Join Ben Bishop for an in-depth discussion in this video Finalizing your page, part of Penciling a Comic Book Page.
- [Voiceover] This is my final page.…I've taken all the panels that we did separately,…and put them together on one page that I feel…works very well compositionally.…And I'll tell you about how I placed these things,…and why they are the shapes they are,…and everything that went through my mind…as I was placing these panels.…So, again, like we talked about earlier in the course,…we have the very first thing we see at the top…left of this page, which is actually a little line…of dialogue that I took the liberty of writing.…"Guess it's just us," to really prove that…she's on her own down there.…And so we go right from that to her face,…and then in the grand scheme of things…all the way down to the very last thing on the page,…which is ultimately the decision she makes…to jump on that cat's face.…
So, we're taken through each of these panels…in a similar fashion as we were just taken through the page,…which is of course that top left to bottom right.…So here we have the hiss of the cat…all the way down to Valerius about to make her move…
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