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Drawing panels
AlmightyNam at 7:56PM, Aug. 16, 2006
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I'm having a problem drawing panels. This might stem from the fact that I used to do sprite comics, but I can never make a panel just from scratch. I have to make the background and the characters separately and once I scan everything I digitally piece them together. I find it horribly inefficient to do that, so I'm wondering if I'm doing somehting wrong, just not being patient, or theres some type of trick involved in drawing the panels or if practice is the only solution.
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Titch at 9:41PM, Aug. 16, 2006
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Having the same problem myself.

I try and work out panel placement as a quick and exceedingly messy sketch before I start making the page proper. Then the usual, you know, using a ruler and set sqaure to keep it clean.
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deletedbyrequest03 at 6:42AM, Aug. 17, 2006
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Exactly what Titch said:

Always always ALWAYS draw a messy sketch before making a comic, or at least a script or something. You always have to plan out what you're going to do, or you may not draw what you wanted.

Easiest thing for me to do it to draw the panels first, after knowing where they go. Then, you draw your scenes.

That's me, anyway. I don't know if there is some sort of rule to paneling, but I think there are different styles, so there can't be an exact rule.

This year, school's full of BS!!!
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TCCPC at 8:43PM, Sept. 17, 2006
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I do it half and half. if I get some ideas and I KNOW what im gonna do I can improv it. and then when I run out of ideas I have to think about it. I never have to do a sketch version though.

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