How does the cartoonist decide what to include in a panel, and what to leave out? When to zoom in on a subject, and when to pull back? Jesse Hamm answers these questions in today’s Carousel Column on CROPPING PANELS!
Artists are often advised to “draw what you see, not what you think you see.” But how do we distinguish between those options? This month’s Carousel column explains the difference!
You’ve received a script and you’re ready to draw it—what next? Jesse Hamm describes preparatory steps you can take that will smooth your way and minimize difficulties.
Jesse Hamm starts off the new year with a look at composition: The art of arranging the shapes in your drawing so that the placement of every shape suggests the right meaning.
Jesse Hamm returns with solid advice for artists on how to help you set goals that fit your time and talents and satisfy you, without stressing you out.
Jesse Hamm gives some helpful tips on how to separate figures from backgrounds when drawing comics.
Jesse Hamm examines a sequence by artist Alan Davis from Uncanny X-Men Annual #11 (1987), and writes about what it teaches us about comic art and storytelling.
Jesse Hamm returns with a wealth of information on how to draw animals!
Whether you pencil and ink on paper or digitally, artist Jesse Hamm has some great inking tips for you!
Jesse Hamm celebrates the art of cartoonist Mort Drucker, who died last week at the age of 91.
Jesse Hamm returns with a look at the differences between drawing and cartooning.
Jesse Hamm returns with some great tips to solve some of the more common problems you may face when drawing a story.
Jesse Hamm starts off the New Year right with a deep-dive look at Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's classic Batman: Year One.
Jesse Hamm talks about how crucial anatomy is to storytelling and offers ten tips to help improve your work!
Jesse Hamm talks about every artist's favorite bugaboo: BACKGROUNDS!
Jesse Hamm writes about outside influences for cartoonists, and what fields of study could benefit the working or aspiring comics artist.
Jesse Hamm returns with a list of one dozen key things that you're going to draw OFTEN.
Whether you're just visiting a major convention like Comic-Con this summer, or plan to present your portfolio in a serious search for work, Jesse Hamm has you covered with ten tips for successful convention-ing!
Jesse Hamm talks about Mapping, a way of world-building in your comic pages.
Jesse Hamm talks about the importance of using thumbnails to set the stage in your comic art.
Jesse Hamm offers an artist's eye view of the work of one of comics' greats: José Luis García-López!
Artist Jesse Hamm starts the New Year off right with some tips on getting organized ... from flat files to receipt boxes, every artist can use this info!
Jesse Hamm writes about what it takes to make your storytelling more grounded in reality, through props, settings, and details.
Jesse Hamm offers some solid advice on how to improve your page samples for portfolio review.
Jesse Hamm explains how to transition between scenes in stories, using examples from some comics masters, such as Alex Toth and Mike Mignola.
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