We are looking for three main things in all pencil art
1.Your ability to tell a story through pictures
2.Your ability to DRAW
3.Your ability to draw Star Verse characters who look
and act right.
Comic books are a storytelling medium. Your samples
should demonstrate your ability to tell a story in a
sequence of pictures. Make up a story or have
someone describe a few scenes from a comic book
you've never looked at, and draw four to six pages of
it, breaking down each scene into the optimal number
of panels to tell the story visually. Do not send pinup
shots, since they do not show any storytelling ability.
Besides storytelling, your samples should
demonstrate good drawing - a knowledge of anatomy,
perspective, and convincing environments and
backgrounds. Beyond that, your samples should show
your command of the human figure in a variety of
activities, everything from a simple conversation to a
frenetic fight scene. Concentrate on what's inside the
panel borders, not on the overall design of the page.
Complicated page layouts, figures jutting through the
borders, and other visual gimmicks usually hurt the
Besides storytelling and good drawing,
your samples should show your visual understanding of
Star Verse heroes: not simply how they look, but how they
stand or move, their size compared to their
surrounding, how they force other characters to
react or relate to them. Send samples of Star Verse
characters only, since we're experts on them and
know how they should look and act.
Professional pencilers work on a 10" by 15" area
floating within an 11" by 17" artboard. Artboards are
usually Strathmore 2-ply coldpress artboard with a
slightly rough finish. (If the surface is too smooth, like
mechanical drawing paper, it can make the pencil lines
smudge.) Pencilers generally use an HB pencil (or
non-repro blue pencil) for sketching and laying out a
page, and a 2H to 5H pencil for the final drawing and
finishing of the art.