Learn how to move characters through a scene and the intended impact of changing their direction.
- [Instructor] Of course, characters are often tasked…with moving through a scene.…It's important to keep in mind the direction…of that movement,…because that's the direction our eyes…will want to move, as well.…Let me demonstrate.…First, let's look at this page,…where we, once again,…have a conversation between our two characters.…But this time, it's a little bit more of an argument.…The man is walking ahead of the woman…and ignoring her until here in panel one, two, three,…four, five, six,…when she says something that gets his attention…and completely stops him in his tracks,…and literally changes his direction.…
This helps us to understand the moment…of interest on this page,…even without dialog, we know something has changed.…If we had several panels of him going left…to right and then left and then right again,…we wouldn't get that same effect of his change…at that moment when she said something…that really gets to him.…Now let's look at this page,…where there's a bit more happening.…Now, our characters are the woman and the spider cat.…
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