Learn how to pan in a still image by using multiple panels, or by using a single panel and moving the readers eye with your drawing.
- [Instructor] We've all seen cameras pan in movies before,…whether we took note of it…or even knew what it was called or not.…It's almost always happening.…Panning is the action of the camera just…moving slowly across a scene,…or sometimes it's happening even faster…in something like an action scene.…Panning happens in comics, too,…but again it's something you're less aware of as a reader,…and maybe more aware of…if you're the one actually drawing it.…The idea is similar to what we discussed with zooming.…You want to move the viewer through the scene.…You can see here in these top panels…we have a cannon that's firing…this ball of scrap metal,…and the camera actually follows it into panel two,…and then further into panel three…as it latches onto the spider-cat's leg,…taking us all the way from left to right,…but using multiple panels to do so.…
Here in this panel we have a case of panning happening…maybe without us even thinking about it.…It's done differently than the previous example…because, as you can see, it's all in one panel.…
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