daisiechain asked:

Hi! I just wanted to say I am a huge fan of your art and I wanted to ask for some advice as I am planning on making a comic but I have no idea where to start and how to lay it out. :/ If you don't mind me asking, what process do you go through when you create a comic page? sorry if this is an inconvenience and you don't have to tell me! Thank you for creating beautiful work and I am particularity in love with your comic Avialae! <3

Miss Lucid Answer:

Hi! Ah thank you so much! Uhh let’s see…I’ll try to make this as concise as possible since I actually went to college for comic art and I have a lot of things to say that may or may not be art school bullshit.

My personal comic making process depends on the story. For example, Impact Theory has a more complex plot, so I script out everything and divide up the script into pages before moving to thumbnails. Avialae is something I write directly as thumbnails since it’s more straightforward as far as storytelling goes. 

Thumbnailing is…really important…so important. Don’t ever skip it. My comic thumbs are usually ~2”x3” If you’re working off a script (which I might recommend if you don’t have a ton of experience with comics), cut the script into pages and then panels. Try not to keep too much information in one panel. Think about pacing and how it’s gonna effect the size and number an shape of your panels. If there’s a particular moment you want to stretch out, consider panels where nothing happens. When you’re reading other comics, take note of how pages flow and what kind of pacing and storytelling draws you in. There’s no wrong way to do this. Everyones’ storytelling is different, and the truth of the matter is that you’re not gonna find out what kind of storyteller you are until you start making comics. 

Page design is also something that’s pretty important to me. I love pages that have a defined look to them—that aren’t just a bunch of panels slapped together. This could just be how you deal with contrast and how you lead the eye through the page. There’s this thing in comics where you always want to pull the reader along by drawing physical directions. Not like arrows or numbers, but like if a character is pointing at something, the line of their arm should lead to the next panel. There are so many ways to do this and again there’s not a wrong way to do it. Just. Take a step back every now and then and see how the page fits together.

And just keep making comics! You can go to school for this and study the theory as much as you want, but the only way you’re REALLY going to get better is by actually making a metric fuckton of comics and learning what works and what doesn’t for you personally. 

(also I’m posting publically this b/c I get this type of question a lot and I don’t check my messages very often so~yey comics advice!)

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