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
Skill Level Beginner
- [Voiceover] Hi, my name's Ben Bishop. As someone who loves to be involved in every step of the comic process, I could tell you my favorite part is when you take what's written in the script and figure out exactly how you're gonna show it on an illustrated page. Whether working from someone else's script or your own, I'm going to show you how I go about turning words into pictures and finding the most exciting and effective ways to tell your story, all the while keeping dynamic design and composition in mind. Throughout this course, we will cover the various steps it takes to lay out, or rough, a comic book page, from script, to picking your panels and poses, camera angles, and then, of course, putting it all together in a page that's ready to be finalized.
I'll show you some specific examples from a couple of my own books, and I'll demonstrate a few ways on how staying organized and prepared can keep you focused and creative. Alright, let's get started.