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Comics Lettering Theory Part 1 by themightyfro Comics Lettering Theory Part 1 by themightyfro
Here is Part 1 of 2 (see below for the linke to part 2) of the second of my adventures into comics lettering tutorials. This one has lots more picture examples, so I had to split it into two parts. This isn't so much a direct tutorial as an exploration of some of the theory behind different uses for lettering. For example, here we'll be talking about: creating emphasis using bold and italics, the effects of breaking up dialogue in different ways, the use of the double dash (--) and ellipsis (...), color and typography. In the first tutorial we learned what buttons to press, now we're going to talk about how to use that knowledge!

Special thanks to and who did the art for most of the example pictures.

Again, I'd like this to be a work in progress, so please give me your questions, comments, complaints, and general feedback!

When you finish, here's [THE LINK TO PART 2 OF 2]

- chris
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AldoTocci89 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful, thank you!!!
PlasmaZoroark Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you make links?
godeyes Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very very helpful!!! thanks so much!!! i nearly choked when i read that pirate joke btw lol
ShahirahLikesMilk Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student General Artist
I thank you so much for this! :iconiloveitplz:
kalkie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This is a highly informative piece of tutorial for an important part of comic making! Thank you for taking the time to compile all this.

Might I suggest you submit this over to :iconartistshospital:? It's an active site for tutorials of all kinds and I know a lot more people will be thankful for this.
NuclearDraco Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Thank you for this Tutorial (and part 2) It's really helping me understand how important lettering will be for my comic.
anarchyfever Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank for this, I always have a hard time with text boxs.
ueihan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Oh, Dr. McNinja. Or specifically; pirates!

Thanks for the tutorial!
batlesbo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Really helpful, I'm glad you've done this!
(*goes to part 2!*)
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
My favourite part is how you exemplified dialogue with characters obviously drawn for a different context. "I've always loved you..." Hilarious! :D
IamHollingsworth Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
great info!
baka-wallaby Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
This has some interesting info about some stuff that would prove helpful for any comic person.
bloochocolate191 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
:lmao: c:=
hyenacub Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I am no comic artist, but your tutorials about them are very interesting...I read comics, but never stopped to consciously think about what all those techniques meant.

And that pirate joke is *awful!!!* LOL! I laughed my rear end off at it. I love it!
Flazeebo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
that last comic made me laugh so freekin hard... XD
swordplaymaster Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
it no work fo me
sagopa Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007   Digital Artist
its not workink man i cant see any thing
please check this up

wicked-sparrow Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006
great toutorial, just what i needed :)
It would be great if you would do a nother toutorial about layouting and general theory on drawing comics.
wuzCraCCin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006
:rofl: @ that pirate joke!
AafkeYtsma Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006
Wow, this is a really good tutorial, I am trying to make my own comic but I am having a hard time with the lettering. This is extremely useful thank you very much. The dashes were completely new to me, I am definitely going to use them. Also figured I made my balloons to big. Once again thank you.
themightyfro Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006
Pericles Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Very, VERY Interesting!

Thanks for shawing the knowledge! :glomp:
themightyfro Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Glad I can help!
FuPoo Featured By Owner May 21, 2005
excellent =p
patrickstrange Featured By Owner May 19, 2005
great stuff... click and fave
mattcrap Featured By Owner May 17, 2005
these are just GREAT!!
Thanks alot, i've just recently been dealing with alot of "lettering issues" working on my own crap
(submissions and what-not) and your tutorials REALLY just hit at the right time, thanks!
If I ever make it to where I wanna go, and you wanna job? it's YOURS! ahahaha!
themightyfro Featured By Owner May 17, 2005
You're welcome! And yes, I'll take the job!
mattcrap Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
HAHA- yeah, i don't see that jappening ANY time soon- but yer definetly @ the top of the list!
(who the hell am I kidding? there is no list- you are the list.)
Dark99 Featured By Owner May 17, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done... I didn't find anything to complain about at all... very helpful indeed.
themightyfro Featured By Owner May 17, 2005
kildeh Featured By Owner May 17, 2005
intersesting, i actually learned alot in that. thanks chris. and aaron, and meg. lol. thanks for the tips. really helps me out.
themightyfro Featured By Owner May 17, 2005
You're welcome, I'm glad it helped!
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