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    Just wondering what steps people take to preplan composition of a page.

    Any tips, for making composition better?
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    well I'm no expert by any means, but my process goes like this:

    1. mark the script with boxes around the descriptions and text that go in each panel. Even though the script shows panel breaks, drawing a box around the words describing each panel helps me "see" the page start to form in my head.

    2. Identify which panel is the key piece of action or dialogue on the page, and put a big star next to that, to make sure I tryto make that the focus of the page. That panel might be the largest, or the one the others are all pointing towards, etc.

    3. Then just start on a sheet of graph paper. I use graph paper so I can make the page and panels the right proportions without needing a ruler at the rough stage. I line out a 4 by 6 inch grid on the graph paper, and start roughing in the main action of the page.

    4. Erase and re-do as necessary on the rough layout. Only bubble drawings for figures, unless it is a facial closeup, on which I'll rough in some features to show the gross expression.

    5. Try to keep in mind how the eye will track over the page. I'll use tilting panels, some spotted blacks, different perspective shots, or any other techniques I can think of to try to make the reader's eye go where I want it to.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ccicconi View Post
      well I'm no expert by any means, but my process goes like this:

      1. mark the script with boxes around the descriptions and text that go in each panel. Even though the script shows panel breaks, drawing a box around the words describing each panel helps me "see" the page start to form in my head.
      Seems a reasonable time saving device. Lack of consistent formatting is nice, but it does make it difficult sometimes to get used to using them I suppose (not that I would know, I've never drawn from a script
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      • #4
        "Working Methods" published by Two-Morrows

        This book give several artists the same script to several artists and followed them through the production process. I downloaded a free preview of Mark Schultz's work a few years back.
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