Good As Lily artist Jesse Hamm is on a role this week. First, over at Comics Should Be Good, he produces “Eight Things I’d Like to See More of In Comics,” which offers a wealth of solid, hands-on advice to aspiring cartoonists:
4.) FIXED POINT OF VIEW
It’s common wisdom that frequent changes of p.o.v. in a scene add variety and drama. But that approach is used so often lately that most comics read more like photo albums than fluid chains of events. By contrast, look at the fluidity of comics by cartoonists with an animation background, like Graham Annable or Jeff Smith. They know well that a static p.o.v. ties moments together, and casts the action in sharper relief. You don’t need a course in animation to follow their example; it’s a simple matter of leaving the background the same while the characters do their thing.
Then, over on his own blog, he’s reprinting sections of from the 1926 book How To Draw Cartoons, which offers advice from such greats as Frank King, Winsor McCay and Claire Briggs.
Oh, Sequential Tart has an interview with him too. Guy gets around.