use scissors to cut your post-it notes to shape.  If you need really large or oddly-shaped panels, then just cut them out of regular white paper and use a glue stick to attach them. Depending on how the story looks like it's flowing, you can expand or contract things so everything reads well visually and logically, the transitions are smooth and read intuitively, and nothing important is left out, and that it all fits exactly into the pre-determined number of pages you have to tell the story (giving yourself a pre-determined page limit is a good practical exercise, because in the real comic industry, that's how it works). You don't want to have too many or too few panels to a page (unless there's a very good, intentional reason for doing that), and you want to keep the reader's eye moving along from panel to panel in the correct sequence without having the reader stop to think about where to look next. The post-it method of laying out and writing a story is a good trick, and it's really helpful for graphic storytellers who are just starting out, too. That way you can experiment a little before you commit your final artwork for the story to the page, and it lets you tinker with things and get the rough story down just right before you start the harder work of penciling and inking (that's real work, so you want to save yourself from having to re-do it as much as possible at that stage).

I guess what I'm trying to say here is that before you even sit down to try to draw the best-looking picture you're capable of, you need to do a lot of thinking. Every blank page, and every blank panel presents you with a mental puzzle. How do you place everything into that blank space, and where does it all go? You need to leave enough space to include the caption boxes and dialogue balloons, figure out how the characters fit in that space and what they're doing and how they're moving, and leave enough space to put in some background details so we can tell where they are. You need to figure out how what's in that panel relates to the one that came before it, and the one that comes after it. If you're doing it all yourself, then you literally have to create something out of nothing. If you're starting from a written script, well then you've got some descriptions and dialogue to start with, so it may be a little easier, but it's a good challenge to start with nothing but your own basic ideas. You've got to mentally carve something out of that blank space, like a sculptor. Once you've laid out or roughed out your story with loose sketches so that you know where it all fits, looked it over several times critically to see if anything's missing or could be improved, and are satisfied with the result, then you've got your basic blueprint to begin the actual drawing. Then you can sit down, rule out the panel borders, letter the captions and dialogue balloons, and loosely sketch in all the figures. If everything then looks good, you sit down and go page by page, drawing everything in all the panels, one at a time. You don't have to go in any particular order, or you could set the order according to the tools you need to use. Maybe you need to draw some light perspective lines to make sure everything stays in the proper proportion, or for mechanical drawings of things like buildings, with a ruler. There are a lot of different things to think about.
« Last Edit: December 05, 2016, 03:46:00 AM by DeCarlo Rules »


Re: My Art
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 05:27:01 AM »
It has a lot of interest.

Re: My Art
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2017, 06:44:19 AM »
This is a very interesting to do.


The Archie character names and likenesses are covered by the registered trademarks/copyrights of Archie Comic Publications, Inc. and are used with permission by this site. The Official Archie Comics website can be visited at
Live Support