Saturday, March 22, 2008
How I layout out my comics pt. 1
I get asked about my process pretty often, mainly because I think people believe I have some trick to making a comic and keeping it on time. I don't have "tricks" so much as a work flow that changes with the need of the project.
The foundation of any page is the layout. That's where you figure out the camera angles, panel composition, and pace of the panels. It's also where you're going to make the most mistakes, and where you can cut them off before they grow on the actual page.
The size of the layouts vary for me, from half the page size to as small as 2 x 3 or so. I do them VERY quickly, either with a pencil or digitally using my Wacom tablet, after I've read the script a minimum of three times to get my head around it. I try to pick a focal scene, one that is the most important or interesting on the page. I'll then weave the other panels around it. I also try and keep in mind the amount dialogue will be on an individual panel, and plan around the balloons.
I also try and position certain elements on the page so that the eye naturally flows from one panel to the next. I'll post more about that on another day.