Learn how to take a final pass at refinement.
- [Voiceover] The final step in penciling a comic book page…is making sure you're bringing it…to a certain level of finish.…Deciding what that level of finish is…depends on a few things.…It's not until I think I have everything…just where I want it, and I feel that the…composition of the page reads really well…without confusion, that I'll call it,…not done of course, but for the most part,…my editing and thinking out loud is done.…Now I just need to make sure the page…is in a good place quality-wise,…so that whoever is doing the final step,…which is finishing or inking the page,…knows what it is exactly that they're looking at.…
If I'll be doing my own finals or inking…on the comic, this might be where I leave things.…I tend to leave my penciled rough pages…a little rougher than I would if I were…handing them off to someone else to finalize.…But if you feel your pages are too rough,…and that you'd like to refine all the details a bit more,…by all means, let's tighten them up.…If you're working digitally, like we are here,…
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