Oct 26, 2012

Comic Strips - Any One Can Make It (Part Seven)

Here comes another fresh month, and what fresh do I have for all of you friends? Umm.. let’s see…
Well, we can make some serious stuff this time. I will try my best to be as descriptive as possible. Learning has always been a two way process. I myself have learned many things while trying to share my  technique and method of making comics with all you friends and I believe that the same is with you all too. That’s enough chit chat for this time let’s get started on our work…

This time we are not going to do an entire page but a single or a few frame of any random story. So, that we can focus on, and study the topics that comes up to us while making it. The total drill is the same like making any complete comics strip(like we did in previous issue) except, we have a pre-built story this time.

The layout plan – Placing the character and staging them according to the scene needs some camera sense. By saying camera sense I mean to say that having knowledge or ideal about placing camera (From where we are looking at the scene). Both character and camera runs in collaboration. Sometime due to the camera the prop (objects in the background) and even the character itself has to be re- place in order to, make the scene look more comfortable and easy on eyes or vice versa.
To go into more theoretical details about staging a scene and placing a camera, let’s mark and discuss the three frames in above strip plan that we have made

What we are seeing is division of a scene or a frame into unequal halves (Theory of “Golden Ratio”). If you are interested in the theory, one must look and study it well at “Wikipedia”. Here, as basic learners, we will just keep in mind that each and every scene or frame has to be divided unequally. It gives a flow to the scene or frame and makes it easy on eyes. Now let us correct each frame on the basis of unequal division.

The yellow lines are just for indication purpose, you don’t need to literally draw such thing when working. Now let’s find out our mistakes,
Frame 1-
We can slide the thief girl to a little bit right, she has occupied a lot space in the center. So as per the rule of dividing unequally, we will move her a bit.
Frame 2-
Here we don’t have any character. So how do we stage it? In such situations we take point of action, as our focus and arrange it accordingly. Which, here is the unlocking of the door with the “CLICK” sound.
Frame 3-
Preety much same as frame one. We can slide the character to the left this time but to use the space properly we will move the gun to the extreme right.
Same Theory is applied by dividing a frame horizontally too.
Here is the thing what we see after changes.

Compare yourself the difference and if you agree that the second one looks better, then try to find and understand why? By just placing things, here and there, how can one make a frame look more interesting?

So, next comes making the final penciling / sketch as we did in last issue.

Then inking it.

Finally, placing in dialogs with appropriate bubbles/balloons.

Hope, this was helpful to all. If you are very new to all this and find it a bit complex, then please look for the older parats of “Comics Strips - Anyone can make it”. Always do a lot of research and try to follow others work to learn more. So, let’s pack up for this time, we will learn more things in later issues. Keep trying and making comic strips.

by Simmi Singh simmi@fagangstuffs.com


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Part 007 | Part 008 | Part 009 | 


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