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The layout

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Storyboarding for comics

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The layout

  1. 1. The layout
  2. 2. First you’ll need to figure out what your story is about. Making a quick “story board” will help. This is not what your comic will look like – just the basic story.
  3. 3. Then you need to start to “compose” your panel. Think about making every area of the page visually interesting. Start by lightly sketching out where things will go.
  4. 4. Then start fleshing out the figures. Note: If you are going to include speech bubbles you shoud put them in before fleshing out your characters.
  5. 5. Now it is time for the details and shading.
  6. 6. Squint at this and notice how the artist uses the “values” to create visual interest all over the page.
  7. 7. Notice how the artist uses the placement of the speech bubbles to help make the composition visually dynamic.
  8. 8. Notice how the artist uses the size of the individual boxes (and how they overlap in places) to create visual interest.
  9. 9. Notice how the artist creates a sense of motion.
  10. 10. Here the artist makes some figures large and close-up and some figures small to change the viewers understanding of the space.
  11. 11. This artist uses a different type compositional strategy.
  12. 12. This artist tries a more experimental approach. Does it work?
  13. 13. Start thinking about a story Sketch out three possible storyboards in your workbook

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