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How to Create a Comic- Tutorial Section II

Last time on Section I, we covered the basics of storytelling in relation to comics, how text and dialogue can be formatted into sequential images, and various panel techniques to arrange your scenes.

Now that you have a script for a story, you should be aware of several things that are occurring as you begin sketching the panels: the panel’s layout to “direct” the readers through the story, individual composition within each panel, a character’s body language or expression, and how action is shown.

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The 2016 Perseid meteor shower performed well on the night of August 11/12. The sky on that memorable evening was recorded from a perch overlooking Yosemite Valley, planet Earth, in this scene composed of 25 separate images selected from an all-night set of sequential exposures. Each image contains a single meteor and was placed in alignment using the background stars. The digital manipulation accounts for the Earth’s rotation throughout the night and allows the explosion of colorful trails to be viewed in perspective toward the shower’s radiant in the constellation Perseus. The fading alpenglow gently lights the west face of El Capitan just after sunset. Just before sunrise, a faint band zodiacal light, or the false dawn, shines upward from the east, left of Half Dome at the valley’s far horizon. Car lights illuminate the valley road. Of course, the image is filled with other celestial sights from that Perseid night, including the Milky Way and the Pleiades star cluster. 

Image Credit & Copyright: Mike Shaw

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Hey! This is the result of my first project for a class about sequential imaging. I adapted the story “The Legion of Honor” by Guy de Maupassant into a beat board, taking liberties with the setting by turning it into a space opera but otherwise keeping the story intact.

anyways: I am absolutely going to keep that buff heroic frog design around.

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My commission money goes toward paying for rent/bills/meds/groceries for myself and my partners! I will draw most things (as well as most NSFW) and more complicated commissions (sequential images, character sheets, etc) will be considered and priced on an individual basis. Reblogs appreciated!! 

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A year ago, I released a set of sequential images that I thought at the time were called an animatic. In reality, those were thumbnails. Now, a year later I am more well educated in the art of illustration, animation and storytelling.

Last year, I was enamored by InkPotts beautiful concept of creating animatics of ponies merged with the wonderful world of Broadway musicals. When they released the Pinkamena version of the Confrontation Track from the musical Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde I fell in love with the concept as well. I knew the song fit perfectly with Nightmare Moon and Luna. So out of fun I recorded my voice and manipulated my pitch in order to make it suitable for me to use it for my drawings. I was SO SICK when I recorded the song that I barely could hit the notes, but still I am happy with the end result. I took one week scribbling on storyboards templates what I more or less had in my head and at the moment I thought it was brilliant. Little I knew that I could do better, so much better. That is why I have taken the next opportunity of time available to elaborate on this project again. I some day wish to be able to animate fully and as I go through the path  of my college career in animation and fine arts, I feel that day coming closer to the present.

I want to thank everybody who has been alongside my evolution as an artist. My Family, my Followers and my friends and loved ones. This is for you. Please enjoy it.

GAINING PERSPECTIVE ON GRAPHIC NARRATIVE: essential/ worthwhile/ personal favorite books regarding comics as an art, technique, style, or serve other significance

in short, i work at a book store and take great advantage of the ability to order whatever i want for the store without bearing the responsibility of paying for anything. i read a lot of books and texts about comics because i’m driven to make a graphic novel i’m proud of, these are just some of many i find noteworthy- b/c no one actually needs a bunch of courses or an art degree to obtain a broader upstanding of the illustrated narrative and subsequently grow as a comic artist.

