Comic book artists must have solid drawing and illustration skills. There are no required number of years to be a comic book artist, but most comic book artists have years of practice at drawing and telling stories before they break into the field. Imagination, storytelling abilities, and the ability to collaborate with others on projects are important attributes for this type of work. Experience with art software such as Adobe Photoshop, Manga Studio, SketchBook Pro, or others is important. Strong communication skills and flexible attitude also come in handy when working with art directors, writers, and publishers, and is especially helpful when under deadline pressure. Many comic book artists learn the trade and get their foot in the door by assisting an established artist.
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