Silvia 13: comic page creation 2 by Elcet ()
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Comments: This explains the serious way to create comics. A comics starts from a story which is cut into individual illustrations called panels. These panels are organized in pages. Commercial Belgian-style comics use 46 pages with few exceptions (granted only to famous comic authors). The action begins on page 3, and ends at page 48. This page is number 13. The scenario is as follows: Silvia, then 11 years old, is invited by her granduncle Antonio, the house of whom has been shown earlier to the reader. She discovers a bibelot, which immediately catches her attention, because she understands that the object is from Asiatic origins, like she is (she is born in Vietnam and has been adopted in France). She asks Antonio about the place where her granduncle has found the object, but Antonio gives an unclear answer. Silvia is then willing to take the object in her hands, but Antonio refuses. One can imagine that the little heroin, who is furious to have been fooled, will do her best to know more about this mysterious sculpture later… and you can guess that the object is a key issue for the rest of the story. My scenario-writer asked me to draw 9 panels in this page. He gave me not only a description of what he is willing to see in each panel (including the point of view, graphic mood…), but also what the 3 people (Rodrigo her adoptive father, Antonio, and Silvia) are saying in the balloons. So, I began to make a crude sketch (left image) to see if the text elements leave a sufficient place for the drawings, and to get an idea how the people interact from panel to panel (remember that the comics are a "sequential art"). You must always start from the story, and place the text elements first in each panel. If you put the drawings first, it is clear that you will fail because, if there is a lot of text and you have forgotten it, you will not be able to place the balloons inside the panels. When all that is OK, you can begin a more precise draft, which is shown in the right image. How to get a more precise drawing is the topics that I have explained here:
Silvia 8: comic page creation (for the Drawing Day)
Later I will tell you my experiments with color. You can also visit my comic project’s site:
"Silvia (the adventures of Silvia Robin)"
This site is entirely bi-lingual (french/english), except for the balloons which are only in french. The access to comic pages needs, as said in my current homepage, a secret code. But without code, there are 59 drawings (formerly 52) in 3 galleries to enjoy!
Image Comments (21)
Claywoman () 4:25PM | Tue, 16 September 2008
Wow excellent work! It is coming along very nicely. I cannot wait to see the blessings of your comic book going global!
jocko500 () 5:59PM | Tue, 16 September 2008
got to be hard at times but worth the touble to do this. of couse the money but there must be the love for this work too. wonderful looking here
2Loose2Trek () 7:56PM | Tue, 16 September 2008
First of all, I hope things are better with your mother. She is in my thoughts and prayers. Wonderful work Edouard. You have so much talent for the creation of well crafted comics and intricate story lines. This is really superb work.
helanker () 1:45AM | Wed, 17 September 2008
What a beautiful cartoon artwork. Looks reallt fantastic and must be a HUGE work to do.
Richardphotos () 8:33PM | Wed, 17 September 2008
it is all French to me but I can appreciate your art. especially the man in the lower right next to last has remarkable detail.maybe because I recognize the wrinkles when I shave in the mornings!!!
Severine () 8:46AM | Thu, 18 September 2008
Chouette !!! J'adore voir l'élaboration de ton travail !! Pis j'aime l'histoire ^-^ Une autre viiiiiitteeeee ^-^
novelist () 7:33AM | Sat, 20 September 2008
It's so interesting and educational to visit your gallery. It's fun to see how these evolve. I, too, send good wishes for you mother.
dphoadley () 12:56AM | Wed, 24 September 2008
I understand that comics are held in much higher regard in Europe than they are in America, where they are considered to be nothing but 'Kid-Stuff.' So far, this looks very good, DO keep up the good work. DPH
clam73 () 10:34AM | Sun, 28 September 2008
very well done....I like the explanations about your creative work and techniques.....entertaining and interesting....lovely done! :-)