One of the fun things when you try to draw is to copy someone's style. Whether it ends up a parody or pays homage to the greats, it is not to plagiarize the work of others but to modify it creatively and to build upon your own technique.
I wanted to copy the style of Charles Shulz and his cartoons Peanuts. My twist is to see if I could incorporate an instructables staffer theme into the Peanuts Halloween theme. Similarly, you could try this variation on any other theme - Pokemon, Transformers, Super Mario, or any comic.
So I will describe some basics in this ible. It should be enough to get you started on developing your own characters. You really can't
set anything on fire
mess up anything so give it a shot and practice. Good luck.
The pen is mightier than the sword....
You just need something to write with and something to write on with the something you have to write with.
I will break down the steps by taking a snapshot of the work in progress.
I will outline or sketch the basic scene or layout.
I will ink the pencil lines and then erase the pencil markings.
I will scan the image on to the computer to generate a digital image to work with.
I will use SketchBook Pro to color in and enhance the drawing. It's actually cool that it replicates the COPIC line of professional markers for professional illustration. You can download a trial version good for 15 days after installation.
Having a lightbox might be handy
if you need to trace anything.
Having printed or onscreen images for reference may be handy.
CAUTION: You shouldn't get lead poisoning from using too much pencil lead, it's really graphite. Eraser crumbs are not edible and may not taste good. Sketching and driving at the same time might not be a good idea.