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Being able to explore and categorize different types of layouts helps to decide the most appropriate when delivering your story.

The pages in this chapter present 14 most common layout designs and their use in storytelling.


Backgrounds and props are often underestimated in their power to deliver an effective story to the readers. They can be as important as the characters themselves and therefore their proper treatment can impact the illustration more effectively.

In this chapter, you'll find helpful notes in design as well as thoughts regarding the role of props and background elements within the composition.


Finding the way of deconstructing anatomy into simple shapes can help to achieve the desired pose quickly and with less effort.

What we call "abbreviated anatomy" is a compilation of practical short-cuts which allow to maintain a convincing anatomical look, while designing your character's action.

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