I wish it were as simple as part one then part two but  I had to title it something!

Well firstly this is the follow up post and technically the first step as this is where you begin to plan out the layout and flow of the visual aspect of your story. I say flow because it could be easy to damage the story telling aspect by choosing poor viewpoints and ignoring key plot elements. On the other hand good choices of viewpoints and creating believable characters can enhance the storyline which I believe every good comic has achieved successfully.

So where to start? Assuming your happy with your story as I am and although my character dialogue is not set entirely in stone I am just really enthusiastic to get started as I found the writing process a bit of a slog. Above is my rough thumbnail of each panel for page one if you click the image it shall scroll to the next. Although I have thumb nailed the full story inorder to develop the pace and weed out unnecessary visual elements.  I was aware my first panel had to be an establishing shot  which give a feeling of the location ie is it modern or medieval are we inside or outside etc  so for me my story is set in one room so I needed an angle that could show most of the room and a couple of characters that will feature in my short story.

Next I do a more detailed rough which I create in blue line. Although this is done digitally the process still has a significant advantage over doing it in black. Originally a blue pencil would be used to sketch out the page which in turn a clean black graphite pencil line would be then drawn over the blue roughs. When the page was photocopied the blue lines would disappear, this also works well in photoshop as you can print out the blueline page draw over in pencil or ink and then easily select and erase the blue after scanning in the finished page.

Above is the blue line work and then the pencil lines which havent had any retouching or colour correction applied. When I was drawing out my blue line rough I was trying to maintain space for the word balloons.

I hope this is of some help or encouragement to produce your own comic book or at the very least getting you to pick up a comic and have a read.

Next Monday I am going to post my process of tackling the darkening of the pencil and whitening of the background in preparation of the colouring.