Join Ben Bishop for an in-depth discussion in this video Roughing your page, part of Penciling a Comic Book Page.
- [Voiceover] With our script all scribbled on…and our cheatsheet figured out,…we know what it is we're supposed to be drawing,…but now, it's time to actually create some space…to draw it in.…So, I want to make a couple new things, here.…We'll do a new document that is 10 by 10 inches.…So, just check that you're switched to Inches.…And that's just gonna give us…a nice square that we can work with.…I'm gonna make it color,…just in case I wanna use this red again.…10 by 10, cool.…So, this is gonna be our scrap sheet of paper.…This is where we're gonna make mistakes,…and try new things,…and figure out what kinda angles and poses…we're gonna be drawing for our panels.…
Then, I'm gonna make another one.…And this one's gonna be more in the shape…of an actual comic book page, more or less.…So, let's do 6 1/2 inches by 10.…300 Resolution, and, again, make sure it's RGB Color.…And that gives us a little comic page.…So that way, as we're figuring out these panels,…we can bounce them back and forth to the comic page…if we have to, to see that everything fits…
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