I got an ask about my comic process so I figured I’d answer it separately coz it might get long haha. I have no idea what I’m doing! So don’t take this as gospel, it’s just what I do and how I roll.
1. Planning! Generally I write down a bunch of one sentence or couple word points. They don’t even have to be plot points, they’re just stuff I want to happen at one point or another in the story. I’d show you my notebook but it is 100% spoilers lmao. But say for Chapter 1, notes would be like - meets jude - loses bag - is ambushed- can’t speak - is let in the house - runs from zombies - other people. Something like that. I usually do a couple chapters of notes at a time, because you can see these notes are SUPER vague, and that way I can move things around so they affect the story more. A lot of times I rearrange ‘reveals’ or information so they impact each other more than having them be in different orders, if that makes sense. I don’t write any dialogue or script, apart from one or two lines I might definitely want to be in a scene or chapter.
2. Shitty roughs! I approach my roughs like I approach storyboards - a bucnh of establishing shots and poses, and then cut down what you don’t need. Since a lot of my comics are dialogue, gestures and facial expressions are pretty important. I do most of my roughs in a 4x5 2$ sketchbook I got from Daiso lmao,
You can see I scribble things out constantly, which I think is important! I’ve ditched entire pages of stuff because they weren’t working or I thought of something better, and it’s important to not be totally married to an idea. I don’t really use templates or anything either, coz it’s easier to just draw in panels as you go and resize them later. Since I don’t do scripts or plans, this is where I pretty much write everything. I’m not sure what kind of tips to give here, but I definitely say all of my dialogue out loud to myself and wander around acting… which feels and looks dumb but it’s as important in comics as it is in animation! Use yourself as reference! Think of how your characters would feel in these situations and how they’d react to their surroundings. I set the first scene of Chapter 3 in Jude’s workroom to show that some time had passed and that he was comfortable enough with Joe in the house to get back to routine, but not so comfortable that he wouldn’t instantly shove a hot soldering iron directly into his face lmao. Your environment can show a lot about a scene!
3, Tie downs! Make it look like… not garbage…
And again, you can still mess with stuff! I change shit after I’ve completely finished a page sometimes. idk I can’t stress that enough - I see a lot of people getting stuck on their first roughs coz they’re not perfect, but that’s fine! Do your roughs, change them in your tie downs, change them in your inks, change them when you’re colouring. Nobody’s gonna know unless you tell them lol. Sometimes stuff has to change for it to work better and its good to be able to recognize that.
And then the rest is just finish it, but I hope this is the kind of process stuff you’re looking for? I tried to not be too technical coz lbr i draw with a hotel pen in a dollar store sketchbook, the materials aren’t that important lol. Basically my advice is: a chapter is a scene, think of it like a DVD chapter where one important plot point happens and it has its own self contained beginning, middle, and end. Have your point you wanna make, make it, and then go on and make another one, and then baby you got a
stew going comic