Learn to sketch out possible poses. What are the characters doing in each panel? Begin thinking about how you want to show them doing it. Drawing things again and again and never settling until it’s right.
- [Voiceover] Okay, so the same way…that the script is written like a movie script,…we have to start thinking like we're the person…holding the actual camera filming this movie.…I'm gonna pick just one of these panels…or actions from our cheat sheet here…and figure out how I want to show that.…So, I'm gonna go ahead and just pick panel five,…up on elbows praying.…I don't always start with panel one,…it doesn't really matter because…we're not working on our actual comic book page here,…we're working on figuring out each of these…little actions or panels and by figuring them out,…I mean, what we're really gonna practice…is finding the right angle, finding…the right pose, trying to figure out…how far away from our character are we…if we're the person holding the camera.…
So, I'm gonna make a new layer…so I don't mess up the background here on my scrap paper…and I just start thinking out loud.…So, up on elbows praying, how do I want to show that?…I've got, this is an overhead, kind of bird's eye view…of our character Don, this little kid.…
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