CorelDraw X8 Basics: Working with line art Part 4

Continued from CorelDraw X8 Basics: Working with line art Part 3

Making interesting panel frames


If you draw boxes for panel frames using the Corel preset Rectangle or Polygon tools, the lines don't look as natural as lines drawn using a traditional technical pen or brush. You can draw more attractive frames using the Artistic Media tool and straightening the lines using the Shape tool.

Note: Comic book frames were drawn using various types of pens or brushes creating a very natural effect thanks to the texture of the paper. Vector drawings don't have the same attractive ink bleed effect.

To use the Artistic Media tool to create panel frames and straighten the lines using the Shape tool:

1. Using the Artistic Media tool, select a Preset brush from the list and draw a panel frame.

2. Using the Shape tool, select nodes and click the Delete node button on the bar.

3. To align the nodes to a straight line, click the Convert to line on the Property bar.



4. If needed, align the nodes or change the Outline thickness.


Speed and blast lines 


A previous post here at Unsolicited But Offered discussed creating speed and blast lines using the Fill tool and, alternatively, using the Blend tool.

For additional details regarding using the Fill tool and Blend tool to create speed and blast lines, refer to CorelDraw Basics: Speed lines and blast lines Part 1 and Part 2.

A third option is to use the Artistic Media tool set to create parallel lines of different weights. CorelDraw X8 includes several very useful brush presets that weren't available in earlier versions, and it's considerably easier to use these to make natural "blast lines".  As always, you can modify them as needed using the Shape tool if they aren't aligned properly to your vanishing point or horizon.


The background effects for Spidey's Spider-Sense were achieved by drawing lines using the Calligraphic and brush Preset options of the Artistic Media tool. The objects were then Ungrouped and some lines were either straightened, deleted, or moved to add some space. To add more emphasis to Spidey's 6th-sense, ellipses with no fill and white Pen outlines were then added on top of the blast lines. In addition, the vector strokes for Spidey were changed to a white outline and placed on top of the speed lines. An alternate illustration in the screen capture shows Spidey's outlines changed to red in CorelDraw to save coloring time.



Note: Over the years, Marvel Comics artists played around with effects to depict Spidey panels. Web of Spider-Man's Alex Saviuk added consistently shaped yellow lightning arrows (a personal favorite), while early Mark Bagley art during the early 90s used squiggly lines. Steve Ditko used thick black strokes that typically surrounded Peter's head or body. Although the 90s Spider-Man series was horrible and as badly written as the 70s and 80s animated series, the Spidey Sense effect in the show probably best interpreted Stan Lee's idea of the early-warning system.

Steve Dtiko's Spidey-Sense consisted to simple black thick lines. Scan from The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964) from the author's own collection.

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