  1. binky brown meets the holy virgin mary - justin green (duh. essential for contextualizing early crumb/ spiegelman/ a lot of work in the comix scene & era as well as serving as the ultimate ideal model for the autobiographical comic narrative.)
  2. graphic women: life narrative and contemporary comics - hilary l. chute (adore this one- its subjects and contents are the bible for women producing autobiographic comic content)
  3. panel discussions: design in sequential art storytelling - durwin s. talon (an essential and personal favorite and all around perfect book)
  4. comics versus art: comics in the art world - bart beaty
  5. the power of comics: history, form and culture - randy duncan
  6. cartooning: philosophy and practice - ivan brunetti
  7. german expressionist woodcuts - shane weller
  8. the art of the woodcut: masterworks from the 1920s - malcolm c. salaman
  9. wordless books: the original graphic novels - david a. berona
  10. graphic witness: four wordless graphic novels - masereel, ward, patri, and hyde (this and the former three are the best introduction to textless graphic novels/ expressionist woodcuts that i’ve come across. woodcut narratives have been so huge for me.)
  11. critical approaches to comics: theories and methods - randy duncan 
  12. underground classics: the transformation of comics into comix - james philip danky
  13. from staple guns to thumb tacks: flyer art from the 1982-1995 new orleans hardcore scene / punk is dead punk is everything (not a universal necessity but punk flyer art has always been a big inspiration and love of mine. it had visual command that lends well to comic structure)
  14. the visual language of comics: introduction to the structure and cognition of sequential images - neil cohn
  15. the art of possible! comics mainly without pictures - kenneth koch
  16. a hummet: a treated victorian novel - tom phillips 
  17. une semaine de bonte: a surrealistic novel in collage - max ernst (this and the former are some personal favorites and incredibly useful/ inspiring for incorporating collage elements into comic narrative)
  18. comics and sequential art: principles and practices - will eisner (any of eisner’s books are applicable here)
  19. the system of comics / comics and narration - thierry groensteen (all groensteen’s pieces on comics are so great.)
  20. how to draw noir comics: the art and technique of visual storytelling - shawn martinbrough
  21. comics and language: reimagining critical discourse on the form - hannah miodrag (a touch bloated and precociously academic but an insightful read nonetheless)
  22. best of comix book: when marvel comics went underground - stan lee
  23. panel one: comic book scripts by top writers - dwayne mcduffie
  24. AX volume 1: a collection of alternative manga - various authors (another personal favorite. but i think any comic artist can benefit from AX- it’s an amazing and diverse collection of highly stylized shorts that take really interesting and surreal narrative directions)
  25. vanishing point: perspective for comics from the ground up - jason cheeseman
  26. rebel visions: underground comix - patrick rosenkranz
  27. drawing words and writing pictures/ mastering comics - jessica abel & matt madden (yeah anything jessica abel touches is perfect)
  28. the graphic canon vol 1-3 - russ kick
  29. graphic subjects: critical essays on autobiography and graphic novels - michael a. chaney
  30. projections: comics and the history of twenty-first century storytelling - jared gardener
  31. lynd ward: six novels in woodcuts - lynd ward (..,,there’s nothing i can say about ward that would do him justice really. he was the master of the craft and i just consider his work so intrinsically important.)
  32. the language of comics: word and image - n.c. christopher couch
  33. the daniel clowes reader: a critical edition of ghost world and other stories, with essays, interviews, and annotations - daniel clowes 
  34. comics, comix, & graphic novels: a history of comic art -roger sabin (one of my favorites)
  35. a comics studies reader - jeet heer (an on point essay collective, way really impressed with the diversity of topics addressed)
  36. making comics: storytelling secrets of comics, manga, and graphic novels - scott mccloud
  37. love and rockets: the covers - los bros hernandez (the entire series is more ideal of course but l&r’s covers are engaging even in a secular context from their narrative)
  38. writing and illustrating the graphic novel: everything you need to know to create great work and get it published - daniel cooney
  39. 99 ways to tell a story: exercises in style - matt madden
  40. framed ink: drawing and composition for visual storytellers - marco mateu-mestre
  41. perspective! for comic book artists - david chelsea
  42. TO END ON A FUN NOTE ::: wampus, vol. 1 - franco frescura & luciano bernasconi ((the stupidly fun dated as hell french comic book that’s supposedly a cult classic but i’ve never encountered anyone else who’s actually read it so like, help me out here)

 

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Here they are!

The top pic is the actual full drawing, but every sequential image after is each row so you can see them better.

Row 1:

Row 2:

Row 3:

Row 4:

Row 5:

I apologize ahead of time if I messed up at all; I was doing the best I could with the refs I had haha.

If anyone wants the full-res, full-sized version of their OC, lemmie know, and I’ll give you a transparent version of it.