Join Ben Bishop for an in-depth discussion in this video Picking out your actions, part of Penciling a Comic Book Page.
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- [Voiceover] Now's the fun part, taking everything…we've learned and putting it into action…one panel at a time, as you plow through…penciling your comic.…I'm going to demonstrate all that we've gone over today…using a sample page from my graphic novel, The Aggregate.…From script to picking out your panels,…then creating a cheat-sheet, placing your panels,…and finally refining your penciled page.…All right, let's dive right in.…Here we have my sample script page,…and I actually write my scripts with the panels in mind,…so I already have that figured out here.…
Got panel one, panel two, panel three,…four, five, and six.…I'll often highlight that just so I can keep it in mind…and I actually write the number up at the top…of the page in case I ever forget how many panels…I need to plan for on this page.…Now the next step is we want to find…what is it we're actually drawing.…These are our descriptions here, but sometimes…they can be a little lengthy, and give us…information we don't necessarily need…every step of the way as we're drawing.…
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