I’ve been up and down this internet persuing and perusing comics of all natures, kinds, and designs and I have found a fundamental truth among all of them. The 3/4 view of any given character is the angle supreme.
Being a cartoonist myself, I can understand that. Not only is the 3/4 position fun as hell to draw, but in terms of staging, design, and expression it is the most universal.
In most comics the characters we watch do most (if not all) of their interaction between eachother and not the reader, therefore it would be much more sensical that they would face eachother, but in such a way that we could see their faces, their body language, and their reactions to any given comic stimulus. Also each of these expressions and reactions are made the most aparent at this angle, thus making it the superior angle to draw one’s characters.
Certainly this is no seceret to anyone who spends their time reading or drawing their comic of online virtue. In fact, there are a good deal of comics on our lovely digital domain whose characters are (almost) never seen any other way. PvP is an example of one, Achewood is another, even my beloved Ugly Hill is guilty of this.
Certainly I mean no calamity towards any of these comics or their corresponding creators, but if we were to remove the dialogue bubbles froom atop the characters’ heads the comics we know, love, and enjoy would have their flat staging becomes much more aparent. Certainly thank God we aren’t removing the very bubbles delivering to us the strips’ supply of comic mirth (even the best drawn comics need dialogue), but I hope this does leave artists with something to consider. Something to consider AND a personal challenge/invitation from yours truly…
Artists: Don’t change your story, characters, or style, but try and incoporate a drastically different angle to one of your characters in the next strip that you draw. Or even draw a dynamic pose. When you put it online post a link to your strip in the comments section. It’s a great excersize for your drawing skills and I’m sure I’m not the only reader who will apreciate this brand of boat rocking.