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I feel like some of you might have seen this, but there is a pretty fascinating article right here on how comic art ended up shrinking from the once-standard 12.5 inches by 18.5 inches down to around 10 inches by 15 inches. I know Thomas draws quite large, but I’ve seen the rest of you PANEListas drawing at a variety of different sizes and orientations. A quick but informative read.

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3 Responses to “10 inches by 15 inches”

  • Tom Williams says:

    So it’s all *Murphy Anderson’s fault(*shakes fist). Jerk. For the longest time I struggled on 11 x 17. Still tried to make it work despite seeing originals by Kirby and Raymond at the American Illustrator’s Gallery in New York. (Which is where I got the idea to work larger.)

    Now it shouldn’t matter because the artist is expected to scan the pages… right? Does DC and Marvel still send out that crappy bristol for their artists to draw on? I think I heard somewhere that when Minx was still around, the artists were expected to work even smaller. (which explains why Ryan Kelly’s work was so simplistic, compared to his other stuff)

    Andy’s perfectly comfortable working at or close to near size. I’m pretty ham-fisted with the brush so I need the large format to lay down the line I want. I use Photoshop’s image size to figure out how large I can go and still reduce down to the target size. Never could figure out that reduction wheel thingy they were talking about in Illustration class.

  • Tony Goins says:

    The Minx books were all manga sized, weren’t they? It probably makes sense to work smaller, in that case. That size doesn’t allow too many panels.

  • Matt Kish says:

    It’s funny Thomas, I actually have a really really difficult time working that large. For some reason I just have a very hard time seeing the art in any kind of perspective. I almost always work close to final size or I start to feel a little out of control. Then again, I tend to use pens a lot more than brushes, so I can see how if I was using as much brushwork as you, I would really benefit from a bigger canvas.

    Also, “ham-fisted.”

    Also, “sploogy ass.”


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