Learn how to follow the action through a multiple panel scene with effective character placement and intentional linework to guide the readers eye exactly where we want it to be.
- [Instructor] An action scene is similar to…our previous examples in a lot of ways.…Mainly, the character's direction and, of course,…our visuals that are always working towards…moving the reader's eyes where we want them to be.…What's added is that, like you see on this page,…it's often a series of quick hits…that make the reader feel like they're inside the action,…and that it's all happening very fast.…Our first panel is nice and big,…and we have our lead character gearing up…to charge into battle.…And you can see the automatic zooming effect…that we mentioned previously happening…as our eyes travel into the distance…to see where she'll end up.…
The whole perspective of this room leads us…right to that bottom right of this panel,…which is almost always where we want to be.…The movements of the staffs help bring us…from one panel to the next, and even guide us…back in the opposite direction here in the middle,…so we can continue from our left to right again,…and land once more with the cliffhanger,…where we wonder what will happen next,…
Before you can start drawing your comic, you need to know the basics of shot composition and camera angles, and why they're crucial to successfully telling your story on the page. Ben talks about the rule of thirds, wide shots, full shots, medium shots, close-ups, and more. He also demonstrates the importance of following the action in the same direction throughout any given scene. Storyboarding may not always be associated with comics, but the same rules apply. Knowing and understanding these concepts can strengthen your work.
- Storyboarding for film vs. comics
- Understanding aspect ratio
- What is the rule of thirds?
- The types of camera shots within illustrated comic panels
- Zooming and panning in a still image
- The movements of the camera in comics within a scene
- Character placement
- Moving characters through a scene