Join Ben Bishop for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know, part of Penciling a Comic Book Page.
- Of course nowadays with digital drawing tools, penciling is not always done with an actual pencil. So we will be working on a Wacom Cintiq Drawing Tablet, but I assure you the process can be easily adapted to pencil and paper, and I'll be sure to show you how.
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