Creating a cheat sheet to help simplify what’s to come next. Why it’s important, how it helps.
- [Voiceover] Now that we have all our panels picked out,…consolidated, and sectioned off into groups…that will eventually become pages,…can we finally start drawing now?…Sorry, not just yet.…Take a look at this script, it's a mess.…We need to get organized; we need to get this cleaned up.…The best way I've found to stay focused…and productive on a page while I'm working…is to create a cheat sheet.…My cheat sheets are kinda ugly, too,…but they're nice and simple.…They save me a lot of headache and help me stay on track.…It's simply a list of all my panels, or actions,…a numbered list of quick descriptions of what it is…I'm actually going to be drawing.…
All of my panels and all of my actions, you get it.…Being able to tape a cheat sheet up…to the top of your desk or workspace…to quickly reference rather than flipping through a…massive, tattered, scribbled on script to find your place…will save you a ton of time and struggle.…You can see here all I have to concern myself with…are these nine things:…Donn on the ground, closes eyes,…
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