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Benefits of comics on kids

comics 2As a soccer coach, I spend most of my time with younger kids that I coach in my local area. One thing that I have realized is that kids can relate well to things that are funny, than things that seems serious and straight forward. At times, I allow my team to read for 30 minutes and I realized kids love comics. One day a 7 years old girl asked me to define eccentric, surveillance, forfeit, and why insomnia is bad. “What could she be reading?” I wondered. One thing I was sure of is that she wasn’t reading president’s biography, Garfield, or the New Yorker. I was surprised that she was nose deep in her comic book. In fact, she was able to answer all the questions she asked me. This is when I decided to offer comic drawing lessons after every soccer practice and kids loved it. If you think that comics aren’t of any help on kids, then you are wrong. Below are some of the benefits of comics on kids:

1. Increased inference
Comics are proven to improve inference skills for pre-school kids who struggle to read. Inference means reading between lines and enough comprehension. Comics are helpful in that they infer meaning from pictures and a child will be able to relate the picture to the story told in the book.

2. Add vocabularies
Some comic books intentionally introduce big words for kids to think over. It helps kids add to their personal world bank via inference while asking help from parents and even open a dictionary. Since it relates to a comic, a child is less likely to forget.

3. Future profession
As kids learn how to draw comics and you notice that your kid is good in it, you can keep on encouraging him to draw more to hone his skills. You do not have to assume that since nobody in your family has anything to do with cartooning it is not good for your son. The truth is there are numerous comic creators who are just first generation comic artists and are earning millions. It is hard to know your kids’ best profession. If your kid loves trucking, this is a job that he can combine with comics and still have great time. There numerous trucking companies offering trucking lessons. To learn more about this, you may read more here.

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4. Creating confidence
Pictures can effectively build a kid’s confidence. This is because when a child looks at a page with comics, he gets a positive perception of the text inside the book, rather than an overwhelming page full of text. Comics typically provide a few sentences with numerous emotional cues. Those kids who are not confident can be independent readers by looking at comics and seeing visual texts, such as “says Tom”,

5. Improved bonding
Nothing brings kids together like a case of giggles. Kids can rediscover their favorite funnies when sharing a good joke from a comic. Alternatively, a parent can choose a graphic novel for kids that talk about childhood complaints and issues.

6. A great pastime hobby
Comic drawing can be a great pastime hobby which can get kids started early since it is not physically demanding. Kids can easily pursue this hobby because it cannot affect their studies.

7. Improved eye coordination
Skills acquired in drawing comics will help kids in their studies. This is because it improves eye-hand coordination and observation skill which will help them even in the future regardless of the profession they choose.

Kids can learn the basics and start using their imaginations to come up with awesome comics that have never been seen. You will be surprised when you see them in future being the most sought after cartoon artists.

Who say soccer coach can’t draw? My hobby as a comic artist

comicsMost of my friends know I play soccer, coach soccer, and love soccer. But they don’t know that comics is another passion of mine. I actually met a lot of kids who also love comics and soccer (yes, which kid doesn’t like comics). So I figure I will post an article showing my readers how to draw comics.

If you have been to amusement parks or street fair lately, then you may have seen a caricature artist in action. Many people stop by to get their comic portrait drawn in a comic style, usually in large heads and smaller bodies while doing something funny. If you would like to learn how to draw comics, then you are in the right place. So are you ready? Let’s do this. This article will help you come up with a professionally drawn cartoon in 3 simple steps:

1. Plan your comics before you draw

a. Number of characters

You need to decide on how many characters will be used in the comic. Before putting your pencil on a paper, you should have an idea of the number.

b. Develop a plot outline

You need to understand how you want the basic action to flow as soon as you begin plotting your frames. A frame is a single square in a comic page.

c. Start plotting your comic

Plotting involves sketching rough frames on each page and placing quick and rough sketches of the characters in them.

d. Create model sheets for characters

A model sheet needs to include a character’s drawing from two angles and contain of as much details as possible. This is because you will refer to this later as you get down to serous business to be able to maintain continuity of your comic.

2. Draw your comic

Start by using a ruler to draw in frames on the paper. As you draw, you can refer back to your rough plotting sketches to ensure that your drawing has the correct frame size and positions.

Draw careful sketches of your characters into the frames. You can use the sketches at first so that you can make adjustments later if you need to do so.

Grab your characters model sheets so that you can begin filling in costumes and faces. You need every character to have the exact costume and features throughout your comic. Therefore, you should refer to your sheet model more often.

 

You can now review your work so far since this is the best stage to solve any problem such costume inaccuracies or awkward positioning of the characters.

 

3. Add the finishing touches

Erase any model lines accidental marks on your comic

 

Darken the outlines of the comic characters to make sure they stand out more clearly against the background.

 

Darken frame lines so that the reader can easily know where the frame ends

Review your work one last time for continuity and detail

 

Crucial Tips

Use a less expensive paper when you are plotting your comics. This is because the drawing will mainly serve as references.

 

You should use the first frame of your comic to establish a setting. For example, this can be done by drawing a school entrance picture or a dark forest.

 

When plotting your comic, make sure you leave a room for conversation bubbles.

 

This may seem like a lot of work but that is not the case. Even though it will take a little bit of your time, the fulfillment you will get after coming up with a meaningful and stunning comic will overshadow the time you spent on it. The best thing about comic is that you can do it as a part time job.

 

Some of the jobs that you can do while drawing comic are nanny jobs or cashier. To get these jobs, you obviously need to have a competitive resume. Just visit bestresumeguru.com to get tips on how to come up with a good nanny job resume. Also, you will get resume writing tips for a cashier jobs and land on your dream job. But if you want to make comic drawing your job, just follow the above tips and you will be a comic guru!