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Encyclopedia > Comics artist

A comics artist is an artist working within the comics medium. The term may refer to any number of artists who contribute to produce a work in the comics form, from those who oversee all aspects of the work to those who contribute only a part. Artist is a subjective term which describes a person creative in, innovative in, or adept at, their endeavors. ... Comics (sometimes spelled comix) are combinations of words and images into a medium for telling stories. ...


Whilst such comics artists as Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes will create and produce their work themselves, presenting finished artwork to a publisher, there are other processes through which a work in the comics medium is produced, which split the tasks amongst many specialised artists.


Within the comic strip format, whilst it is typical for one creator to produce the whole strip, it is not uncommon for the writing of the strip and the creating of the art for the strip to be created by two people, a writer and an artist. A comic strip creator at work. ...


With regards to the comic book format, the work can be split in many different ways. The writing and the creation of the art can be split between two people, an example being From Hell, which was written by Alan Moore and drawn by Eddie Campbell. The artistic chores can also be further split, especially on work produced for the larger comnic book publishers, with four people typically working on the art: a penciller; an inker; a colorist; and a letterer. From Hell is a graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell speculating upon the identity and motives of Jack the Ripper. ... Alan Moore Alan Moore (born November 18, 1953, in Northampton, England) is a British writer most famous for his work in comics. ... Alec: The King Canute Crowd by Eddie Campbell Eddie Campbell is a Scottish-born comics artist and cartoonist who now lives in Australia. ... In producing a comic book, the penciller (or penciler) draws the comic based on the script created by the writer. ... The inker is one of the two line artists in a traditional comic book, or graphic novel. ... A colorist is an artist who colors comic art reading it for production as a comic book. ... In comic books, the letterer is the person who draws the letters in the word balloons, draws in sound effects and usually designs a books logo. ...


Sometimes this combination of four artists is augmented by a fifth, a breakdown artist. However, the generally only occurs when an artist fails to meet a deadline or when a writer, sometimes referred to as a scripter, produces breakdown art. Breakdown art is where the story has been laid out very roughly in pencils to indicate panel layouts and character positions within panels, but with no great detail filled in, and is sometimes referred to as "layouts".


The norm of four artists can also be reduced to three if the penciller also inks his own work, usually being credited within the book as a penciller/inker. John Byrne and Walt Simonson are artists who have, on occasion, inked their own work. Uncanny X-Men #135 (1980), cover by Byrne John Byrne (July 6, 1950 - ) is a British-born Canadian (now naturalised American) author and artist of comic books. ... Walter or, usually, Walt Simonson is a comic book writer and artist. ...


The writing of a comic book can also be shared between two people, with one person writing the plot and another the script.


It is worth noting that these roles are highly interchangeable, and many artists can fulfill different roles. Stan Sakai is a highly regarded letterer of comic books who also creates his own series, Usagi Yojimbo, whilst Eddie Campbell has seperately provided scripts, art and, with his daughter, colors for comic books, whilst also producing his own autobiographical works. Stan Sakai (1953– ) is a third-generation American of Japanese descent. ... Usagi Yojimbo (うさぎ用心棒 or 兎用心棒, translation: Rabbit Bodyguard) is a comic book series created by Stan Sakai. ... Alec: The King Canute Crowd by Eddie Campbell Eddie Campbell is a Scottish-born comics artist and cartoonist who now lives in Australia. ...


Another, unusual set up was that of Cerebus, on which, for the majority of the run, Dave Sim created everything except the backgrounds, these being provided by Gerhard. Cerebus the Aardvark (or simply Cerebus) was an ambitious monthly independent comic book begun by Canadian artist Dave Sim in 1977, and running for 300 issues and 6,000 pages, through March 2004. ... Dave Sim (born May 17, 1956 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian comic book writer and artist, best known as the creator of the 6,000 page graphic novel Cerebus the Aardvark. ... Gerhard is the professional name of a Canadian comics artist known for the elaborately detailed background drawings in Dave Sims series Cerebus the Aardvark, on which he has worked since that comics 65th issue. ...


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In most alternative and small press comics, the same person will write and illustrate, although it is still common for a separate person to produce the color separations, and sometimes the lettering.
In other cases, typically in most European comics, there are usually two or three artists involved: a writer, an artist who provides lettered artwork, and a colorist where necessary.
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