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What kind of creator are you?

Being a graphic storyteller means that you are able to call yourself many different things – artist, designer, writer. But what are some of the most common types of graphic storytelling creative avenues? Well, below we will help you define what kind of creator you are!

What is graphic storytelling?

What Panel One means by graphic storytelling, is using visuals and words together to craft a narrative. Graphic stories can be non-fiction, long or short fiction, something in-between fiction and non-fiction. They are often comics, graphic novels, zines, webcomics, short chapbooks, or one-page comics, cartoons… (I think you can see where we are going with this). But they can also include graphic recording, cahier, bullet journaling and so on. Anything that is words and pictures that is for consumption is graphic storytelling to us.

I am a visual artist, what do I pick?

Artist 

A person who produces work in any of the arts (drawing, painting, illustration, dance, film… the list goes on).

Animator 

An animator is an artist who creates a visual sequence of multiple sequential images that generate the illusion of movement and usually includes visual, script and sound.

Bio Artist

A bio artist uses live tissues, bacteria and living organisms to craft their art (whether it be with photography or further sketching).

Cartoonist 

A cartoonist sketches or draws shorts (like a comic strip) and is usually using symbolism, satire or ‘accessible’ subjects.

Caricature Artist

A caricature artist focuses on imitation or copy that is representing a person, place or thing, often times exaggerating the peculiarities of its subject.

Conceptual Artist

A conceptual artist develops concepts and ideas that take precedence over traditional aesthetic, technical and material concerns.

Designer

A designer often relies on a set of elements and organizes them in engaging compositions. The main task of a designer is to focus the attention of the view on a certain visual concept, idea, detail part of the design and to make an idea appealing and memorable.

Digital Artist 

A digital artist works and practices digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process.

Illustrator

An illustrator often produces the imagery themselves and are often supportive of other mediums (usually accompany articles, books, magazines, comics) and serve to support and better translate ideas and texts. More often than not, illustrators try to keep the balance between visual and text.

Installation Artist

An installation artist builds three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform a space – this often combines art, text and more.

Mosaic Artist

A mosaic artist makes art and images that use an assemblage of materials to build an art piece.

New Media Artist 

A new media artist creates a work through new media technologies – digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, internet art, interactive art, video game, and biotechnology.

Sequential Artist

A sequential artist uses images in a sequence for graphic storytelling or to convey information. They use ‘comic’ elements such as speech bubbles, etc.

I am not an artist – what else am I?

Letterer 

A letterer is responsible for drawing a comic book’s text. The letterer uses of typefaces, calligraphy, letter size, and layout all contribute to the impact of the comic.

Publisher

A publisher is a person or company that prepares and issues books, journals, etc. for sale.

Writer

A writer breaks the story down in sequence, page by page, and panel by panel. They describe the action, characters and sometimes backgrounds and camera points-of-view of each panel, as well as captions and dialogue.