Comic Book Artists
Education and Training Requirements
While in high school, take classes in drawing, graphic design, digital design, painting, and sculpture if it’s offered. English literature and writing classes also provide a good foundation for skills needed in comic book art.
A bachelor’s degree is not required to become a comic book artist but it helps hone skills and expand knowledge of art. In some cases employers prefer to hire comic book artists with a degree in art. Academic programs may focus on fine art, computer graphics, animation, or a related field. Classes include painting, drawing, sculpture, and, depending on the degree, interactive media or animation. Core required subjects are usually art history and studio art, as well as English, social science, and marketing. Students also take classes in software programs for art.
Other Education or Training
The Graphic Artists Guild provides teleclasses that focus on topics such as optimizing your portfolio and utilizing social media for marketing and self promotion. AIGA, the professional association for design, also provides continuing education opportunities. Contact these organizations for more information.
Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements
Certification or Licensing
There are no certification or licensing requirements to become a comic book artist.
Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits
Comic book artists must have solid drawing and illustration skills. There are no required number of years to be a comic book artist, but most comic book artists have years of practice at drawing and telling stories before they break into the field. Imagination, storytelling abilities, and the ability to collaborate with others on projects are important attributes for this type of work. Experience with art software such as Adobe Photoshop, Manga Studio, SketchBook Pro, or others is important. Strong communication skills and flexible attitude also come in handy when working with art directors, writers, and publishers, and is especially helpful when under deadline pressure. Many comic book artists learn the trade and get their foot in the door by assisting an established artist.