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The Process Of Creating Matt Daio In ‘The Art Of Comic Books’

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Earlier this year LRMonline brought you an exclusive feature from Tim Nardelli focusing on the process of making a comic book.  The feature The Art of Comic Book discusses the creative process took to create an original character.  While a casual comic book reader wouldn’t think of this as a big challenge, there is a lot of work to just conceptualize the character.

One of the most difficult concepts in creating a comic book is bringing a character to life. In creating the main character, Matt Daio, Tim shared that to create the character he had to visualize the style of the protagonist. For Tim he wanted Matt to have a style that represented a musician with style. As he started to sketch out his vision it became clearer how he wanted the main character to look.


The first step for Tim was to establish a model sheet of what the protagonist looked like.  The model sheet starts off as headshots of the character and then goes into detail about the body shape. When creating a comic book, especially with different characters it is important that each one has a unique style about them.  This gives the reader an identity marker for each character so that can recall certain actions or events for that character within the story.

The next process that Tim did to create Matt was have his model sheets turned into 3D animation.  Tim’s reasoning about going through this process was by having a 3D rendering of Matt Daio this allowed Tim to have a reference to draw the character in different positions.  With the main character appearing multiple times on one sheet, Tim knew that his character would have to be drawn in multiple positions.  Once Tim had the headshots and 3D animation of Matt Daio to his liking he could continue on with the project.

You can check out more about Tim’s experience creating Matt Daio in the feature.  The Art of Comic Books is an LRM Exclusive that has been a success with our audience.  Tim Nardelli takes us through the process it took to create his soon-to-be-released comic book Night Terror.  While there are many informative features out there about comic books, what makes The Art of Comic Books unique is its in-depth view of how much work it takes to make a comic book.  From the simple steps like making a storyboard to the complicated process of developing a character from descriptive words to visual art.  The journey is a complicated process and Tim does a great job of sharing the challenges he encounters making his vision come to life. You can check out the feature below and make sure to check back for other exclusives such as interviews with the production team.

Related: The Art Of Comic Books Exclusive Art Stills | LRM Exclusive

The feature covers the entire process of creating a comic book starting with the script, to storyboarding, conceptualizing, drawing, and coloring. Tim Nardelli will take us through the journey as he brings his newest comic Night Terror to life. His accomplishments include working on the Emmy-winning series Dark/Web on Amazon Prime and Circle which is on Netflix. In addition, Tim has worked on numerous art projects ranging from logo art to graphic designs. Make sure to check out LRM for The Art Of Comic Books exclusives.

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Make sure to check back on LRMonline to see us go more in-depth with Tim about the process of making Night Terror and The Art of Comic Books.

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