As fun as webcomics can be to make, if you’re making even a vaguely “realistic” webcomic, then there’s sometimes the risk of artistic boredom. After all, if you’re drawing or painting the same characters and backgrounds over and over again, then this can obviously get monotonous after a while.
If it gets too monotonous, then there’s a risk that this might affect the quality of your webcomic. There’s even a possibility that the diminished enthusiasm caused by this monotony might also lead to writer’s block too.
So, how can you keep the art in your webcomic interesting and varied enough to keep you interested in making it? Here are a few basic suggestions.
1) Dream sequences: Although you shouldn’t include too many of these (in case they start to become predictable), one easy way to add some more interesting artwork to your webcomic is to include a dream sequence of some kind.
This will allow you to include totally different settings and situations than the ones that you would normally be able to include in a “realistic” webcomic. Not only that, you’ll also be able to show your characters reacting to the dream afterwards too.
For example, I was able to use this technique in my “Damania Resurrected” webcomic mini series to include a short 1980s-style cyberpunk thriller comic in a webcomic that is set in the present day. Not only that, it also allowed me to include some character-based humour too (since Harvey dislikes modern technology and avoids it like the plague most of the time):
2) Sports, videogames and other activities: One other way to add a bit of visual variety to your webcomic is to show your characters either trying unusual sports, visiting somewhere different or playing videogames.
By showing your characters playing a game or sport of some kind, you’ll get to include more action in your art (eg: paintball is the classic example of this, so much so that it even has it’s own TV Tropes page ). Here’s yet another example from “Damania Resurrected”, since this mini series seems to be one of the more artistically interesting ones:
Likewise, if you show your characters playing videogames, then you can literally set most of your comic update inside the videogame that they’re playing, which means that you’ll be able to include more interesting artwork.
3) Thoughts and metaphors: One easy way to add more interesting artwork to even one panel of your webcomic is to literally show what your characters are thinking, or to make a joke that revolves around a visual metaphor of some kind.
Not only does this give you a lot more artistic freedom but, by showing the contrast between your characters thoughts and/or a visual metaphor and reality, you can often find ideas for jokes fairly easily too.
Like this example from my “Damania Reappears” webcomic mini series, where I was able to include a stylised motorbike-based scene purely by showing one of the characters’ thoughts about getting a speeding ticket.
Sorry for the short article, but I hope that this was useful 🙂