Learn to place your panels into the page, and identify anything that’s not working right off the bat.
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- [Voiceover] Once you've sketched out all the panels…on your cheat sheet…you can begin placing them onto the actual comic book page…to see how they work together as a whole.…So let's go through our cheat sheet…and make sure we've got everything we need.…We're gonna cross-reference.…I actually redrew a lot of stuff over the break.…Okay, so we've got panel one,…Don on the ground,…our panel two is actually rolls to get up.…During the process I decided…I didn't really need closes eyes,…so I was still doing a bit of that consolidating…as I was sketching.…Panel three is now falls back down.…
Panel four will be up on elbows praying.…I ended up going for this view…to show that he's really down on the ground,…because he hasn't picked himself up just yet.…Panel five is on knees.…Panel six now almost on feet,…and I actually had a little note that said semi-smile,…so we can see I've noted that a little bit there.…Panel seven is standing at the water's edge.…And this is at almost his own point of view,…but we're a little bit over his right shoulder,…
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