Go through examples and demonstrations of an extreme close up shot in comics, as well as learn how and why they are used.
- [Narrator] Extreme close ups can be really useful…in comics and can be very effective in spelling out…for our viewer precisely what they should be focusing on…in any individual panel.…Sometimes we're talking about conversational…or emotional scenes where we're extremely close…and we can really drill home to our reader…what the character is going through.…We can get right into their face and thus right into…their heads, seeing every twitch or tear…fall down their face.…Sometimes you'll use extreme close ups to show…a character seeing something very intense, or in shock,…or waking up out of a nightmare.…I also tend to use extreme close ups on those objects,…like I talked about before.…
Here I'm showing somebody removing a necklace…and then putting it on someone else.…And it can really help to show that quiet, you know,…slowed down version of that very same scene…that you can see in a multitude of different ways.…Sometimes it's a character picking up their weapon…or clenching their fist, or maybe they're just nervously…
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