Take a look at the different types of scripts artists receive and how to approach them.
- [Voiceover] Whether you're creating comics…all on your own,…or working solely as the artist for another writer's story,…it all starts with the script.…But, depending on who is writing the comic,…the script can look very different.…There's no right or wrong or industry standard format…to writing comics,…but there does seem to be a style.…More or less,…most of the comic scripts you'll run across…read more like a movie or a play script,…where there will be a description of what's happening…and then each characters dialogue.…Where many scripts differ are in the freedom,…or lack there of,…the writer gives the artist to design the page.…
Here's a script page from my book The Aggregate,…which I've written for myself to be the artist.…You can see it's pretty simple.…There isn't even actually a whole lot of writing,…that can change depending on the content or dialogue,…but basically this gives me everything I need…to start drawing.…If I were writing for another artist,…I might give more descriptions or details…as far as what's happening within each panel.…
The main ideas and concepts are dynamic composition, movement, and narrowing down a script to its core actions in a way that best tells the story, and the importance of trying different things, rather than just going with your first idea. Ben illustrates the concepts with examples from his own graphic novels, and includes tips for staying organized and focused as you draw.
- Identifying panels within a script
- Consolidating panels
- Roughing out poses in Photoshop
- Planning panel shapes
- Placing panels
- Finalizing the page