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starting a page

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 1:09 PM
i did a panel at wondercon over the weekend about "Drawing Comics" and one of the questions from the audience was " how do you over the fear ( or anxiety) of starting a page and taking it to finish from blank. I remember answering something like " having a deadline makes you have to, also it being your job, bills, and such"- something like that. Although half jokingly, those things are definitely true.  But i think maybe they wanted a more creative response.

in any case, one way is to learn about your characters on the page, understand them, understand their surroundings, and then connect the two. having a good understanding of where your characters are positioned in their setting will definitely makes it easier to move then around and tell a story.

anyway, just figured i'd put that out there.

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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a very cool advice, given that your characters and surroundings are throughtly explained in the script.
But that doesn't always happens, specially when working in the "Marvel method" with only a loose plot, that's when I struggle a bit.
TedKimArt Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good advice!
Dreamerwstcoast Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
The words i look for are "The Feel". it's how i get the characters to tell me what they want to do. once i have "feel" for them, they just start telling their story for me.
Genko Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oo That reminds me of something Jack Kirby would say~
b-dangerous Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Very interesting!

ECCC, eh? Sadly, I won't be attending, but I have some friends who will be. If I gave them one of my Bat-books, would you sign it?
skmonteiro Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Although I'm no professional I actually LOVE starting on a fresh, blank page. I might not love it halfway through the page, but that beginning, measuring and drawing out the panels, is magical.
SheldonGoh Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Good advice about placing the characters in a space. Thinking about the surroundings and environment and general "set design" are something I need to do more of.
9ada Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
kaname-chan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Wise words and something I will take to heart.
JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Loving the words! It's inspiring me to get my together and start on my personal comic that has been collecting a ton of dust!
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