Seen Any Tangents?

January 3, 2012 at 23:23 (Blog) (, , )

When drawing comics, there’s one huge no-no that you should do everything you can to avoid. It goes for other kinds of art to, but is particularly noticable in comics and other mediums that uses strongly contrasting lines; Tangents!

What’s a tangent?
It’s when two or more lines meet (or run parallell to each other) in a way that distracts they eye.

Imagine a simple drawing with a line marking the horizon, and a man standing in front. Try to picture the man in a simple jacket and pants, and that the horizonline in the background seems to go behing the man juuuuust at the spot where the jacket and pants meet. That is a tangent, and a pretty obvious one as well.

There are many sorts of tangents, some of them more obvious than others, some easier to avoid than others. I’ve been guilty of this myself, many times. I’ll probably be so in the future as well, though I’m taking pains to look over my drawings first to spot and correct any befire inking.

Why all this talk about tangents? Y’see, I came over a REALLY good article the other day talking about this very subject. It was well written, simply explained, and with gorgeous illustrations to show off the various no-no’s. So, without further ado:

The Schweizer Guide to Spotting Tangents

I highly recommend it as it is a small but good article, and will likely take you only 2-3 minutes to process. Not a bad investment considering it just might make you a better artist. ;)


1 Comment

  1. robpixaday said,

    That’s a great article! Thank you for sharing it.

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